As a business lawyer and a small business advocate, Vennum PLLC is focused on making your company successful. We consider our clients a part of our family. As a result, we use all of our corporate law experience and knowledge to defend their rights. After all, you created a business because you saw possibilities, and we can help pave the way.


The Vennum PLLC team provides solid legal experience, down-to-earth business smarts, and scintillating witticisms. Our clients depend on us to both navigate the legal issues they're facing, and help avoid future legal issues. We can identify trends and issues in the law and the industry, making sure our clients make the most of both.  We are able to do this because we focus exclusively on business and employment law.


Liz (lawyer + small business owner)

Business attorney works for startups and businessesAs a small business owner herself, Liz takes pride in helping build and grow local startups and small businesses. Nothing makes her happier than setting up an LLC, drafting an operating agreement, and then watching a company grow into a real live business and pillar of the community. Our clients are changing the way Charlotte does business-- bringing healthy lifestyle brands, exciting educational experiences, expert-level IT consulting, and killer fashion design to the Queen City. We couldn't be more proud.

Because our business clients know Liz has got their back, they know they can reach her when it matters most. Need to talk through a difficult employee termination conversation before the meeting? Liz is happy to help. Want to double-check that your company's operating agreement does not actually authorize your business partner to finance a new Bentley on the company dime? She'd lean towards "no," but it's still worth pulling up the file, reviewing it, and making sure he's playing by the rules. Sometimes running a business is amazing, and sometimes it's absolutely terrifying. Whatever it is for you right now, you don't have to go it alone.


Business attorney works for startups and businesses

Shelly (the nice one)

When you reach out to us, you’ll speak directly to our brilliant office manager, Shelly Moy. Not only is she certified in people skills and genuinely happy to help, but Shelly can get sh*t done like a total boss. If your legal issue isn't one we handle, we'll do our best to connect you with an attorney who can help. If, however, you're fortunate enough to be a small business owner, wanna-be business owner, entrepreneur, mompreneur, solo freelance calligraphic designer, coffee delivery service,* or person with a business law question, then you've come to the right place. Once you've passed the stringent but amazingly friendly Shelly vetting process, we'll get you on the schedule as soon as possible so you can speak with Liz Vennum, the experienced business law attorney.

Summer Law Clerks

business law and employment law internParks

Parks Noyes joins Vennum PLLC team for the summer as a rising 2L at Wake Forest University School of Law. He was born and raised in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He is an avid sports fan and spends his time cheering for the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets, the Demon Deacs, and the Braves.  When he is not watching sports, he enjoys spending time hiking and exploring with his adorable dog and his girlfriend of five years. He is interested in pursuing legal opportunities in real estate law, business/corporate law, or government relations. He is excited to be spending his summer in Charlotte with the Vennum PLLC team and he hopes to gain clarity about the exact area of law that is the best fit for him.



business law and employment law intern

Sophia Pappalardo is from Rochester, New York, "Home of the Garbage Plate." She received her bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C. During her time at American, she actively boxed with the Georgetown University Boxing Club and studied abroad in Havana, Cuba.After graduating, she took two years off before beginning law school at Wake Forest University School of Law. During her time off, she worked, volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with CASA of Rochester, NY, and played a lot of USTA tennis.

Since starting law school, she joined the Wake Forest Law Review executive board, the Latino Law Student Association executive board, the AAJ Trial Team, and the Black Law Student Association. She is also the project co-coordinator for the Know Your Rights pro bono project, which teaches community members about their rights when interacting with the police. She is looking forward to a great summer learning about business and employment law before returning to Winston-Salem to complete her final year at Wake Forest.