Steve leads the Firm's business development and client relationship efforts. His practice experience encompasses business law (including formations, transfers and acquisitions, tax planning, and controversies) and estate planning. Most of Steve's legal career has been devoted to counseling business owners and managers, and other professionals, on a diverse range of legal and business issues. He has lectured extensively on business law, tax, and estate planning matters, and has authored and co-authored manuscripts on those subjects. Steve presently is engaged in building and maintaining relationships with business managers and professionals across a broad range of industries. He also has been and remains involved in a broad array of civic, charitable, economic development, and philanthropic activities. Steve has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law.
The best thing about Ward and Smith is the culture of teamwork and lack of competition among attorneys. I would not want to work in a law firm where attorneys compete with each other, and do combat in the halls. Many law firms are like that.
I would most like to live in eastern North Carolina. Why? It's very simple: It is the only place I have ever lived, and I love it, with all its warts and challenges. I've lived a blessed life here, and so many people don't have the same blessings I have had. My motivation is to help the people of the region as much as I possibly can as long as I possibly can.
"One thing I know: the only ones of you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Albert Schweitzer
* 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.
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