Kristin assists real estate owners, developers, and individuals in complex real estate issues, including acquisitions, development, lease agreements, various easement issues, and real estate title searches. As a former commercial lender, Kristin harnesses her experience in the financial lending industry to negotiate, draft, and review various financing transactions, such as purchase and sale agreements and loan documents, for both borrowers and lenders alike.
Prior to joining Ward and Smith, Kristin served as a law clerk for the Office of General Counsel at AARP Services, Inc., completed a judicial internship with the Honorable Christopher P. Baker, and worked as a student attorney at Columbus Community Legal Services in Washington, D.C. Before law school, Kristin spent several years working for BB&T Bank in the Greater Washington, D.C. region as the Assistant Vice President for Commercial Loans.
Kristin earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Recreation Business Management. Subsequent to graduating from Appalachian State, Kristin completed an intensive two-year leadership and management training program with the United States Army.
- J.D., cum laude, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2019; Lead Articles Editor, Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology; 2017 – 2018 Women's Law Caucus Co-President
- M.S., Mansfield University, 2008
- B.S., magna cum laude, Appalachian State University, 2002
Professional and Community Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
- North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division - Section Liaison
- North Carolina State Bar
- Triangle CREW
Admitted to Practice
North Carolina, 2019
Highlights + Insights
Best Practices For Homeowner Association Directors and Boards
Real Estate Leases in the Hemp and Cannabis World
An attorney‑client relationship may only be established through direct attorney‑to‑client communication that is confirmed by the execution of an engagement agreement. The content of any unsolicited email sent to Ward and Smith, P.A., or to any of its attorneys at an email address available on this website, will not create an attorney‑client relationship and the contents of such unsolicited email shall not be considered confidential. Therefore, do not use this website or the email addresses available on this website to provide confidential information about yourself or a legal matter to Ward and Smith or any of its attorneys.