Artificial Intelligence

Welcome to our AI law practice, where experienced (and naturally intelligent) attorneys are dedicated to helping businesses, government, and non-profits harness the power of AI while reducing regulatory, intellectual property, and privacy risks related to the host of new impacts artificial intelligence will bring.

Unlocking Innovation, Navigating Regulations, and Protecting Your AI-Driven Future

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming our world, and the legal landscape is no exception.  As AI becomes more sophisticated and pervasive, it is important to have legal experts on your side who can help you understand and navigate the complex legal issues surrounding AI.

As a forward-thinking law firm, Ward and Smith, P.A. is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal solutions to companies developing and harnessing the power of AI. Whether you are a startup, a closely-held business, or a public entity, our team of experienced attorneys is here to guide you through the risks to maximize your AI-driven potential.

Our Capability in AI

AI is revolutionizing industries, from content generation to predictive analytics. At Ward and Smith, we have assembled a team of legal experts with knowledge of AI technologies, including:

Data Privacy: Navigating the complex landscape of AI and data privacy regulations is essential. Our legal team is well-versed in the latest regulatory frameworks, including GDPR, CCPA, and industry-specific guidelines.

Intellectual Property Protection: Safeguarding your innovations is essential. We offer legal counsel on patenting AI technologies, protecting trade secrets, and managing intellectual property rights tied to AI creations.

Licensing and Commercialization: Our attorneys enable the optimization of AI through licensing agreements, partnerships, and technology transfers, aiding in capitalizing on your AI innovations or deploying AI solutions to propel your business forward.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Should disputes or legal challenges arise, our litigators are well-prepared to advocate for your interests in court and efficiently resolve conflicts.

Tailored Legal Solutions for Your Business

Every business is unique, and so are its AI needs. We offer customized legal services tailored to your specific use cases and industry, including:

Content Generation: When employing generative AI for content creation, we work with your team to ensure that your content aligns with copyright and trademark laws, mitigating infringement issues.

Predictive Analytics: Companies leveraging AI for predictive analytics rely on us to ensure that data collection and utilization comply with the myriad of privacy regulations related to your customer's data.

AI in Healthcare: In the healthcare sector, we navigate the intricate web of HIPAA and FDA regulations to help you deploy AI solutions that enhance patient care while protecting Protected Health Information (PHI).

AI in Finance: From algorithmic trading to fraud detection, we assist financial institutions in managing risk from AI solutions, and ensuring those solutions meet regulatory requirements.

Your Trusted Regulatory Partner

AI stands as an innovative technology, yet it presents an array of challenges. Our team proactively foresees potential legal issues within the swiftly evolving AI landscape, offering guidance in key areas such as:

Ethical AI Development: Our attorneys assist teams in adhering to ethical AI development guidelines, fostering AI systems that champion fairness, transparency, and accountability.

Data Protection: Through collaboration with your team, our privacy and data security attorneys embed principles of data privacy and security within AI projects to minimize data security incidents and subsequent litigation.

Business-Aligned Approach: Harmonizing legal strategies with AI business objectives to ensure a comprehensive and integrated approach.

Risk Management: Recognizing and mitigating potential liabilities arising from AI applications is crucial. We evaluate and manage risks associated with AI use to shield your business from legal disputes and liabilities.

Why Choose Ward and Smith?

Experience: Our practice leader, Angela Doughty, was one of the first Directors of Legal Innovation in mid-law. She brings a background in logistics, intellectual property, software development and contracting, and a keen interest in use cases for AI to our clients. She leads a multi-disciplinary team of attorneys who have experience in all the major regulatory and risk-management sections confronting the use of AI in the marketplace, in government, and in the service of non-profits.

Efficiency: We value your time and resources, delivering efficient legal counsel that keep your AI projects on track. We are able to work on a project basis, a billable hour basis, or on a retainer basis, as what works best for our client.

Client-Centric Approach: We are committed to understanding your unique business goals and crafting practical strategies that align with your objectives. As a mid-sized firm, we've found a niche in not just giving you the legal answer but giving you a useful legal answer in the context of your goals, budget, and staffing options.

We are your established legal network with offices in Asheville, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, and Wilmington, NC.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Legal Elite Business North Carolina 2024
  • Super Lawyers 2021
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers 2023
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers 20234

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