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49 Ward and Smith Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America for 2022

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Best Lawyers® has recognized 49 Ward and Smith attorneys in more than 30 practice areas from across the firm’s five offices. 

The 2022 edition of the prestigious guide named 42 attorneys as “The Best Lawyers in America,” seven were recognized as “Ones to Watch,” and two were honored as “Lawyer of the Year.”

Released annually since 1983, Best Lawyers® highlights the most accomplished and highly acclaimed legal practitioners in their respective practice areas. The recognition is based entirely on peer review, and the publication’s methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues, as accurately as possible. 

The Ward and Smith attorneys recognized in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers® are:


Asheville 2022 Best Lawyers

Jenny Boyer (2022)

Bill Durr (2013)

Zac Lamb (2019)

Norman Leonard (2022)

Lance Martin (2015)

Joanne Badr Morgan (2020)

Bill Wolcott (2018)


Greenville Best Lawyers

Drake Brinkley (2020)

Charles Ellis (1995)

Brad Evans (2016)

Lynwood Evans (2013)

Paul Fanning (2011)

Michael Fields (2018)

Merrill Jones (2013)

John Martin (1995)

New Bern

New Bern Best Lawyers

Don Eglinton (2009)

Ken Gray (2009)

Bill Lathan (2005)

Bill Martin (2013)

Cliff Parson (2021)

Greg Peacock (2010)

Knox Proctor (2010)

Lauren Quinn (2021)

Eric Remington (2020)

Clint Routson (2005)

Ryan Simmons (2021)

Troy Smith (1987)

Amy Wang (2019)

Leigh Wilkinson (2010)


Jeff Bandini (2012)

Danny Brader (2021)

Joe DelPapa (2021)

Xavier Lightfoot (2021)

Steven Long (2010)

Evan Musselwhite (2021)

Gary Rickner (1995)

Erica Rogers (2021)

Tyler Russell (2020)

Jason Strickland (2019)


Wilmington Best Lawyers

B.T. Atkinson (2010)

Jenna Butler (2010)

Virginia Carter (2022)

Trip Coyne (2016)

Chris Edwards (2021)

Sam Franck (2021)

Paige Inman (2021)

John Sloan (2018)

Ryal Tayloe (2009)

Jeremy Wilson (2020)

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