Jeremy M. Wilson

Litigation Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
910.794.4870 Fax 910.794.4877
Email jw@wardandsmith.com
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Jeremy leads the Personal Injury and Wrongful Death practice.  He has extensive experience litigating claims for wrongful death, serious personal injury, and a broad range of civil litigation before state and federal courts, including cases involving vehicle accidents, professional malpractice, premises liability, products liability, and class actions, among other areas. He has also litigated numerous cases involving complex insurance coverage issues.

In addition, Jeremy represents clients in business litigation cases, having represented numerous entities (from small area businesses, to financial institutions, to large corporations) in matters including contract and intellectual property disputes. He also has extensive experience with trusts and estates litigation and eminent domain cases. 

Jeremy has represented clients in all phases of litigation, including jury and bench trials, arbitrations, mediations, hearings, depositions, and appeals before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Education

  • J.D., with highest honors (graduated first in class of 248), The University of North Carolina School of Law, 2011. Order of the Coif, Editor in Chief, North Carolina Law Review, Chancellor's Scholar (full academic scholarship), James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society, Honors Writing Scholar.
  • M.P.P., Duke University, Terry Sanford School of Public Policy, 2011.
  • B.A., with highest honors and highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005.  Carolina Scholars Award (full academic scholarship).

Representative Experience

  • Representation of clients in bench and jury trials involving serious personal injuries.
  • Representation of estate of elderly pedestrian who died after being hit by a passing car as she was gardening around her mailbox.  Because there were no estate beneficiaries, the value of the claim was based solely upon the elements of the survival claim—medical expenses and pain and suffering.  Claim resolved for $975,000.
  • Representation of injured driver who suffered an L1 compression fracture and related injuries. Wake County jury trial in which $400,000 was awarded to the injured party. (The highest pre-suit offer had been $50,000.)
  • Representation of out-of-state individual severely injured when his rental van was hit by a propane truck that failed to yield at an intersection.  Claim resolved for $500,000.
  • Representation of business owner who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident.  The case went to arbitration and client received a $450,000 arbitration award.
  • Representation of client who suffered a broken arm and related injuries in a golf-cart accident. Claim resolved for $225,000.
  • Representation of child injured in dog-bite incident.  Claim resolved for $119,000.
  • Representation of client who suffered an index-finger ligament injury in vehicle accident. The case went to arbitration and client received a $95,000 arbitration award.
  • Representation of disinherited estate beneficiary in claims for undue influence and lack of capacity.  Claim resolved for $950,000.
  • Representation of relatives in trust and estate proceeding involving undue influence and lack of capacity.  Claim resolved for $125,000.
  • Representation of local government entities and utility companies in various cases regarding issues of statutory and constitutional authority.  These cases included appeals before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, North Carolina Supreme Court, and United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Representation of landowners in disputes with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and other government entities in eminent domain cases involving the "Map Act." 
  • Representation of local businesses in various contract disputes and intellectual property disputes. (Such representation has included all phases of litigation--hearings, mediation, arbitration, and trial.)
  • Representation of North Carolina banks in numerous complex collection matters.

Honors and Distinctions*

  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40, 2019
  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2017-2019
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2019
  • "40 and Under Hot List," Benchmark Litigation, 2018

The National Trial Lawyers

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Brain Injury Association of North Carolina (board member), Present
  • Brigade Boys & Girls Club (CORPs Leadership Team executive committee; Youth of the Year Mentor; volunteer), 2012-2016
  • First Presbyterian Church (member, usher)
  • Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Wilmington Alumnus, Class of 2013; Public Policy Advisory Board)
  • Lawyers 4 Literacy (Snipes Elementary School, Spring 2015)
  • New Hanover County Industrial Facilities and Pollution Control Financing Authority (vice chair), 2013-2015
  • New Hanover County Parks Conservancy Board (president; chair, Policy Committee; member, Volunteer Committee)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (Membership Committee; Auto Torts Executive Committee) (CLE/conference presenter on auto injury litigation)
  • North Carolina Bar Association—Section: Litigation
  • North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy (Class of 2017)
  • Teach For America, Eastern North Carolina
  • Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (board member; volunteer), 2013-2016
  • Wilmington-New Hanover County Port, Waterway, and Beach Commission (board member)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2011
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina

About Me

What I Admire Most About My Clients

I frequently represent clients facing tremendous challenges—such as individuals who have suffered serious personal injuries or other loss.  What I admire most is the strength they demonstrate in these very difficult situations.

Working at Ward and Smith

The best thing about Ward and Smith is the people.  We have great, capable attorneys, paralegals, and other staff who are smart, funny, and work their tails off for our clients and each other.

Personal Information

Before graduate school, I taught high school math for two years—first in Houston, Texas and then in Vance County, North Carolina. I taught through the Teach For America program, which places recent college graduates as teachers in high-need school districts throughout the United States.

My wife is a high school English teacher. We have a daughter named Addie and a labrador retriever named Scout. 

One surprising thing people don't know about me is that my favorite holiday is "Shark Week."  

If I could live anywhere, I would most like to live in Wilmington, NC. I'm a Wilmington native, as is my wife.  It's a great place to live and raise a family.

My favorite book is The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925.  

My favorite quote is: "Believe you can and you're halfway there."  -Theodore Roosevelt

 

* 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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