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Thirty Ward and Smith, P.A. Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  A listing in Best Lawyers® is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.  For more than three decades, Best Lawyers® lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.  

Ward and Smith, P.A. attorneys recognized as 2016 Best Lawyers® include: 

Asheville

Derek J. Allen (2009) [5]
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation — Land Use and Zoning

William S. Durr (2013)
Family Law

Lance P. Martin (2015)
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law 

Greenville

A. Charles Ellis (1995) [20]
Medical Malpractice Law — Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation — Plaintiffs

E. Bradley Evans (*)
Commercial Litigation
Litigation — Construction

Lynwood P. Evans (2013)
Medical Malpractice Law — Plaintiffs

Paul A. Fanning (2011) [5]
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation — Bankruptcy

Michael P. Flanagan (1995) [20]
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation — Bankruptcy

Merrill G. Jones, II (2013)
Corporate Law

John M. Martin (1995) [20]
Family Law
Personal Injury Litigation — Plaintiffs 

New Bern

Donalt J. Eglinton (2009) [5]
Commercial Litigation
Copyright Law
Litigation — Construction
Litigation — Intellectual Property
Litigation — Patent
Patent Law
Trademark Law

S. McKinley Gray, III (2009) [5]
Litigation — Labor and Employment
Workers' Compensation Law — Employers

William R. Lathan, Jr. (2005) [10]
Banking and Finance Law
Financial Services Regulation Law

Gregory T. Peacock (2010) [5]
Litigation — Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates

C. H. Pope, Jr. (1995) [20]
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law
Timber Law

E. Knox Proctor V (2010) [5]
Administrative / Regulatory Law
Banking and Finance Law
Corporate Law
Financial Services Regulation Law

Clint D. Routson (2005) [10]
Real Estate Law

J. Troy Smith, Jr. (1987) [30]
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Corporate Law

David L. Ward, Jr. (1983) [30]
Banking and Finance Law
Corporate Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
International Trade and Finance Law
Litigation — Antitrust

Leigh A. Wilkinson (2010) [5]
Health Care Law

Kenneth R. Wooten (2005) [10]
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation — Construction 

Raleigh

William Joseph Austin, Jr. (2009) [5]
Employment Law — Management
Labor Law — Management
Workers' Compensation Law — Employers

Albert R. Bell, Jr. (1995) [20]
Employment Law — Management
Labor Law — Management

William E. Martin (2013)
Real Estate Law

Michael L. Miller (1991) [25]
Arbitration
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Mediation
Tax Law
Trusts and Estates

Gary J. Rickner (1995) [20]
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation — Defendants

James F. Verdonik (1995) [20]
Corporate Law
Technology Law
Venture Capital Law 

Wilmington

Thomas S. Babel (2013)
Commercial Litigation

Jenna Fruechtenicht Butler (2010) [5]
Commercial Litigation
Litigation — Securities
Litigation — Trusts and Estates
Personal Injury Litigation — Plaintiffs

Ryal W. Tayloe (2009) [5]
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Litigation — Construction
Litigation — Real Estate

(Year)  First year the lawyer was listed.
(*)  Lawyers who are listed for the first time in Best Lawyers.
[] Total number of years of inclusion in five-year increments.

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