Ward and Smith Hires New Litigator

Ward and Smith is thrilled to announce the newest attorney to join the firm, Chris Edwards.

Chris will be based in the Wilmington office. His practice will focus primarily on complex litigation, including litigation in federal courts and appeals. Chris' expertise includes all aspects of litigation, such as pre-lawsuit investigations, motions practice, discovery, and trial preparation. Chris also has a broad array of legal research and writing experience, having drafted motions and memoranda in such diverse areas as bankruptcy, constitutional, and patent law.

"Chris is a very talented and hardworking attorney," Ken Wooten, the firm's Co-Managing Attorney, remarked. "His drive, coupled with his skills and knowledge complement our firm's focus on providing responsive legal services to our clients. So we are very excited to welcome Chris."

Chris earned his bachelor's degree, with honors, in economics and mathematics from Wake Forest University. He remained at the university to pursue his J.D., graduating magna cum laude and finishing third in a class of 187. During law school, Chris was an articles editor for the Wake Forest Law Review; was a member of the Wake Forest Moot Court Board; and earned CALI Awards for receiving the highest grade in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Evidence, Federal Courts, and Trial Practice.

After graduation, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable Louise W. Flanagan of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. More recently, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable G. Steven Agee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

He is a proud Eagle Scout, the highest rank achievable in the Boy Scouts of America. In 2014, less than seven percent of Boy Scouts achieved this rank.

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