Mary V. Cavanagh

Litigation Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
252.215.4021 Fax 252.215.4077
Post Office Box 8088, Greenville, NC 27835-8088

Mary's practice experience encompasses various areas of civil litigation in both the federal and state courts, including commercial, business, appellate, insurance coverage, and personal injury litigation matters.  She has drafted appellate briefs to all levels of the state and federal court systems, including the United States Supreme Court.  Prior to joining the firm, Mary practiced labor and employment law in Denver, Colorado.  Her experience encompassed federal and state court litigation of employment issues, including charges of civil rights discrimination.  She has lectured on employment-related topics.


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1989
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Wake Forest University, 1986

Honors and Distinctions*

  • NC Attorney Pro Bono Honor Society Inductee, NC Pro Bono Resource Center, 2021, 2020

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1993
  • Colorado, 1989
  • All state courts in Colorado
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • Colorado Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District 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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