Tyler J. Russell

Business and Creditors' Rights Attorney
Ward and Smith, P.A.
919.277.9122 Fax 919.277.9177
Email tjr@wardandsmith.com
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Tyler co-chairs the firm's Hemp Law practice group. He regularly works with clients involved in all levels of hemp and CBD industries and guides the firm's practice in those efforts. 

Additionally, he has a diverse practice with experience in creditors' rights issues and business law matters. Tyler leads the firm's financial institution practice group where he coordinates the firm's resources to address the specialized issues facing banks and other lenders, such as lender liability issues, regulatory compliance matters, and other litigation and non-litigation legal needs.

Tyler regularly represents creditors in bankruptcy cases and litigation in state and federal court, including workouts, reorganizations, Uniform Commercial Code and security agreement enforcement, collection cases, and other contested matters.  He has guided national and community lenders, community associations, contractors and leasing companies through various reorganization and litigation proceedings. His creditors' rights practice covers all three Federal Districts and all 100 counties within North Carolina.

Furthermore, Tyler's business practice focuses on advising companies on a broad range of legal issues including, but not limited to, drafting and negotiating corporate agreements and documents, and managing all aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions for a variety of companies. He frequently represents privately held companies, and assists them in all aspects of their business, from corporate governance and transactions to business structuring, development and expansion opportunities, and succession planning.  He also regularly works with regulated industries – including breweries, distilleries, wineries, and industrial hemp operations – to address permitting needs, compliance issues, growers agreements, distribution and supply chain matters, negotiations and interactions with local, state, and federal governments and other related needs.


  • J.D., summa cum laude, North Carolina Central University School of Law, 2010. Senior Editor, North Carolina Central University Law Review.
  • B.A., Virginia Military Institute, 2007

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Bankruptcy, 2018

Legal Elite

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Division: Young Lawyers
  • Community Associations Institute
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (member, Young Professionals Network)
  • Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Greenville Alumnus, Class of 2013)
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Division: Young Lawyers
  • North Carolina Bar Association — Section: Bankruptcy
  • Wake County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 2010
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina

* 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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