J. Albert Clyburn

North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Family Law
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email jaclyburn@wardandsmith.com
910.794.4883 Fax 910.794.4877
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Al is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Family Law with decades of experience advocating for his clients' best interests. He handles a wide range of family law cases, through all phases, including divorce, child custody and visitation, grandparents' rights, spousal and child support, pre-marital and post-marital agreements, property and debt distribution, termination of parental rights, and mediation.

In addition to his trial practice, Al has represented clients before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Al has been certified by the State of North Carolina to serve as a mediator in family financial cases. As a mediator, Al helps other lawyers and their clients resolve legal disputes through the mediation process.


  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1990
  • B.A., summa cum laude, North Carolina State University, 1986

Honors and Distinctions*

  • North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Family Law
  • North Carolina Courts Board Certified Family Financial Mediator


Professional and Community Affiliations

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers®, 2024

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1990

About Me

Al has been a featured speaker for the North Carolina Bar Association, The Wake Forest School of Law, the North Carolina School of Government, and the National Business Institute. 

Throughout his career, Al has been active in his community. Al served as chair of the New Hanover County Board of Elections for a period of ten years; served as town attorney for Carolina Beach; and is serving on the Grievance Committee for the Fifth Judicial District which covers New Hanover County and Pender County.


* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.

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  • Legal Elite Business North Carolina 2024
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers 2023
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers 20234
  • 2024 Chambers USA

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