David L. Ward, Jr.

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Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 867
New Bern, NC 28563-0867

Professional Experience

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, public housing authorities, and community colleges on a multitude of issues.  Mr. Ward is a member of the American Bar Foundation and is the Director Emeritus of the Board of the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina and a current director of the East Carolina University Medical and Allied Health Foundation.  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, 1983-2016
  • 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
  • North Carolina Bar Foundation Justice Fund Wall of Honor, 2006
  • "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 College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Carolinas Council of Housing, Redevelopment and Codes Officials - past
  • Christ Episcopal Church (past Senior Warden and past member, Rector Search Committee)
  • Craven County Bar Association (past president, 1973-1974)
  • Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (Regional Transportation Alliance)
  • 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; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; 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