Michael is a civil litigator with a diverse practice before various federal and state courts, including bankruptcy courts and the North Carolina Business Court. He has significant experience at all stages of litigation in cases involving a broad range of commercial, organizational and business, contract, landlordtenant, collections, trusts and estates, tax, and bankruptcy issues. Michael also frequently handles appellate matters in those areas. He finds creative strategies to assist his clients in pursuing their goals through the court system and through alternative means for dispute resolution.
This motto was written above the doorway to the dining hall in my fraternity house. I now have it printed above the telephone in my office, and do my best to live up to it.
I admire the trust my clients place in me and my partners to handle significant matters affecting their business interests and lives. The best thing about Ward and Smith is our commitment to teamwork. This commitment means that my partners often call on me to assist with interesting matters, and they are always available to share their unique and diverse legal expertise with me.
One surprising thing people don't know about me is that when I am not working, I'm usually squeezing in a few holes of golf, working hard to entertain two young children, looking for fun new recipes to try, or working in my yard.
My family and I chose to live in New Bern because it has a small-town feel, a great downtown, access to two rivers, and is just a short trip to the beach.
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