2020 Legal Elite | Environmental
Ward and Smith PA | New Bern
50; born in Kansas City, Mo.; bachelor’s from University of Virginia and law degree from Wake Forest University; married to husband, David, with son, Conner, daughter, Emma, and two fur babies.
Why she chose to specialize in this field
As a child, I dreamed of being an architect and rebuilding old abandoned factories and blighted areas. Sadly, my design skills never progressed beyond Legos, but I can still revitalize areas with clients through [the N.C. Brownfields Program].
What she’d be if not a lawyer
Functional medicine practitioner.
Best advice received
Still waiting for that.
Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, in the summertime. Many memories of family vacations with just the four of us traveling outdoors with no heat and humidity, including watching the U.S. win the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle. It transports me to … Southern France and makes me relax and smile every time I read it (usually once every couple of years).
The Breakfast Club — “Demented and sad, but social.” I spent middle and high school in Chicago in the ’80s, and John Hughes was a talented teller of high school angst.
Attending my children’s swim meets — no time for anything else!