Mary Charles Amerson

Family Law Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
910.794-4872 Fax 910.794.4877
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Mary Charles is a committed family law attorney dedicated to assisting individuals and families navigate complex legal situations. She represents clients in a wide range of family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, and modifications. 

Combining advocacy and legal acumen, Mary Charles empowers clients to make informed decisions and safeguards their rights and interests throughout the legal process. While dedicated to amicable and efficient resolutions, she is also a formidable litigator when necessary.

Beyond her professional pursuits, she actively engages in community outreach, particularly supporting non-profits that assist families in crisis, and cherishes time spent with her family.


  • J.D., Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, 2007
  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

Honors and Distinctions*

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • New Hanover County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2007

About Me

I live by the motto "Be the change you wish to see in the world" and believe living with a sense of purpose is the only way to live. 

What I admire most about my clients… I admire my client's courage to initiate the process; resiliency and strength throughout the process; and their commitment to demand a better future for themselves and their children.

The best thing about Ward and Smith is their people and the commitment and reach of their resources to provide the best representation. I became a lawyer because...I am passionate about helping people through difficult situations and providing them with hope. With my business degree and now years of experience, I know how to merge the financial and practical issues families face in divorce with the more emotional and often impactful elements involved in custody and support issues. I empathize with the difficulties of relationship disrepair and am empowered by those who demand a more resolute outcome for their life.

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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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