Adam M. Beaudoin

Business Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
910.794.4847 Fax 910.794.4877
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Adam's practice experience encompasses a broad range of business law and transactional matters, including preparation of all components of business entity formation, including articles of incorporation, articles of organization, bylaws, organizational minutes, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, and partnership agreements. He regularly advises business clients regarding corporate governance, procedural requirements, governing document amendments, and fiduciary duties.  He also has experience preparing all components of nonprofit entity formation, including articles of incorporation, bylaws, organizational minutes, confidentiality policy, whistleblower policy, and documentation retention policy.  

Adam also assists in the negotiating and drafting all components of contracts and purchase agreements, including stock, limited liability interest, partnership, and asset purchase agreements and in conducting business and non-profit director, shareholder, and member meetings.  He has experience in the preparation of all components of franchise documents for franchisors, including franchise disclosure documents, franchise agreements, master franchise agreements, development agreements and in the preparation and negotiation of business and nonprofit mergers, including articles of merger and plan of merger. 

As leader of the Community Associations practice, he advises planned communities and community association boards and members regarding corporate governance, procedural requirements, governing document amendments, fiduciary duties, inspection right, collection issues, and rule adoption and enforcement.


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Richmond School of Law, 2001
  • B.A., magna cum laude, James Madison University, 1998

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2013-2014 and 2016


Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Boy Scouts of America (board member, Cape Fear Council)
  • Communities in Schools (former board member, Cape Fear Region)
  • Community Associations Institute, North Carolina Chapter (2020-2023 board member, member, and former member Legislative Action Committee)
  • Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Wilmington Alumnus, Class of 2008)
  • Homeowners Association USA
  • Junior Achievement of the Cape Fear (former chairperson of the board)
  • New Horizons Elementary School (board member)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Business Law; Sports & Entertainment Law
  • Nourish NC (former board member)
  • Wilmington Business Development

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2001
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court

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