Leigh A. Wilkinson

Health Care Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email law@wardandsmith.com
252.672.5482 Fax 252.672.5477
Post Office Box 867, New Bern, NC 28563-0867

Leigh's practice experience encompasses a broad range of health care law matters, including structuring medical practice formations, mergers, purchases, sales, and alliances; advising health care providers on health care regulatory (fraud and abuse, HIPAA, Stark, anti-kickback, EMTALA, and antitrust) and reimbursement issues; structuring health care joint ventures; negotiating and drafting contracts; and drafting key compliance policies and procedures.  Her experience also encompasses a broad range of business law matters, from start-up businesses to transactional matters.


  • J.D., The University of North Carolina School of Law, 1985
  • B.S., magna cum laude, North Carolina State University, 1982

Representative Experience

  • Representation of client in audit, calculation and refund of Medicare and other payor overpayments exceeding $500,000
  • Representation of medical practice in developing diagnostic imaging joint venture with hospital
  • Representation of retiring physician in negotiating the buy-out of his ownership interest in the practice and the entity that owned the practice's office locations
  • Representation of medical practice in sale of assets to and simultaneous employment of physicians by hospital
  • Representation of medical practice in Medicare appeal of overpayment determination through Administrative Law Judge Hearing level
  • Representation of hospital medical staff in credentialing, grievance and disciplinary actions involving physicians

Honors and Distinctions*

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers®, 2010-2024
  • North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award, 2013
  • North Carolina District East Civitan, Carlie B. Sessoms Memorial Award, Civitan of the Decade, 2014

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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Civitan International (Region Three Director 2015-2017)
  • Coastal Women's Forum (charter member; past president and director)
  • Medical Group Management Association
  • New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce (past board chairperson)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Business Law; Health Law
  • North Carolina District East of Civitan International (governor 2010-2011)
  • North Carolina Society of Health Care Attorneys
  • North Carolina State University College of Sciences Foundation (past board chairperson)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1985
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

About Me

A quote that inspires me is "We have been given it all to give it all away!"

The best thing about Ward and Smith is the people - our attorneys and staff and our clients.

* 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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