The Triangle edition of Attorney at Law Magazine has named Mike McIntyre its Attorney of the Month.
In addition to landing the cover spot, the publication profiled Mike and members of the firm's government relations and economic development teams as they work to bring jobs, growth, and development opportunities to North Carolina communities, especially rural areas. From the article, "A Seas of Possibles":
Mike McIntyre grew up in Lumberton, NC. He was a Morehead Scholar at UNC, where he won the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for best exemplifying “unselfish interest in the welfare of others.”
He earned his Juris Doctor at UNC School of Law. He could’ve gone anywhere to practice law, but McIntyre noted that he harbored “a desire to help those at home, where my roots run deep along the banks of the Lumber River and where my ancestors go back 200 years.”
McIntyre is part of Ward and Smith’s government relations and economic development teams, including attorneys Jeff Bandini, Whitney Campbell Christensen, Lee Hodge, Jamie Norment, and Hayley Wells. They work with both private and governmental clients on agribusiness, coastal development, the defense industry in North Carolina, local tourism, energy and infrastructure, and sports and entertainment law matters.
The economic development group assists companies with utility negotiation, applications for economic incentives at the state and county levels, and the formation of NC entities.
Ward and Smith’s government relations group counsels clients through regulatory monitoring, procurement advocacy, and legal advice related to compliance with the array of laws regarding government relations in the state and Washington, DC.
“Our firm’s work in economic development brings hope and opportunity to the communities and the clients that we serve. Likewise, our work in government relations opens the door to these opportunities on the local and state, and federal levels and occasionally, even on the international level.”
Recent projects have included assisting an Israeli company in locating its U.S. headquarters in NC, coordinating economic incentives from the government at the city, county, and state level for two textile-related manufacturing operations, and negotiating contracts related to transportation improvement incentives for a home appliance manufacturer.
“A lot of folks don’t realize that defense is the number two industry in NC. We have a strong practice with citizens and community groups that support our military and the military communities,” added McIntyre.