John C. Gilson is a private equity attorney in Holland & Knight's Charlotte office. His practice includes a broad range of corporate transactional matters. Mr. Gilson's core practice includes the representation of strategic and financial buyers and sellers in a variety of complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, carve-out transactions, structured equity products, cross-border transactions, minority equity, growth equity and venture capital investments, and joint ventures.

Mr. Gilson has extensive experience representing independent sponsors, search funds and traditional and self-funded searchers in all aspects of their transactions, including equity structuring and transaction execution. He has authored several articles and lectured on these topics.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Gilson was an attorney at law firms in New York and Charlotte.

During college, Mr. Gilson was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honor society at the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Gilson was also a two-time captain of the University at Albany men's lacrosse team and a member of the school's football team. He studied abroad in 13 different countries in Europe and the Middle East through Eastern Michigan University's European Cultural History Tour. He also served as a student teacher at an Albany middle school and public high school.


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Charlotte Chapter, Board Member 2014-2018, Chapter President, 2016-2017; Deal Crawl Committee, Chair, 2015
  • Leadership Charlotte, Class XXXII
  • Citizen Schools-North Carolina, Advisory Board Chairman, 2012-2016
  • Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, Managing Editor, 2002-2003
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine, Corporate Finance and Securities, 2013-2018
  • President's Volunteer Service Award, AmeriCorps, 2010-2011
  • Charlotte Business Journal, Corporate Volunteerism Award, 2010
  • Essay Competition Winner, American Judges Foundation, "Spoliation Sanctions in the Post-Enron Corporate Community; Procedural Remedies Used to Deter Substantive Corporate Fraud," 2003
  • Dean's Merit Scholar, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2000
  • Dean's List Scholar, State University of New York at Albany
  • Phi Alpha Theta


Speaking Engagements