John M. Martin

North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Family Law
Ward and Smith, P.A.
252.215.4011 Fax 252.215.4077
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068
Post Office Box 8088, Greenville, NC 27835-8088

John's practice experience encompasses various areas of litigation.  He has represented many clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases and has obtained multi-million dollar verdicts in these types of cases.  Other areas of his litigation practice in Greenville and Wilmington include representation of clients in business and corporate litigation and in family law, with an emphasis on equitable distribution cases involving significant and complex assets. 

John is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law.


  • J.D., Wake Forest School of Law, 1975. Associate Editor, Wake Forest Law Review.
  • B.A., with high honors, North Carolina State University, 1972

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2009, 2020-2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers®, 1995-2024
  • "Super Lawyer," Business Litigation, North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2024
  • "Top 100: North Carolina Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2018, 2020

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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice — Sections: Auto Torts, Family Law, Professional Negligence
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Dispute Resolution; Family Law, council member; Litigation

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1975
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of 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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