15 Ward and Smith Attorneys Recognized as a "Legal Elite"

Close up of a gold trophy with a sunset behind it

Business North Carolina ("BNC") has recognized 12 Ward and Smith attorneys as Legal Elite for 2020. 

Since 2002, the publication has honored top attorneys from around the state who were chosen by their peers in the awarded legal category. Only about three percent of attorneys are selected for this distinction each year. 

The Ward and Smith attorneys recognized as 2020 Legal Elite are:

 Marla BowmanMarla Bowman, Young Guns




Angela DoughtyAngela Doughty, Intellectual Property         




Paul FanningPaul Fanning, Bankruptcy




Paige InmanPaige Inman, Family and Young Guns    




Deana LabriolaDeana Labriola, Business




John MartinJohn Martin, Appellate




Evan MusselwhiteEvan Musselwhite, Young Guns




Will OdenWill Oden, Employment




Jerry SayreJerry Sayre, Employment




Jason StricklandJason Strickland, Construction




Amy WangAmy Wang, Environmental




Devon WilliamsDevon Williams, Employment and Young Guns




Amy Wang also recognized by Business North Carolina as the top attorney in the Environmental category, meaning she received the most votes. She now joins Jim Creekman (retired), Brad Evans, and David Ward (retired) in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame. According to BNC's rules, she is no longer eligible to win in that same category.

Legal Elite Hall of Famers

Click here to view the entire Legal Elite list, as well as read Business North Carolina's methodology behind selecting attorneys for this distinction. 

Subscribe to Ward and Smith