Chris S. Edwards

Appellate Lawyer and Business Litigation Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
910.794.4867 Fax 910.794.4877
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Chris has a broad litigation practice focusing primarily on complex business litigation and appeals. He is involved in all aspects of litigation before both state and federal courts, such as pre-lawsuit investigations, motions practice, discovery, and trial preparation. He also has extensive research and writing experience having drafted briefs and memoranda on a wide range of issues including bankruptcy, constitutional, and intellectual property law.

Before joining Ward and Smith, Chris was a law clerk to the Honorable Louise W. Flanagan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and the Honorable G. Steven Agee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Wake Forest University School of Law, 2014; Order of the Coif; Wake Forest Law Review
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Wake Forest University, 2011

Honors and Distinctions*

  • Leadership Wilmington, Class of 2020
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Executive Council

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2017

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