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Janet Ward Black

Ward Black Law
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Janet Ward Black
Ward Black Law

anet Ward Black is the principal owner of Ward Black Law located in Greensboro. The 36-person firm is one of the largest woman-owned law firms in our state. Ward Black Law has represented over a thousand clients in the past 4 years with client settlements of over 34 million dollars.* Ward Black Law represents people in personal injury, workers’ compensation, veterans’ disability, family law and defective products litigation. 

A graduate of Davidson College cum laude in economics and Duke Law School, Black served as the third woman president of the North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers and the fourth woman president of the North Carolina Bar Association. She is only the second lawyer in history to serve as president of both organizations.

The program she created while president of the 16,000 member Bar Association, “4 ALL,” has been used as a model in the United States and Canada for providing free legal services to the poor.

Black is a frequent lawyer educator and motivational speaker. She is a Trustee Emeritus of Hood Theological Seminary and has served on many non-profit boards and on many international mission trips. She received the North Carolina State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the Charles Murphy Award for public service by Duke Law School in 2010. Black has been named in North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina’s Legal Elite and The Best Lawyers in America. She also retains an AVVO rating of 10, which is the highest rating that can be achieved. Black is a member of the Women’s Presidents Association and C12 Christian CEOs and Business Owners’ Group.

Attorney, Ward Black Law, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2006 – present

Attorney, Donaldson & Black, P.A., Greensboro, North Carolina, 1992 – 2006

Wallace Whitley Pope & Black, Salisbury, North Carolina, 1989 – 1992

Assistant District Attorney for Cabarrus and Rowan Counties, 1985 – 1988

Native of Kannapolis, North Carolina

1982 Graduate of Davidson College cum laude in Economics

Lunsford Richardson Honors Scholar

Charles A. Cannon Scholar in Chemistry and Economics

Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society

1985 Graduate of Duke University School of Law


Member, C12 Christian CEO and Owners Group, Greensboro, 2005 to present

Member, Women Presidents’ Organization, Greensboro, 2008 to present

Board Member and Chair of Advancement Committee, International Cooperating Ministries, 2010 to present

Board of Advisors, First Citizens Bank, Greensboro, 2009 to present

Master of the Bench, Joseph Branch Inn of Court, 1995 to present

Trustee Emeritus, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury

Elder, Church on 68, Greensboro, 2010 to present

Legislative Advisory Committee Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Women to Women Advisory Council, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, 2016 to present

Professional Organization Memberships

American Association for Justice

Christian Trial Lawyers Association

North Carolina Bar Association

North Carolina Advocates for Justice

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys

Women’s Professional Forum, Greensboro


President, North Carolina Bar Association 2007 – 2008(16,000 members)

President-Elect, North Carolina Bar Association 2006-2007

Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, 2001-2002

Chair, Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association (1900 members)

Member, Long Range Planning Committee, NCBA and Chair of Subcommittee on Image and Leadership 2000-2001

Board of Governors and Executive Committee Member, North Carolina Advocates for Justice 2017-2018

Board of Governors and Executive Committee Member, North Carolina Bar Association 1998-2001

Co-Chairman, Ethics Committee, Litigation Section, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Task Force on Women in the Profession, North Carolina Bar Association

Appointed by NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin to the NC Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, 2015 to 2017

President, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers 2002-2003 (3900 members)

President-Elect, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2001-2002

Chair, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Political Action Committee 2004-2006

Legislative Vice President, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2000-2001

Vice-President of Membership, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers 1998-2000

Board of Governors Member, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers 1995-1998

Co-chair, NC Access to Justice Campaign for Legal Services of North Carolina 2006

Co-Chair, Access to Justice Campaign Statewide, Legal Aid of North Carolina– Triad Division 2006-2010

Advisory Panel Member, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Greensboro 2002-2009

Co-Chair, NC Access to Justice Campaign for Legal Services of North Carolina

Member (2002-2005) and Co-Chair (2005), Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Advisory PanelCEO Selection Committee Member for North Carolina Advocates for Justice 2015-2017

Board of Governors Member, American Association for Justice 2005 – 2008

Trustee, Roscoe Pound Foundation 2006- 2007

Board of Directors, Mercy Mission Teams, Greensboro 2000 – 2010

Trustee, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC 2000-2008

Board of Directors Member, Volunteer Center of Greensboro 2001-2005

Board of Directors Member, Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro 

CEO Selection Committee Member, NC Advocates for Justice 2015-2017

Steering Committee Member, NC Institute of Government Judicial Education Fund

Co-Chair, PAC Task Force, Association of Trial Lawyers of America 1998-1999

Member, Rules Committee, NC Business Court

Board Member, Vice-Chair, Chair, Presbyterian Counseling Center, 1993-1997

Rowan County Bar Association, President 1992, President Elect 1990 – 1991

Rowan County Democratic Women, President 1991-92

Stewardship Campaign Co-Chairman, Fellowship Presbyterian Church

Elder and Co-Chair of Building Committee, Fellowship Presbyterian Church

Piedmont Players Board of Governors, Rowan County

Member, North Carolina Democratic Party Judicial Nominating Committee

Crisis Council Shelter Board of Directors, Rowan County

First Vice-Chairman 1989 – 1991, Rowan County Democratic Party

First Woman Member, Salisbury Rotary Club

Board of Trustees, Rotary Foundation, Paul Harris Fellow

Subcommittee for Legal Profession- Member, Hobbie Center for Values and Ethics, Catawba College

Liaison Counsel for the State of North Carolina for Federal Court Breast Implant Litigation

Board Member, NC Center for Entrepreneurship, 2010 to 2014, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity to Honduras

National Advisory Committee, Win-Win Resolutions, Inc., Greensboro

Member, Plaintiffs Steering Committee, Asbestos Multidistrict Litigation, appointed by Hon. James Giles, US District Judge, Eastern District Pennsylvania 2007-2015


2019 Best Lawyers® Recipient for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs

2018 Best Lawyers® Recipient for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Recipient of the Ebbie Award by North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by NC Governor Pat McCrory, 2016

Recipient of Woman of Justice Award, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2012

Recipient of the Athena Award, Partnership Greensboro 2012

Recipient of Duke Law School Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service 2010

Recipient of the North Carolina Bar Distinguished Service Award 2010

Recipient of “Women in Business” Award, The Business Journal, 2009

Named a “Woman of Achievement” by General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina 2007

Named in North Carolina “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics Magazine 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 including one of the top 50 women attorneys in North Carolina 2006-2015, 2018

Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers 2010, 2011

Rated with a AV Preeminent Rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s American Registry of Lawyers (20 years)

Named in“North Carolina Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina 2007, 2010

Named in “Best Lawyers in America” 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017

Named a “2008 Impact Law Leader” by Triad Business Leader Magazine

Named a “Woman Extraordinaire” by Bizlife Magazine 2007

1980 Miss North Carolina and recipient of Grand Talent Award at 1981 Miss America Pageant

Recipient of N.C. Jaycees Award of Excellence, 1980

Recipient of “Outstanding Community Leaders of America” – 1987

Named “Business Associate of the Year” by the American Business Women’s Association, Reidsville Chapter, 1994

Ward Black Law listed in “Best Law Firms in America” by U.S. News & World Report 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Ward Black Law named “Professional Advisor of the Year” by Business Leader Magazine 2010

Motivational speaker to over fifty civic, community and youth organizations since 1985

Girls’ State Speaker on the Judiciary and Law as a Profession for Women since 1989

Continuing Legal Education speaker since 1989 for North Carolina Bar Association, Wake Forest University, and North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers

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