Wm. Fletcher Fairey

General Counsel

​Fletcher is an attorney and member of the North Carolina State Bar with more than 20 years of experience managing legal affairs for global research institutions and technology companies as in-house and outside legal counsel. He has advised on a wide variety of issues, including institutional governance, research partnerships, commercial transactions, intellectual property, procurement, investments, and compliance. He has lived and worked in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East and conducted business globally. 

Fletcher graduated from Davidson College, obtained his master's degree in Spanish American Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from the Washington College of Law at American University. Fletcher was an associate at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. He began his in-house legal career at Amadeus IT Group in Madrid, Spain. He went on to serve as Associate General Counsel at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at North Carolina State University. He also was General Counsel and VP, Operations at Julz Co, a venture capital firm based in North Carolina and China. Fletcher was Associate General Counsel at KAUST prior to being appointed to his current role in December 2019.