Ward and Smith, P.A. is pleased to announce that Merrill Jones was appointed by the Pitt County Board of Commissioners to serve a three year term on the Pitt County Development Commission Board. As a component unit of Pitt County government, the Pitt County Development Commission recruits new industry and supports existing industry in Pitt County. Its mission is to promote job growth, diversify the County’s economy, and expand the local tax base.
Merrill's practice experience encompasses a broad range of business law matters, including start-up businesses, business transfers and acquisitions, transactional matters, and tax matters. He has extensive experience representing contractors, design professionals, and project owners in drafting and negotiating construction, design, and design/build contracts. His practice also includes the representation of health care organizations and their owners in corporate, transactional, and merger and acquisition matters. He has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his respective fields of law. Merrill has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1994.