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Thirty-one Ward and Smith, P.A. Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

| Shannon E. Lanier

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Ward and Smith, P.A. attorneys recognized as 2017 Best Lawyers® include:

Asheville

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

William S. Durr (2013) [5]
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

Lynwood P. Evans (2013) [5]
Medical Malpractice Law — Plaintiffs

E. Bradley Evans (2016)
Commercial Litigation
Litigation — Construction

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) [5]
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
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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) [5]
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

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

Wilmington

Thomas S. Babel (2013) [5]
Commercial Litigation

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

Edward J. Coyne, III (2016)
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Ryal W. Tayloe (2009) [5]
Bet-the-Company Litigation
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.

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