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Ward and Smith and Attorneys Shine in 2024 Chambers USA Rankings

June 7, 2024

Ward and Smith, P.A.

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Ward and Smith is pleased to announce that several of its practice areas and attorneys have been recognized in the 2024 Chambers USA Rankings.

This year, the firm has been honored with new rankings in various categories and welcomes new attorneys to the list of distinguished professionals.


Ranked in Band 3, Ward and Smith's Bankruptcy/Restructuring practice has earned high praise for its depth and responsiveness. Clients have noted:

"Ward and Smith has a strong depth of bench."

"The team are quick to respond and always provide high levels of service."


Paul Fanning Lance Martin
Paul Fanning
Band 3
Lance Martin
Band 3

Bankruptcy and creditors' rights attorneys Paul Fanning and Lance Martin have both been recognized in this category, with Lance receiving a commendation as a Band 3 attorney in North Carolina: "Lance is an excellent attorney." 

Paul also ranked in Band 3 for North Carolina, is celebrated for his exceptional service: "Paul always delivers high-quality service."


Amy Wooten
Amy Wooten
Band 1

In a new category recognition, attorney Amy Wooten received a Band 1 ranking for her outstanding work in Insurance. She co-leads the firm's Insurance Counseling + Recovery practice group, which was launched in 2023 to provide comprehensive representation for policyholders requiring an understanding of or facing insurance disputes about all types of insurance policies.      

Intellectual Property

Ward and Smith's Intellectual Property practice has been ranked in Band 3. Clients have been highly appreciative of the team's ability to navigate complex topics and their exceptional responsiveness:

"Ward and Smith PA was able to understand the complex topic swiftly and helped us complete the provisional patent application within days - just in time for our launch."

"They're there any time you call or email. I cannot give them higher marks for responsiveness and client service."

Art DeBaugh Angela Doughty Joe Schouten
Art DeBaugh
Band 2
Angela Doughty,

Band 2
Joe Schouten
Up and Coming

Attorneys Art DeBaughAngela Doughty, CIPP/US, AIGP, and Joe Schouten have been recognized in this category. Angela ranked in Band 2 for North Carolina, receives particular praise:

"She's incredibly bright, responsive, thorough. I cannot say enough good things about her. She's great at the tactical, but also provides great global advice."

Labor + Employment

Ranked in Band 4, the firm's Labor + Employment team stands out for their expertise and professionalism. Clients have shared their satisfaction:

"Their expertise has consistently and thoroughly addressed all of our needs. Their knowledge and professionalism are always evident."

"It's a strong team with a vast array of knowledge and background experiences."

"They consistently deliver clear and concise information in a timely manner. It's a very proactive team."

Real Estate

Ward and Smith's Real Estate practice, also ranked in Band 4, has been commended for its efficiency and client-centered approach:

"Ward and Smith did a wonderful job for us and made it as painless as possible. We could not have done this deal without them."

Chambers USA's rigorous ranking process involves confidential interviews with clients and attorneys, along with a comprehensive assessment of the firm's recent work. Firms and attorneys must demonstrate consistent excellence to secure recognition in this prestigious guide. For more details on the methodology, please refer to the publication's website.


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