Fred D. Hutchison


Fred is the founding member of Hutchison PLLC. As a member of the firm, his practice is focused on corporate law, venture capital, securities and mergers and acquisitions. He enjoys counseling clients, both from the legal aspects, but also on business issues involved in starting and growing companies. 

Fred has represented more than 500 entrepreneurial companies over the years and has worked with some of the Triangle's leading technology companies, including Integrated Silicon Systems, Cree Research, Trimeris, SciQuest, Ganymede, Accipiter, OpenSite Technologies, Pozen and Icagen. Fred has also been an active angel investor within the Research Triangle area over the last 25 years and was instrumental in the enactment and subsequent renewals of the Qualified Business Venture Tax Credit for North Carolina investors. 

Fred was the founding President of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the largest entrepreneurial support organization in the country. He has also served as the Chair of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Chair of the Business Innovation Technology Advancement Center, an incubator for early stage companies, the Chair of the Triangle Community Foundation and as founding Chair of The Sports Council in Raleigh. 

Fred has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America and is regularly recognized by Business North Carolina as one of the best corporate lawyers in the State. Electronic Business magazine recognized him as one of the top 10 technology lawyers in the country in 1990 and Business Leader Magazine recognized him as the 2007 Entrebizneur of the Year. Additionally, in 2007, he was the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor given by the State of North Carolina. The award is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the State. 

Fred is the past Chair and serves on the Board of Directors of the First Flight Venture Center, a nonprofit organization which operates an incubator for technology and life science companies in the Research Triangle Park. Additionally, he is the past Chair and Board member of NC IDEA, a non-profit corporation offering grants to early stage companies. 

Fred earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971 and his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1975.