June 20, 2017

Ward and Smith, P.A.

Phone: 800-998-1102

Ward and Smith, P.A. is the successor to a practice founded in 1895.  Our core values of client satisfaction, reliability, responsiveness, and teamwork are the standards that define who we are as a law firm.  Ward and Smith ensures that your legal matters are handled with attentive intelligence by attorneys and staff who work together to build meaningful relationships with our clients.  We do this by being knowledgeable in more than 30 practice areas, providing efficient results, and effectively using technology.  We are your established legal network with offices located in Asheville, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, and Wilmington.  

Ward and Smith is committed to building and maintaining relationships with every client because we understand that every client has unique needs.  We work to become fully acquainted with the management style and operations of our clients.  This enables us to provide timely and effective legal services.  Our attorneys are dedicated to providing frequent and full communication to our clients with respect to pending and anticipated legal issues that may affect them.  We advocate a proactive and preventive approach to our clients' legal issues so that through proper planning and maintenance our clients can avoid legal difficulties and costs.  We believe that this approach provides our clients with responsive, high-quality, and cost-effective legal services. 

Contributing authors from Ward and Smith, P.A.:

Derek Allen, Ward and Smith Law Firm, Alcoholic Beverage and Land Use Attorney
Derek leads the Alcoholic Beverage Law, Real Estate Development, and Zoning and Land Use practices.  He has extensive experience with craft breweries ranging in size from small startups to...
Deborah B. Andrews, Ward Smith, complex tax matters lawyer, Employee Benefits Attorney
Deborah's practice encompasses a broad range of complex tax matters. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and regularly advises individuals, businesses and tax-exempt entities on...
 Joanne H. Badr, Ward Smith, Commercial Real Estate Attorney Representing Lenders and Developers
Joanne's practice emphasizes the representation of banks and other financial institutions in commercial loan transactions involving asset-based and real estate secured loans, including new...
Adam M. Beaudoin, Ward Smith, business entity formation lawyer, articles of incorporation attorney
Adam's practice experience encompasses a broad range of business law and transactional matters, including preparation of all components of business entity formation, including articles of...
Marla S. Bowman, Ward Smith, business, civil, and commercial litigation matters
Marla's practice experience focuses on a broad range of business, civil, and commercial litigation matters in state and federal court.  Clients rely on Marla for her advice regarding...
Drake Brinkley, Ward Smith Law Firm, Commercial Real Property Attorney and LEED Green Associate
Drake works with entities and individuals in transactions involving commercial real property. A substantial portion of his practice is focused on representing both landlords and tenants in...
Wes J. Camden, Ward Smith, White Collar Defense and Investigations Attorney
Wes helps businesses and professionals respond to government investigations or criminal prosecutions. A former federal prosecutor, Wes uses his insight to frame his client’s situation,...
Virginia Carter, Estates, Trusts, Living Will, Attorney, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Virginia practices in the area of estate planning and estate administration.  She assists in the preparation of all components of estate plans, wills, revocable trusts, durable powers of...
John R. Cella, Jr., Ward Smith, minors trusts lawyer, irrevocable life insurance trusts attorney
John counsels clients in estate and business planning matters. He prepares estate planning documents, including wills, revocable trusts, minors trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts,...
Edward J. "Trip" Coyne, Litigation Attorney, Ward and Smith, Law firm, Corporate, construction, commercial, class action, maritime, and real property litigation
Trip maintains a diverse litigation and general business practice. He has significant experience in corporate, construction, commercial, class action, maritime, and real property litigation...
Eldridge Dodson, Trusts, Estates Attorney, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Eldridge is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. She assists all types of clients in drafting and implementing...
E. Bradley Evans, Ward Smith, Litigation lawyer, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials, and appeals
Brad is one of the firm's Managing Directors.  His experience encompasses various areas of civil litigation in both the federal and state courts.  He has experience in all aspects of civil ...
Lynwood P. Evans, Ward Smith, Civil Litigation lawyer, Pre Suit Negotiation
Lynwood leads the Litigation practice.  His experience encompasses a wide variety of civil litigation in both state and federal courts.  He has extensive experience in all aspects of...
Paul Fanning, Bankruptcy Law, Ward and Smith Law FIrm
Paul leads the Creditors' Rights practice and is certified by the American Board of Certification and the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer...
J. Michael Fields, Health Care Attorney, Ward and Smith, Law Firm, Mediation, Bankruptcy
Health Care Attorney
Michael leads the Health Care practice.  He counsels physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers on regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters.  He represents all types of...
Shawna Lemon, Patent attorney, IP, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Shawna serves as outside patent counsel to pharmaceutical and biotechnology management teams and universities where she engages in the formulation and implementation of global patent...
Norman Leonard, Intellectual Property, Creditors Rights, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Norman's practice encompasses a broad range of creditors' rights and intellectual property matters.  His creditors' rights practice includes the representation of lenders, trade creditors,...
Lance P. Martin, North Carolina Board Certified Specialist, Business Bankruptcy Law, Attorney, Ward and Smith Law Firm
North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law
Lance represents creditors in bankruptcy, collections, foreclosures, Uniform Commercial Code security agreement enforcement, and structured liquidations and workouts.  He also represents...
Caroline B. McLean, Ward Smith, Products Liability lawyer, intellectual property litigation attorney
Caroline's practice experience encompasses various areas of commercial and business litigation.  She tries products liability, property disputes, intellectual property litigation, including...
James Nordent, Government Relations Attorney, Ward and Smith Law FIrm
Government Relations Attorney
Jamie works regularly with individuals, corporations, and governmental entities on a variety of complex legal matters.  His experience in substantive areas of the law includes government...
Caroline Outten, Business Transaction Attorney, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Caroline's practice encompasses a broad range of business law and transactional matters.  She assists clients with the formation of new business entities, stock purchase transactions, asset...
 E. Knox Proctor V, Ward Smith, financial institutions lawyer, regulatory background attorney
Knox is a general business attorney with a financial institutions and regulatory background. He helps large, mid-sized, and small businesses with general corporate and business issues,...
Erica B. E. Rogers, Ward Smith, Intellectual Property Lawyer, Copyright Registration Attorney
Erica practices in an array of intellectual property law areas. She assists with copyright and trademark registration, management, and application. J.D., University of New Hampshire School...
Stanley Sams, Real Estate, Attorney
Stanley has many years of experience in a broad range of real estate, business, and transactional matters, including business start-ups, financing, contracts, and transfers.  He regularly...
Jerry Sayre, FLSA, FMLA, Employment Attorney, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Jerry's practice experience encompasses all aspects of federal and state employment law, including Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age...
Matthew W. Thompson, Ward Smith, estate and trust administration issues lawyer,
Matt focuses his practice on estate planning and estate and trust administration issues.  He has experience working with closely-held business owners on succession planning, tax, and other...
 James F. Verdonik, Ward Smith, Securities Attorney, Advisor for Technology and Science Based Businesses
Jim leads the firm's Securities practice.  He focuses his practice on matters involving corporate and securities law.  He advises entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors about how to...
Amy P. Wang, Ward Smith, conducting due diligence lawyer, remediating contaminated properties attorney
Amy leads the Environmental practice with a focus on the environmental aspects of real estate and business transactions, including coastal development.  She has built trust with her clients...
Jeremy M. Wilson, Ward Smith, professional malpractice lawyer, premises liability attorney, law firm
Jeremy leads the Personal Injury and Wrongful Death practice.  He has extensive experience litigating claims for wrongful death, serious personal injury, and a broad range of civil...