Dom Lerario focuses his practice on international business, economic development, and mergers and acquisitions. He is a leader within the international business community, serving on the board of directors of the Advisory Board of the Young Professionals of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and the council of the North Carolina Bar Association International Practice Section. He is also active in the Carolinas Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Dom assists companies with investments and expansions in the United States, including site selection and incentives, outbound investments and structuring, and domestic and cross-border M&A. He also counsels corporate venture capital divisions, family offices, and other private investors on investments into startups and emerging companies. In addition, Dom counsels clients on commercial contracting and general corporate law issues.
Dom has particular experience in the manufacturing, retail automotive, fintech, and health care industries. He has represented a variety of public and private companies, including global financial institutions, private equity sponsors, life sciences companies, hospitals, and energy companies.
Dom is fluent in Spanish and highly proficient in Mandarin. He has extensive travel and work experience in Asia and Latin America. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are licensed therapeutic foster parents. In addition to their three “forever” children, they regularly serve as a home for children in long-term foster care. Through this work, he is a member of the board of directors of Foster Village Charlotte, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports children and families involved in the foster care system.
Prior to joining Parker Poe, Dom was an attorney with the Charlotte office of an international law firm. He received his law degree from Duke University, where he was the symposium editor for the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law and a student attorney with the school's Start-Up Ventures Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar.