Amy G. Fitzhugh

Professional Licensing Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9142 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Amy represents professionals faced with licensing issues in obtaining initial licensure, renewal or reinstating a license, and navigating allegations or complaints of practice violations reported to occupational licensing boards.

Amy appears before various regulatory boards, including but not limited to, the Medical Board, Board of Nursing, Psychology Board, Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, Board of Dental Examiners, Board of Pharmacy, and the Board of CPA Examiners.

Additionally, Amy assists clients with credentialing, privileging, and National Practitioner Data Bank issues.

For nearly a decade, Amy served as the North Carolina Board of Nursing's first in-house attorney, creating and leading its Legal Department and ultimately becoming the Board's Chief Legal Officer and Legislative Liaison.

From 2020–2022, she served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, as well as served on committees of the Nurse Licensure Compact since its enactment in 2018.  She has tremendous experience with disciplinary and license application cases and a deep knowledge of the regulation of licensed professionals, particularly nurses at every level, and of licensing compacts.

Prior to her career at the North Carolina Board of Nursing, Amy was an assistant district attorney, where she gained vast litigation experience.


  • J.D., Campbell University School of Law, 1998
  • B.A., North Carolina State University, 1994

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorney, Board Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Administrative Law Section, Council Member; CLE Committee Co-Chair, 2023-2024

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1998
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

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