Xavier D. Lightfoot

Employment and Construction Litigation
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email xdlightfoot@wardandsmith.com
919.277.9120 Fax 919.277.9177
Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Xavier's practice focuses on a wide range of labor and employment law issues, including personnel policies and handbooks, background checks, employment discrimination and harassment, employee discipline and termination, drug and alcohol testing, and various wage and hour matters. Additionally, he assists in the construction practice section with civil litigation surrounding contractor or subcontractor disputes.

Xavier worked with Ward and Smith as a Summer Associate prior to joining the firm permanently. Additionally, he served as a legal intern with Red Hat and the Local Government Federal Credit Union. 


  • J.D., cum laude, The North Carolina Central University School of Law, 2019; Managing Editor, Science and Intellectual Property Law Review; Co-Lead, Dean's Ambassadors; Contracts Tutor, Academic Success Fellow; President, Business Law Society; Senior Barrister, Trial Advocacy Board; Outstanding Advocate Award, Region V, 2019 Texas Young Lawyers Association – National Trial Competition; First place, 2019 Willie E. Gary 3L Trial Advocacy Competition; First Place, 2018 Michael F. Easley 2L Trial Advocacy Competition; First Place, 2017 Mary Wright 1L Closing Argument Competition
  • BSBA, East Carolina University, 2014

Honors and Distinctions*

  • Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers, 2021

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Constitution Society

Admitted to Practice

North Carolina, 2019

* 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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