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I am a business and regulatory attorney. My law practice involves a variety of transactions and compliance matters, with a particular emphasis on the banking and financial sector, though I handle a wide range of matters for businesses of various sizes and in various industries, as well as governmental entities.

Some of the areas in which I have particular experience are listed below.

My firm, Ward and Smith, P.A., is a full-service law firm providing excellent, client-focused service in nearly every area of civil law. If I don't have the specific knowledge and experience to address an issue, I have teammates who can. We have more than ninety attorneys in five cities across North Carolina, which enables us meet clients' needs efficiently through a team-based approach.

Before joining Ward and Smith, P.A., I interned with Ward and Smith, two other law firms, a public-interest law organization, and Justice Paul M. Newby of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

I have also been involved in a number of efforts "pro bono publico" (for the public good), and continue to look for opportunities to serve my communities.


Practice areas


  1. Financial Markets and Services: 25%
  2. Business: 25%
  3. Privacy: 15%
  4. Securities Offerings: 15%
  5. Mergers & Acquisitions: 15%

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  • James Tyler Brooks

    I endorse Matthew. We went to law school together and he is one of the sharpest and most diligent people I know. Anytime I have a business law question or just need solid advice, he is top of my list.


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer - Rising Star (Business Law)Super Lawyers Magazine2014
Legal Elite (Category: Business Law)Business North Carolina magazine2014
Legal Elite (Category: Young Guns)Business North Carolina magazine2013
Peer Rated "AV" --Top Rating AvailableMartindale-Hubbell / LexisNexis2013
Young Lawyer of the QuarterNorth Carolina Bar Association2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyWard & Smith, PA2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionDivision Director2013 - Present
Leadership Academy Class of 2012 - North Carolina Bar AssociationLeader2012 - 2012
Strategic Planning and Emerging Trends Committee of the North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers DivisionChair of Newsletter Committee; Editor of the Advocate2007 - 2013
North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law SectionMemberN/A
North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Campbell UniversityBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Campbell UniversityBusiness AdministrationMA - Masters2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NC Bar Association PD Annual MeetingEverything You Need to Know about Electronic Signatures and Records2014
Human Resources Officer MeetingSocial Media and Banking Regulation2014
Deposit Accounts ClinicComplying with North Carolina's Elder Financial Abuse Law2014
Bank Compliance Officer MeetingUpdates on Banking Law Developments2014
NCBA/NCCUL Elder Financial Abuse SummitNorth Carolinas New Elder Financial Abuse Statute - What Financial Institutions Need to Know2013
Compliance Officer Peer Group MeetingHot Topics in Banking Law and Regulation2013
Bank Security SummitData Security Breaches and Account Takeover2013