Avery J. Locklear

Labor and Employment Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email ajlocklear@wardandsmith.com
910.794.4836 Fax 910.794.4877
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Avery has a diverse practice that focuses on labor and employment law. She helps businesses of all sizes, as well as individual employers and human resources professionals. Avery is committed to finding practical, efficient solutions to the challenges that employers face every day. 

Avery is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. While attending, she was highly involved on campus, serving as President of Women in Law, Vice President of both Carolina Law Ambassador and Law Students Against Sexual Domestic Violence, working as an Innocence Project case manager, and completing more than 100 hours of pro bono service.

Prior to joining Ward and Smith full-time, Avery worked as a Summer Associate.


  • J.D., with honors, University of North Carolina School of Law, 2022
    • North Carolina Law Review Vol. 100, Articles Editor
      • Are you Native? 100 N.C. L. Rev. F. 118 (2022)
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, 2019; Elite 15 Recipient

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • UNC-Pembroke Braves Club, Member

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2022

About Me

I have a dog named Frances, but her friends call her "Frankie." 

Some of my favorite things are being a unicyclist and cheering on the Panthers from Bank of America Stadium, even when they're not doing well.

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  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Legal Elite Business North Carolina 2024
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers 2023
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers 20234

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