13 Ward and Smith Attorneys Listed in Business North Carolina's 2021 "Legal Elite"

Business North Carolina has recognized 13 Ward and Smith attorneys as 2021 "Legal Elites."

Of the thousands of lawyers practicing across the state, only about 4% achieve this recognition.

Since 2002, the magazine has honored Tar Heel lawyers by publishing its annual list of North Carolina's top lawyers in business-related categories.  Winners are chosen not by editors, but by the state's lawyers.  Business North Carolina's Legal Elite includes the top lawyers chosen using a statewide ballot.

Ward and Smith attorneys recognized as Legal Elites include:

John Cella
Tax/Estate

 

 

Alex Dale
Appellate

 

 

Angela Doughty

Angela Doughty
Intellectual Property   

 

 

Sam Franck
Real Estate

 

 

John Martin
Appellate

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Lance Martin
Bankruptcy

 

 

Will OdenWill Oden
Labor and Employment

 

 

Grant Osborne
Labor and Employment

 

 

Greg Peacock
Tax/Estate

 

 

Gary Rickner
Litigation  

 

 

Jason StricklandJason Strickland
Construction 

 

 

Devon Williams
Labor and Employment and Young Guns

  

 

Jeremy Wilson
Young Guns

 

   

Included in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame are Jim Creekman (retired), Brad Evans, Amy Wang, and David Ward (Counsel Emeritus). This means they received the most votes in a category and are no longer eligible for the annual list. 

 Click here to read Business North Carolina's methodology behind selecting attorneys for Legal Elite. 

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