Best Lawyers®, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named three Ward and Smith attorneys as 2017 "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each North Carolina metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."
Ward and Smith attorneys recognized as 2017 Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" are:
- William Joseph Austin, Jr. - Workers' Compensation Law - Employers - Raleigh
- Knox Proctor V - Corporate Law - Wilmington
- Kenneth R. Wooten - Litigation - Construction - Wilmington
Knox and Ken primarily practice from Ward and Smith's New Bern office. Best Lawyers® includes New Bern in the Wilmington metropolitan area. Accordingly, they were recognized as a "Lawyer of the Year" for the Wilmington metropolitan area.