Payton Collier Bullard

Litigation Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9152 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Payton is a member of the firm's litigation practice group. Her experience encompasses various areas of civil litigation in both the federal and state courts. She assists clients in all aspects of civil litigation, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials, and appeals. Payton advises clients and litigates cases involving all forms of commercial, business, estate, and intellectual property disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Payton was a summer associate with Ward and Smith.  Payton also served as an extern with the Honorable Judge John M. Tyson, drafting memoranda and opinions and analyzing a broad range of issues before the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She also interned in the Special and Composite Litigation Divisions at the North Carolina Department of Justice.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, Campbell University School of Law, 2020; Campbell Law Review, Managing Editor; American Bar Association Antitrust Law Journal, Staff Member
  • B.A., University of North Carolina, 2017

Representative Experience

As a civil litigator, Payton has represented:

  • A co-packing company in a lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and violations of the Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
  • A leading developer of technology relating to telematics and electronic logging devices used in the commercial trucking industry in a lawsuit alleging infringement of client's patents for electronic logging device technology.
  • Beneficiaries in will caveat actions for multi-million dollar estates.
  • A point of sale software installation company in a breach of contract action concerning the failure of a business partner to pay.
  • Manufacturers in products liability lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries.

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2024
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Young Guns, 2023-2024

Legal Elite 

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2020
  • South Carolina, 2021

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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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