James R. Todd

Real Estate Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email jrtodd@wardandsmith.com
910.794.4838 Fax 910.794.4877
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

James represents buyers and sellers on a variety of commercial real estate and land use matters.  His practice includes a wide range of development projects including condominiums, mix-use projects, and subdivisions.  James guides clients through zoning and permitting issues and advises them on an assortment of land use questions.

James also focuses a portion of his practice on representing planned community associations, including preparing and amending governing documents, resolving community disputes, and advising associations about procedural requirements.


  • J.D., summa cum laude, Campbell Law School, 2017 Chief Submissions Editor, Campbell Law Review. 2016 William E. McGee National Moot Court Competition - Best Oral Advocate Finalist, 2015 Tournament of Champions Trial Competition, 2015 Kilpatrick Trial Competition: Quarterfinalist, Best Advocate Award
  • B.A., Rhodes College, 2013. American Mock Trial Association 2013 National Runner Up, 2013 All-American Attorney

Admitted to Practice

North Carolina, 2017

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  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Legal Elite Business North Carolina 2021
  • Super Lawyers 2020
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers 2021
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers 2021