M. Bernie Orris

Financial Institutions and Securities Paralegal
Ward and Smith, P.A.
Email mbo@wardandsmith.com
Post Office Box 867, New Bern, NC 28563-0867

Bernie Orris is a paralegal with the firm's Financial Institutions and Securities Practice Groups.  She assists with preparation of Securities and Exchange Act 1933 and 1934 filings.  Additionally, she coordinates the firm's audit responses, registered agent document processing and in-house contract management.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Orris spent three years as the Assistant Regional Executive for USO in the Pacific and 20 years in the Marine Corps as an imagery interpreter and intelligence analyst.


  • M.S., Business Administration, Boston University
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of Maryland

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Craven County Messiah Choir
  • North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal
  • North Carolina Bar Association – Member, Paralegal Division and Business Law Section

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