Employment and Personal Injury Attorney

Xavier D. Lightfoot

Post Office Box 33009, Raleigh, NC 27636-3009

Xavier’s practice primarily focuses on labor and employment law, serious personal injury and wrongful death, and civil litigation.

As a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, he regularly advises employers on a wide range of labor and employment law issues, including personnel policies and handbooks, employment discrimination and harassment, employee discipline and termination, drug and alcohol testing, and various wage and hour matters.  He has also conducted training presentations and webinars for employers on various COVID-19 employment topics such as workforce reduction, ADA compliance, emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements under the FFCRA, best practices and strategies for employers to return workers to the workplace, and preparation of liability waivers.

In addition, Xavier has experience litigating claims for serious personal injury, including cases involving vehicle accidents, professional malpractice, and premises liability, among other areas.  He also represents both corporate and individual clients in a broad range of civil litigation before state and federal courts.

Xavier worked with Ward and Smith as a Summer Associate prior to joining the firm permanently. Additionally, he served as a legal intern with Red Hat and the Local Government Federal Credit Union.

  • Tenth Judicial District Bar
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice – Section: Auto Torts (CLE/conference presenter)
  • North Carolina Bar Association – Section: Litigation (YLD Co-Liaison)
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair)
  • Triangle Society for Human Resource Management
  • North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers
  • American Constitution Society

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From Our Clients

Not only have I personally worked with Ward and Smith on medical malpractice cases, I refer them cases due to their expertise and success with this difficult area of practice.
Harry Albritton
Irons & Irons
The team at Ward and Smith in Wilmington were great! They were caring, responsive, competent, thorough and effective. I can’t ask for anything more.
Chris Barclay
Outstanding firm. I have in the past worked cases with their attorneys and they do a great job. We frequently refer cases to them.
John Warlick
The Law Offices of John Drew Warlick, P.A.
Ward and Smith is an absolutely a top notch law firm in every respect.
Robert Warlick,
The Law Offices of John Drew Warlick, P.A.

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