W. DeVane Tidwell Managing Director

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As a former Big Law partner and a division general counsel, I have sat on the other side of the desk as both the counselor and the client. I use this experience to help partners and law firms assess and meet their respective needs, to find the right fit for both and to ensure that the process is efficient.

W. DeVane Tidwell is a Managing Director in our Partner Practice Group covering the Southeast with an emphasis on the Atlanta and Charlotte markets. In this role, DeVane focuses on representing individual law firm partners and partner groups in the lateral market.

DeVane resides in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody with his wife, Laura, his daughter, Parker, and his son, Brayden.  If he's not traveling around the region watching his kids play volleyball, soccer and basketball, you can find him enjoying time with his family and friends, playing golf, following the Duke Blue Devils during basketball season (it's a long story) or traveling the country.


DeVane has nearly 20 years of combined law firm and in-house experience. Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, he was a partner in the Charlotte office of Helms Mulliss & Wicker, now a part of McGuireWoods. His practice focused on securities and mergers and acquisitions, serving corporate clients, including Bank of America Corporation and its subsidiaries. He then enjoyed a successful career as a vice president and division general counsel at Newell Brands, a worldwide marketer of consumer and commercial products. In this role, he managed the legal affairs for two of Newell's largest operating divisions.

It is this unique blend of experience that allows DeVane to be keenly aware of the specific career objectives of law firm partners and the needs of their corporate clients.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: J.D.

Davidson College: B.A., Political Science


North Carolina State Bar

Davidson College Alumni Association Board, Executive Committee