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 enjoys working with real estate developers and the 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, fiduciary concerns, insurance claims and disputes, and collections. His work with real estate developers embraces land use and zoning matters, where he helps clients with development agreements, special use permits, ordinance changes, and responses to condemnation actions. He also frequently represents commercial landlords in the management of commercial investment properties, including lease negotiation, interpretation, amendment, and enforcement.

Allen also 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 farmland leases, corporate organization, restructuring, dissolution, and succession planning, equipment financing and leasing, workouts and debt restructuring, environmental regulatory compliance and permitting, protection of trade secrets and intellectual property, and negotiations and interactions with local, state, and federal government. These agribusiness services encompass all aspects of industrial hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) operations, including licensure before the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, liability and risk planning, sales and marketing contracts, and grower agreements.


  • 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, 2014-2019
  • "40 and Under Hot List," Benchmark Litigation, 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, 2016-17; 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)

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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