Ward and Smith is pleased to announce two new additions, Isabelle Chammas and Courtney Peters.
Isabelle is a litigation attorney in the Wilmington office. Courtney's practice focuses on trusts and estates, and she will reside in the firm's Raleigh office.
"Isabelle and Courtney are exceptional assets whose talents allow us to provide our clients with an even deeper bench," stated Brad Evans, Ward and Smith's Co-Managing Director. "We're happy to welcome attorneys with such good industry experience to our team."
Isabelle joins the firm's Wilmington office as a litigation attorney. She helps clients navigate complex business, intellectual property, and product liability disputes, and also assists with other general litigation matters.
Isabelle works with clients at every phase of the litigation process. She advises them on legal strategy in mediations, arbitrations, and trials, drawing on her experience as a law clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
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In her trusts and estates practice, Courtney counsels individuals, couples, families, and businesses with a wide variety of lifetime planning and business succession matters and helps administer all sizes and types of estates. She assists in preparing estate plans including, wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and more complex trusts for gift and related purposes.
Courtney has a background in banking, giving her unique insights into providing both technical and practical advice. She joined Ward and Smith after working for several years at Wells Fargo, where she helped clients set up, administer, terminate, and distribute irrevocable trusts, including life insurance trusts; provided fiduciary and life insurance administration guidance to mitigate risk; and, worked with outside advisors for various financial and estate and tax planning projects. As a result, Courtney has a unique perspective that will be helpful to the firm's estate planning clients, especially those with multi-generation family offices.