Twenty-eight Ward and Smith, P.A. Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012

Twenty-eight lawyers from Ward and Smith, P.A. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 (copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).  Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

Ward and Smith attorneys recognized as 2012 Best Lawyers are the following:

Derek J. Allen (2009) — Litigation - Land Use and Zoning; Land Use and Zoning Law
Michael L. Miller (1995) — Arbitration; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Mediation; Tax Law;
   Trusts and Estates

A. Charles Ellis (1995) — Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs; Personal Injury 
   Litigation - Plaintiffs 

Paul A. Fanning (2011) — Banking and Finance Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor
   Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy 

John M. Martin (1995) — Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

New Bern 
James Lee Davis (1993) — Real Estate Law
Donalt J. Eglinton (2009) — Commercial Litigation; Copyright Law; Litigation - Construction; 
   Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Patent; Patent Law

Michael P. Flanagan (1995) — Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and
   Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy

S. McKinley Gray, III (2009) — Workers' Compensation Law - Employers 
William R. Lathan, Jr. (2005) — Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services 
   Regulation Law

E. Eric Mills * — Copyright Law
Gregory T. Peacock (2010) — Litigation - Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates 
C. H. Pope, Jr. (1995) — Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law; Timber Law
E. Knox Proctor V (2010) — Administrative / Regulatory Law; Banking and Finance Law; 
  Financial Services Regulation Law

Clint D. Routson (2005) — Real Estate Law
Frank H. Sheffield, Jr. (1995) — Environmental Law; Litigation - Environmental
J. Troy Smith, Jr. (1987) — Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation,
   Corporate Law
David L. Ward, Jr. (1983) - Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services
  Regulation Law; International Trade and Finance Law; Litigation - Antitrust

Leigh A. Wilkinson (2010) — Health Care Law
A. Rexford Willis, III * — Corporate Law; Tax Law
Kenneth R. Wooten (2005) — Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; 
   Litigation - Construction

William Joseph Austin, Jr. (2009) — Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - 
   Management; Workers' Compensation Law - Employers 

Albert R. Bell, Jr. (1995) — Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management
Stuart B. Dorsett (2001) — Trusts and Estates
Gary J. Rickner (1995) — Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Personal
   Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

James F. Verdonik (1995) — Corporate Law, Technology Law, Venture Capital Law

Jenna Fruechtenicht Butler (2010) — Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury
   Litigation - Plaintiffs

Ryal W. Tayloe (2009) — Bet-the-Company Litigation; Litigation - Construction; Litigation -
   Real Estate


(Year) First year the lawyer was listed. 
(*) Lawyers who are listed for the first time in Best Lawyers.

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