We take pride in our ability to effectively facilitate solutions for our clients. That motivation applies to dispute resolution, development of businesses and land, and completion of transactions alike. Our goal is to understand the challenges our clients face, from their perspective, and to achieve effective and efficient solutions to those challenges.Sam Franck
Ward and Smith, P.A. is committed to diversity, in principle and in practice, by offering an inclusive workplace that fosters a culture of respect for the individual and reflects the global community in which we operate.
We believe diversity not only strengthens the value of service we provide to our clients but fortifies the relationships that bind us together as a firm.
Our diversity and inclusion principles include:
Promote and foster a diverse and inclusive workplace environment that is respectful of the individual.
Train and mentor attorneys and staff to maintain a work environment that understands cultural differences and promotes inclusivity.
Recruit and retain attorneys to reflect the diversity of our clients and communities.
Support activities with diverse business and local law student organizations such as the Women in Law, Black Law Students Association, Hispanic Law Students Association, and Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
Ward and Smith recruits at the Southeast Minority Job Fair (SEMJF) in Atlanta, GA. SEMJF provides employers access to 900 students from 50 law schools across the region. Ward and Smith also participates in the NC Bar's Minorities in the Profession Committee's 1L Summer Associate Program, which provides legal employers a recruiting vehicle through which to interview and offer summer internship positions to 1L minority law students from each of North Carolina's law schools.
- Ward and Smith created a Staff Internship Program to increase our talent pool of diverse professionals. The program allows interns to gain hands-on experience and provides meaningful mentoring opportunities that will help them launch successful careers.
Offer competitive benefits and flexible work arrangements to attract and retain top talent.
Encourage attorneys and employees to engage in their communities through volunteer activities, pro bono services, and charitable giving.
Support the success and advancement of women in law.
Provide alternative work options such as remote access and reduced work schedules to allow attorneys the flexibility to meet work expectations while maintaining personal commitments and civic engagements.
Women in Leadership at Ward and Smith:
- Devon Williams
Director of Legal Innovation
- Angela Doughty
- Chrystal Bradshaw, Administrative Services Manager
- Laura Hudson, Chief Marketing Officer
- Melissa Forshey Schwind, Director of Attorney Recruiting, Professional Development, and DEI
- Jennifer Sutton, Director, Finance
Practice Section Leaders
- Angela Doughty, Intellectual Property
Practice Group Leaders
- Whitney Campbell Christensen, Professional Licensing
- Lauren Quinn, Family Law
- Amy Wang, Environmental
- Hayley Wells, Sports, Parks, Outdoor Recreation, and Tourism
- Amy Wooten, Professional Licensing
Geographic Team Leaders
- Lauren Quinn, New Bern
- Whitney Campbell Christensen, Raleigh
- Amy Wang
Co-Chairs, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group
- Melissa Forshey Schwind
- Amy Wang
- Mary Cavanagh