Twenty-five Ward and Smith, P.A. Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®

Twenty-five of Ward and Smith, P.A.'s attorneys have been named to the 2011 edition ofThe Best Lawyers in America®.  Attorneys are selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review process.  Almost half of the Ward and Smith attorneys listed in this new edition have been recognized as Best Lawyers for ten years or more.

Ward and Smith attorneys recognized as 2011 Best Lawyers are the following:

Derek J. Allen ­– Land Use & Zoning Law

A. Charles Ellis* – Medical Malpractice Law; Personal Injury Litigation
Paul A. Fanning – Banking Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
Michael P. Flanagan* – Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
John M. Martin* – Personal Injury Litigation

New Bern 
James Lee Davis* – Real Estate Law
Donalt J. Eglinton – Commercial Litigation; Construction Law
S. McKinley Gray, III – Workers' Compensation Law
William R. Lathan, Jr. – Banking Law
Gregory T. Peacock – Trusts and Estates
C. H. Pope, Jr.* – Real Estate Law
E. Knox Proctor V – Banking Law
Clint D. Routson – Real Estate Law
Frank H. Sheffield, Jr.* – Environmental Law
J. Troy Smith, Jr.** – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law
David L. Ward, Jr.*** – Antitrust Law; Banking Law; Corporate Law; International Trade and 
   Finance Law

Leigh A. Wilkinson – Health Care Law
Kenneth R. Wooten – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation

William Joseph Austin, Jr. – Labor and Employment Law; Workers' Compensation Law
Albert R. Bell, Jr.* – Labor and Employment Law
Stuart B. Dorsett – Trusts and Estates
Gary J. Rickner* – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury
James F. Verdonik* – Corporate Law; Technology Law; Venture Capital Law

Jenna Fruechtenicht Butler – Personal Injury Litigation
Ryal W. Tayloe – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Construction Law

Years of recognition are given as follows:
* Lawyers who have been listed in Best Lawyers for 10 years or more.
** Lawyers who have been listed in Best Lawyers for 20 years or more.
*** Lawyers who have been listed in Best Lawyers for 25 years or more.

1Please see for an explanation of the standards of membership for the listing above.

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