Albert R. Bell, Jr.

Retired Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Al has more than 40 years of experience in labor, employment, and government regulation matters, including 30 years of practice in the private sector. His experience encompasses federal and state court litigation of employment issues, including charges of civil rights discrimination.  He also advises clients on a wide range of employment regulatory and legislative issues, appearing on their behalf before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and federal and state wage and hour divisions.  Al has extensive experience representing individual faculty members, administrators, coaches, and athletic directors.  He also has represented medical and dental school professors and department heads. His service to individual educators covers the entire scope of the employment relationship, from reviewing employment agreements to negotiating severance agreements.  Al has provided counsel on tenure matters. He also has dealt with institutional due process issues in public education over a wide range of employment issues with public entities.  He is a frequent lecturer and has written extensively on a wide range of employment and government contract topics.

As of December 31, 2018, Al has retired from private practice. 


  • J.D., Wake Forest School of Law, 1975. Managing Editor, Wake Forest Law Review.
  • B.S., Campbell University, 1966

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2019
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2003-2012
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2002-2015
  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 100, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2014

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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Sections: Dispute Resolution; Labor and Employment Law; Public Contract Law
  • Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • North Carolina Bar Association (vice-president)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Government and Public Sector; Labor and Employment Law
  • North Carolina Chamber 
  • Regional Transportation Alliance

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1975
  • All state and federal courts in North Carolina
  • Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court

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