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Ward and Smith, P.A. Receives Best Law Firm Ranking

Ward and Smith, P.A. has been recognized as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®.1  U.S. News and Best Lawyers® joined together to survey thousands of law firm clients, leading lawyers, law firm managers, partners, associates, and others involved in the legal profession, asking what factors each considered vital for clients hiring law firms, for lawyers choosing a firm for referral of legal matters, and for lawyers seeking employment.  Based on the survey, the publishers ranked nearly 9,000 firms in 81 practice areas.

Firms with the highest overall scores and located in 171 designated "metropolitan areas" are listed in the printed edition of "Best Law Firms."  Ward and Smith's metropolitan area offices include Asheville, Raleigh, and Wilmington.  Legal services in which Ward and Smith is ranked include:

Raleigh Metropolitan Area Tier 1   Raleigh Metropolitan Area Tier 2
Banking and Finance Law   Antitrust Law
Corporate Law   Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency
General Commercial Litigation     and Reorganization Law
Health Care Law   Construction Law
Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs   Environmental Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs   Venture Capital Law
Trusts & Estates Law   Workers' Compensation Law – Employers
     
Wilmington Metropolitan Area Tier 1   Wilmington Metropolitan Area Tier 2
General Commercial Litigation   Construction Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs    
     
Asheville Metropolitan Area Tier 2    
Land Use & Zoning Law    

Although U.S. News and Best Lawyers® did not consider Greenville and New Bern as metropolitan areas for purposes of inclusion in the "Best Law Firms" publication, firms in those cities were nevertheless ranked.  Ward and Smith's Greenville and New Bern offices received the following rankings:

Greenville Tier 1   Greenville Tier 2
Banking and Finance Law   Antitrust Law
Corporate Law   Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency
General Commercial Litigation     and Reorganization Law
Health Care Law   Construction Law
Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs   Environmental Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs   Venture Capital Law
Trusts & Estates Law   Workers' Compensation Law – Employers
     
New Bern Tier 1  

New Bern Tier 2

Banking and Finance Law   Construction Law
Corporate Law   Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency
General Commercial Litigation    

and Reorganization Law

Health Care Law  

Construction Law

Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs  

Environmental Law

Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs  

Venture Capital Law

Trusts & Estates Law  

Workers' Compensation Law – Employers

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1 Please see http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com for a further explanation of the selection process discussed above.

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