Jane Francis Nowell

Business Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email jfnowell@wardandsmith.com
252.215.4045 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009
Post Office Box 8088, Greenville, NC 27835-8088

Jane Francis' practice focuses on business and corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation and drafting, and general business counseling. She also regularly assists clients with the formation of business entities such as corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, and has experience negotiating and drafting various types of commercial contracts and agreements. 

Jane Francis assists health care, construction, manufacturing and hemp industry clients with the formation of companies, including negotiation of operating agreements and buy-sell agreements, preparation and negotiation of industry-specific agreements, such as construction agreements, distribution agreements, and manufacturing agreements, as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Before joining Ward and Smith, Jane Francis was a judicial intern for the Honorable Jeffery K. Carpenter of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She also served as a legal intern for the North Carolina State Health Plan, becoming familiar with complex contracts and North Carolina's procurement process.


  • B.A., cum laude, Roanoke College, 2018

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Young Guns, 2024

Legal Elite

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Greenville Museum of Art, Board of Trustees

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2021
  • Tennessee, 2023

* 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
  • 2024 Chambers USA

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