David L. Ward, Jr.

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1001 College Court
New Bern, NC 28562
Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 867
New Bern, NC 28563-0867


Mr. Ward's practice experience encompasses antitrust, banking, labor, personnel, litigation, trusts and estates, and all phases of business law.  He has represented banks, bank holding companies, housing authorities, and community colleges on a multitude of issues.  Mr. Ward is a member of the American Bar Foundation and past-Chairman and Director Emeritus of the Board of the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina.  He also served on the Medlin Commission on the Future of the Courts in North Carolina and chaired its Technology Committee.  Mr. Ward has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law.

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1962
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court

Honors and Distinctions*

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1983-2014
  • BTI Client Service All-Star Team, 2007 and 2009
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2002-2003
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Hall of Fame, Corporate Counsel, since 2004
  • North Carolina Bar Association Hall of Fame, Inducted in 1999
  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2013
  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 100, 2009 


  • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1962. Editorial Board, Duke Law Journal, Vice President, Duke Bar Association.
  • B.S. in B.A. (Accounting), Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1957

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Section: Antitrust Law
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Carolinas Council of Housing, Redevelopment and Codes Officials - past
  • Craven County Bar Association (past president, 1973-1974)
  • Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • North Carolina Bankers Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Division: Senior Lawyers
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Antitrust and Complex Business Dispute; Business Law; Corporate Counsel
  • North Carolina Chamber
  • United States District Court Magistrate Judge Panel (chair, 2005)

* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; www.businessnc.com/legalelite; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.

Practice Groups

Practice Concentrations

  • Antitrust
  • Bank Holding Companies
  • Banks and Other Financial Institutions
  • Community College Law
  • Corporations
  • Estate Planning
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Peer rated