Paul leads the Creditors' Rights practice and is certified by the American Board of Certification and the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law. His practice experience encompasses bankruptcy, collections, creditors' rights, and lender liability. He concentrates his practice in the representation of creditors in complex bankruptcy cases and state court litigation, including workouts, collection reorganizations, and contested matters.
Paul has represented lenders, trade creditors, farm equipment manufacturers, community associations, contractors and telecommunications companies in various reorganization proceedings, including commercial real estate, manufacturing, and wholesale and retail transactions. He has extensive experience in state court foreclosures and receiverships and other aspects of creditor-debtor litigation, including appellate advocacy. He has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law.
What I admire most about my clients is their ability to solve complex problems that arise in litigation in creative and dynamic ways and often in ways that make them and their employers look good. The best thing about Ward and Smith is being part of, and contributing to, the family business. Hired out of law school, the Firm reared and mentored me to become a productive member of not just the Firm, but my community and the legal profession as well.
I became a lawyer because lawyers make real differences in people's lives. We are professional worriers. If we do our job right, we take the worry from the client and solve problems.
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