Richard J. Crow

Business and Tax Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
910.794.4831 Fax 910.794.4877
Post Office Box 7068, Wilmington, NC 28406-7068

Richard has significant experience in a broad range of business law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, private securities offerings, and start-up businesses. He recently served as in-house counsel for a major background screening and compliance provider, giving him the rare experience of managing both the inside and outside counsel roles for the same entity. That experience colors his practice, and Richard is now known as "an inside counsel's outside counsel."  

During his legal career, Richard has amassed extensive experience representing small and large companies on issues such as business structuring and organization, contract negotiation and drafting, corporate governance, and business succession planning.  In addition, Richard assists companies and individuals with their tax planning needs and represents clients on tax disputes before the Internal Revenue Service, North Carolina Department of Revenue, and property tax authorities.


  • LL.M., Taxation, University of Florida, 2005; Graduate Assistant Editor, Florida Tax Review
  • J.D. summa cum laude, North Carolina Central University School of Law, 2004; Senior Editor, North Carolina Central Law Journal
  • B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Corporate, 2023

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors member, 2020

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2004

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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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