Mike McIntyre

Senior Advisor for Government Relations and Economic Development
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email mmcintyre@wardandsmith.com
919.277.9191 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

For nearly 40 years, as an attorney, a public servant, and a business advisor, Mike has helped North Carolinians and businesses with government relations and economic development matters.

Almost half of Mike's career was spent in public service. He represented the Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2015. 

As a Congressman, Mike served as Chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development. He supported and developed policies promoting economic development and business opportunities in North Carolina. He has successfully championed the business and economic needs of counties and communities, as well as fire, police and EMS units, airports, schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, health clinics, senior centers, parks, and community facilities. Mike's hard work has earned him international, national, regional, and local recognitions and bipartisan respect for his leadership.

Mike brings that same level of dedication and commitment to his multifaceted legal practice. His professional experience encompasses business, energy, environmental, agribusiness, real estate, and sports and entertainment law. He also has extensive knowledge of complex coastal resource management and beach development matters. Being well-versed in the political process gives Mike a unique perspective to assist clients in governmental issues at the local, state, and federal levels.


  • J.D., University of North Carolina, 1981
  • B.A., University of North Carolina, 1978
    • Morehead Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Old Well
    • Algernon Sydney Sullvan Award, presented by the Chancellor for best exemplifying ‘unselfish interest in the welfare of others’ during Mike's collegiate career

Representative Experience

In his government relations practice, Mike:

  • Assists clients in governmental matters for both the public and private sector on the federal, state, regional, and local levels; including matters related to the United States Congress, the Executive Branch, the Governor’s office, the state legislature, the state Executive Branch, and state and federal agencies and departments
  • Coordinates with local governments on the regional, county, and local levels to promote, enhance, and secure positive relations with government agencies on behalf of clients
  • Works with coastal, rural, military, suburban, and urban communities to promote positive government relations and help obtain grants, loans, and other funds for items such as beach renourishment, infrastructure, education, medical facilities, water and sewer, parks and recreation, and other facilities
  • Works with the private sector to coordinate a positive relationship with government agencies, obtain resources to power both residential and commercial needs, grow business opportunities, expand job opportunities, and promote economic development

Mike's economic development practice focuses on:

  • Business, economic, and energy development for the public and private sector, including the procurement of incentives, grants, loans, and other funds, for causes such as beach renourishment for coastal communities, economic development for rural and military communities, and strategic assistance for suburban and urban growth
  • Job opportunity and workforce development, including education, health care facilities, water and sewer, sports, parks and recreation projects, and infrastructure, as well as energy and environmental concerns

Honors and Distinctions*

Mike McIntyre has been roundly honored for his service by boards, commissions, organizations, and schools. This is a select list of some of the major recogntions from throughout his distinguished career.

Public Service Recognition:

Recognition in Economic Development:

  • North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc.'s "President's Award," 2015
  • "Coastal Advocate of the Year," American Shore and Beach Preservation Association, 2013
  • Distinguished Service to North Carolina Agriculture Award, 2012
  • "National Legislator of the Year" for agriculture, 2007
  • National Leadership Award for Economic Development, National Association of Development Organizations, 2007
  • Admiral's Circle Award, National Marine Manufacturers Association, 2005
  • "Beach Preservationist of the Year" Award, Oak Island Beach Preservation Society, 2005
  • North Carolina Employment Security, "Advancing Workforce Development" Award, 2002
  • Conservationist Award, NC Coastal Land Trust
  • J.W. Pate Award, Cape Fear River Assembly
  • International Public Policy Award for leadership in promoting jobs and workforce development, 2002

Recognition in Healthcare and Advocacy for Seniors:

  • Seniors Advocate of the Year Award, 2012
  • Senior Citizens League "MVP" Award, 2005
  • National Legislative Award for Leadership on Rural Health Care, 2000 & 2003

Recognition for Military and Law Enforcement Advocacy:

  • All-American Hero Award, 2009 & 2013
  • National Legislator of the Year for Law Enforcement, State Troopers' Association, 2012
  • National Legislator of the Year for work on behalf of Veterans, 2008
  • Military Officers Association of America, NC Chapter, Honorary Life Member
  • Charles Dick Medal of Merit, National Guard Association, 2000

Recognition for Sports and Tourism Advocacy:

  • Champion of Health and Fitness Award, Sports and Fitness Industry Association, 2012
  • Robeson County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, 2011
  • Sports Ethics Fellow, Institute for International Sport, 2008
  • National Recreation and Parks Association Congressional Award, 2007

Early Recognition:

  • Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, 1989
  • One of Five Outstanding Young North Carolinians of the Year, NC Jaycees, 1987

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • United States Congressman, 1997-2015

  • Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture, Chairman, 2007, 2008
  • Armed Services Subcommittee on Terrorism, Vice Chairman, 2007, 2008; Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces, Ranking Member, 2011-2015
  • U.S. Naval Academy Board, Member, 2001-2009
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Special Operations Forces Caucus, 2002-2015
  • U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 2004-2015
  • Founder and Chairman, Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports, 2005-2015
  • Legislative Co-Chairman, Sports & Entertainment Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 2015 to present
  • National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute, Member of the Leadership Board, 2015 to present
  • McIntyre-Whichard Legal Fellows Mentorship Program, UNC Law, Founder and Alumni Co-Chairman, 2016 to present
  • North Carolina Economic Development Association, 2016 to present
  • McIntyre Youth Leadership Challenge Award, North Carolina Bar Association; Founder, 2016 to present
  • UNC Institute of Politics, Fellow, 2019 to present
  • North Carolina Beach, Inlet & Waterway Association, Board of Directors, 2016-2018
  • North Carolina Study Center, Board of Directors, 2015 to present; Vice-Chairman, 2020 to present
  • North Carolina Commission on Children & Youth, Charter Member, 1987-1989
  • North Carolina Commission on the Family, Charter Member, 1989-1991
  • Congressional Coordinator, Business and Economic Summit for North Carolina Chambers, 1997-2014
  • Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 1994-1996, Legislative Co-Chairman, 1992-1996
  • President, Lumberton Economic Advancement for Downtown, Inc., 1987
  • First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton, Elder, Deacon

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina

About Me

I competed in disco and beach music dance contests while in college and law school, complete with a three-piece white suit—John Travolta-style.

Also, I hold a black belt in taekwondo, was a player and coach for the Congressional basketball team, captain of the Congressional soccer team, co-chaired the Congressional golf tournament, and played on the Congressional baseball, football, and tennis teams.

* 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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