Allen N. Trask, III

Litigation Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
910.794.4804 Fax 910.794.4877
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Allen focuses his practice on assisting those who own, manage, and invest in real estate and common interest communities.  He regularly works with real estate developers and the residential and commercial community associations that they create to handle all manner of issues, including the preparation, amendment, interpretation, and enforcement of restrictive covenants and governing corporate documents, declarant control transition and disputes, community management, insurance claims and disputes, and collections.  He also frequently represents Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and other commercial landlords in the management of commercial investment properties, including lease negotiation and enforcement, summary ejectment, and collections. 

Allen has been a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Section since he joined the firm.  He has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, trials, and appeals.  His litigation experience allows him to offer unique insight into risk and liability assessment, insurance coverage, and cost-benefit analyses, and he enjoys working with clients to proactively address these issues to reduce risk and cost.  Allen also is a member of the firm's Land Use and Zoning Practice Group, where he helps clients pursue and challenge special use permits, ordinance changes, and condemnation actions.

As an eastern North Carolina native with family farming roots, Allen has a passion for representing those who work the land.  He is the leader of the firm's Agribusiness Practice Group, where he coordinates the firm's resources to address the specialized issues facing clients in the agribusiness community, such as industrial hemp operations, farmland leases, corporate organization, restructuring, dissolution, and succession planning, equipment financing and leasing, workouts and debt restructuring, environmental regulatory compliance and permitting, and negotiations and interactions with local, state, and federal government.


  • J.D., Campbell Law School, 2009. National Moot Court Team; Chief Articles Editor, Campbell Law Review.
  • B.S., Political Science, East Carolina University, 2005

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2014-2018
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2012 and 2014-2015

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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Forum:  Construction Industry
  • American Bar Association — Sections:  Antitrust Law; Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property Law; Litigation
  • Cape Fear Museum of History and Science (member, Associate Board 2016-present; co-Chair Development Committee, 2016-present; member, Advisory Board 2010-2016; chair 2013-2015; member, Strategic Planning Committee 2013-2014)
  • Community Associations Institute, North Carolina Chapter (member, Coastal Regional Advisory Council 2014 - present)
  • Defense Research Institute — Committees: Alternative Dispute Resolution; Appellate Advocacy; Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Electronic Discovery; Lawyers' Professionalism and Ethics; Trial Tactics; Young Lawyers
  • Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Wilmington Alumnus, Class of 2012; Education Session Co-Chair 2013)
  • New Hanover County Bar Association, Inc. (member, board of directors 2010-2014; president 2013-2014; vice president 2012-2013; secretary-treasurer 2011-2012)
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law; Appellate; Construction Law; Intellectual Property Law; International Law & Practice; Litigation (co-chair, membership committee 2014-2015; co-editor, newsletter committee 2014-2015)
  • St. James Parish (member, Vestry 2015-2017; chair, Communications Committee)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2009 
  • All state and federal courts in North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina

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