Evan M. Musselwhite

Construction Litigator
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email emmusselwhite@wardandsmith.com
919.277.9196 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Evan is a construction litigator who serves as the co-Chair of the firm's construction law practice. He represents and advises contractors, subcontractors, owners, and design professionals in all stages of the construction and development process. His experience includes drafting and negotiating construction, design, and design/build contracts. Additionally, he represents owners, contractors, and subcontractors in a variety of civil litigation matters.

Evan, a Lumberton, North Carolina-native, earned his bachelor's degree in Construction Engineering and Management from North Carolina State University. He passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam for Civil Engineering in 2009 before attending Campbell University School of Law. In 2012, Evan graduated magna cum laude, finishing third in a class size of 145. While in law school, he was an editor of the Campbell Law Review and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Campbell University School of Law, 2012; Editor, Campbell Law Review
  • B.S. Construction Engineering and Management, summa cum laude, North Carolina State University, 2009

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Construction, 2022-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers®, 2024
  • "40 & Under List," Benchmark Litigation, 2022, 2023
  • "Rising Stars," Super Lawyers, 2022
  • "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch," Best Lawyers®, 2021-2023
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Young Guns, 2020

Legal Elite

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2012
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina

* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.

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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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