James A. Wilson

Health Care Professional Licensing Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email jawilson@wardandsmith.com
919.277.9146 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

As a veteran professional licensing attorney, Jim has a long history of helping clients protect their livelihoods and careers.

He represents health care professionals in obtaining licenses, defending licensing board disciplinary investigations and charges, in hospital privilege disputes, HMO and other health insurance credentialing and de-selection, DEA registration and show cause proceedings, Medicare exclusion, NPDB reporting and disputes, and military medical credentialing. 

Additionally, Jim has counseled hundreds of health care providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, perfusionists, CRNA, nurses, nurse midwives, pharmacists, dentists, optometrists, psychologists, physical therapists, respiratory care professionals, speech and language pathologists, audiologists, addiction specialists, dietitians, and many others.  

Although Jim primarily defends health care professionals, he also serves as prosecutor and hearing officer in hospital privileges cases at various hospitals throughout North Carolina and in other states. 

Prior to joining the firm, Jim was a solo practitioner for twenty-one years and before that was the first in-house lawyer for the North Carolina Medical Board. 

Jim is a frequent author and speaker on topics related to his law practice.


  • J.D., with honors, The University of North Carolina School of Law, 1989
  • B.S., Physics, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982

Honors and Distinctions*

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2013-2024
  • "Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers, 2014, 2017, 2019, and 2023
  • "Super Lawyers," Health Care, Super Lawyers, 2008-2013, 2018-2022

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Health Law Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, past member of health and administrative law section councils
  • North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys, past president

Admitted to Practice

North Carolina, 1989

* 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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