J. Troy Smith, Jr.

Business Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email jts@wardandsmith.com
252.672.5425 Fax 252.672.5477
Post Office Box 867, New Bern, NC 28563-0867

Troy's practice experience encompasses a wide range of business law, from start-up businesses to complex transactional matters.  He also represents health care providers, both private and institutional, and is regularly involved in government affairs, land use regulation, and municipal law matters.  Troy has been a continuing legal education lecturer for the North Carolina Bar Association.


  • J.D., with highest honors, The University of North Carolina School of Law, 1967. Editor in Chief, North Carolina Law Review, Order of the Coif, The Chief Justice Walter Clark Award.
  • A.B., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1965

Honors and Distinctions*

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers®,1987-2024
  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2012 and 2014-2019
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2002-2013 and 2015
  • North Carolina Bar Association Hall of Fame, member 
  • North Carolina Bar Foundation Justice Fund Wall of Honor, 2006 

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Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain (member, board of directors)
  • UNC Health Care System (member, board of directors)
  • UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (member, board of visitors)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1967
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Tax Court

* 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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  • 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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