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.
Having acquired a strong agricultural background from her upbringing on a farm, Jane Francis is devoted to supporting agribusinesses in a variety of matters, from business succession planning to entity formation.
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.
- J.D., Campbell University School of Law, 2021; Campbell Law Review, Managing Editor
- Publication: Lochner as Literature: Weighing the Paternalism of Progressivism, 43 Campbell L. Rev. 115 (2021).
- B.A., cum laude, Roanoke College, 2018
Honors and Distinctions*
- "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Young Guns, 2024
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.
Highlights + Insights
Business over Breakfast: Health Care Legal Updates from our Spring Series
Whose Business is it Anyway? A Business Succession Case Study
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