44 Ward and Smith Attorneys Selected for 2019 Best Lawyers in America List

Ward and Smith is thrilled to announce that 44 attorneys have been named as Best Lawyers in America, in their respective practice areas, in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers®.

The Best Lawyers list is based entirely on a peer-review survey process in which thousands of leading attorneys evaluate other colleagues in their practice areas. For the 2019 edition, nearly 8 million votes were analyzed across 145 practice areas.

The Ward and Smith attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers® are as follows:

2019 Best Lawyers

Asheville

Derek Allen 

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Bill Durr

  • Family Law

Zac Lamb

  • Trusts and Estates

Lance Martin 

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Bill Wolcott

  • Real Estate Law

Greenville

Charles Ellis

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Brad Evans

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Construction

Lynwood Evans

  • Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Paul Fanning

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy

Michael Fields

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Merrill Jones

  • Corporate Law

John Martin

  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Benjamin Waller

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

New Bern

Don Eglinton

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law

Ken Gray

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Bill Lathan

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law

Michael Miller

  • Arbitration
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Mediation
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates 

Greg Peacock

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates

C. H. Pope

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Timber Law

Knox Proctor

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law

Clint Routson

  • Real Estate Law

Troy Smith

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law

Amy Wang

  • Environmental Law

David Ward

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust

Leigh Wilkinson

  • Health Care Law

Ken Wooten

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Construction

Raleigh

Al Bell (Retired)

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management

Wes Camden 

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar

John Cella

  • Trusts and Estates

Bob Crouse

  • Patent Law

Benji Jones

  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation

Shawna Lemon, P.h.D.

  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
  • Patent Law

Steven Long

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Tax Law

Bill Martin

  • Real Estate Law

Gary Rickner

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation

Jerry Sayre 

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Liz Stanek

  • Patent Law

Jason Strickland

  • Litigation - Construction

Jim Verdonik

  • Corporate Law
  • Technology Law
  • Venture Capital Law

Wilmington

Tom Babel

  • Commercial Litigation

Jenna Butler 

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Trip Coyne

  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Litigation - Construction

John Sloan

  • Trusts and Estates

Ryal Tayloe

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Real Estate

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Attorneys are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

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