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20 Ward and Smith Attorneys Named as a “Legal Elite” by BNC

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Business North Carolina (“BNC”) has recognized 17 Ward and Smith attorneys as Legal Elite for 2019. 

Since 2002, the publication has honored top attorneys from around the state who were chosen by their peers in the awarded legal category. Only about three percent of attorneys are selected for this distinction each year. 

The Ward and Smith attorneys recognized as 2019 Legal Elite are:

Lauren ArnetteLauren Arnette, Family




Wes Camden, Criminal*      




Alex DaleAlex Dale, Appellate




Angela DoughtyAngela Doughty, Intellectual Property         




Paul FanningPaul Fanning, Bankruptcy




Sam FranckSam Franck, Real Estate        




Lee HodgeLee Hodge, Business




Paige InmanPaige Inman, Young Guns    




Will OdenWill Oden, Employment




Caitlin PoeCaitlin Poe, Criminal




Joe SchoutenJoe Schouten, Litigation




John SloanJohn Sloan, Tax-Estate Planning       




Troy SmithTroy Smith, Business




Jason StricklandJason Strickland, Construction




Amy WangAmy Wang, Environmental




Devon WilliamsDevon Williams, Employment




Jeremy WilsonJeremy Wilson, Young Guns




Wes Camden was also recognized by Business North Carolina as the top attorney in the Criminal category, meaning he received the most votes. He now joins Jim Creekman (retired), David Ward and Brad Evans in the Legal Elite Hall of Fame.  According to BNC’s rules, he is no longer eligible to win in that same category.

Click here to view the entire Legal Elite list, as well as read Business North Carolina’s methodology behind selecting attorneys for this distinction.   

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