June 14, 2018

TRANSITION TO NEW MEDICARE NUMBERS & CARDS

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker


The law requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new unique Medicare number will replace the current Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards. They’re taking this step to protect people with Medicare from fraudulent use of SSNs, which can lead to identity theft andillegal use of Medicare benefits.

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June 12, 2018

Family Law Attorney Manisha P. Patel Earns Legal Elite Distinction

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Family law attorney Manisha P. Patel, of Ward Black Law, was honored as one of North Carolina’s top lawyers for family law in 2018, earning the Legal Elite distinction as published by Business North Carolina magazine.  Since 2002, the statewide publication has been honoring North Carolina attorneys for outstanding performances in various business-related categories.  Winners are not selected by the magazine’s editors but only by licensed attorneys from across the state.  All active NC lawyers are given the opportunity to choose other NC attorneys they believe to be the best in their respective areas of practice.

“I am very thankful to be chosen by my peers as a Legal Elite in Family Law winner,” says Patel.  “It is truly an honor to be recognized for my work as a family law attorney in North Carolina.”

Manisha P. Patel earned her Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law and holds bachelor’s degrees in both economics and history from Virginia Tech. With a focus on family law, Patel joined Ward Black Law in 2013 where she offers compassionate legal counsel and support to clients during emotionally stressful transitions and difficult life situations.  Patel is currently the President-Elect of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and the Immediate Past-President of the Piedmont Triad Women Attorneys.

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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May 14, 2018

Attorney Audrey Snyder Joins WBL

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Ward Black Law is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Audrey Snyder to their firm where she is providing support in the areas of injury claims, including defective products, and family law. She began working with Ward Black Law late in 2017 as a contract attorney and formally joined the team in the spring of 2018. She engages her passion for helping the defenseless with a strong belief in child advocacy and a desire to “stand up for the little guy.”

“We are thrilled to have Audrey as part of our team,” said Janet Ward Black, founder and managing attorney at Ward Black Law. “Her charisma and drive will serve our clients well.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to establish roots in an organization as highly regarded as Ward Black Law,” said Snyder. “It is rewarding to know we are making a difference in the lives of our clients while also making an effort to care for our local community.”

Audrey Snyder began her undergraduate studies at Campbell University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She went on to pursue law at the Campbell University School of Law, obtaining a Juris Doctor and graduating cum laude (with honors). Snyder was an active member of the Mock Trial team and competed in national competitions including the National Civil Trial Competition (NCTC) and American Association for Justice (AAJ) Mock Trial Competition. She received the Order of Old Kivett Award, given for exemplary representation and ethical standards in advocacy competitions.

A native of Lewisburg, West Virginia, Snyder is the oldest of five siblings and the first in her family to pursue a career in law. She met her husband, Gabe, while they both attended undergraduate school at Campbell University and later attended law school together. Her family background shaped the way she relates with people, developing her leadership skills with a balance of both ambition and kindness.

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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May 1, 2018

Family Law Attorney Manisha P. Patel Receives Elon Law Young Alumna Award

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Family law attorney Manisha P. Patel, of Ward Black Law, was recently honored with the 2018 Young Alumna Award by Elon Law’s Women’s Law Association.  The award recognizes Patel’s impact as a female leader in the legal community as well as her contributions to the legal profession.

The purpose of the Women’s Law Association (WLA) is “to create a system of educational, professional, and personal support and development for all individuals who are interested in women’s issues and the law.”  Patel embodies this purpose in her professional endeavors including her role as the President-Elect of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA) for 2018 and her previous selection for the North Carolina Bar Association’s Leadership Academy.

“It is an honor to be recognized by my alma mater among my peers for my leadership in the legal community,” says Patel.  “I am committed to providing my clients with the highest level of service and helping others in my profession do the same.”

Manisha P. Patel earned her Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law and holds undergraduate degrees in both economics and history from Virginia Tech. With a focus on family law, Patel joined Ward Black Law in 2013 where she offers compassionate legal counsel and support to clients during emotionally stressful transitions.  She has been involved with the Piedmont Triad Women Attorneys, a local chapter of the NCAWA, since 2015 and currently serves as Immediate Past- President.

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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March 21, 2018

Attorney Camille Payton Inducted Into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Greensboro attorney S. Camille Payton of Ward Black Law was recently inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.  This national organization honors those attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the field of workers’ compensation. Nominees are selected based on the outstanding traits they have exemplified in their practice of twenty years or more.  The Fellowship in the College recognizes the attorney’s continued commitment to maintain the “highest standards of professional conduct and scholarly pursuits; absolute integrity with clients, opponents, colleagues and the bench; to excellence in the presentation of law and fact; and to a demeanor which manifests respect for the legal process and its participants.”

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by this esteemed organization,” said Payton, who has been practicing law since 1993.  “I not only believe in being the strongest advocate for our clients but also representing our industry with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism.”

Payton currently serves as the Board Chair of Legal Aid of North Carolina and has previously chaired the North Carolina Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation section with more than 500 attorney members from across the state.  She also served as an editor for the North Carolina Workers Compensation Forms Manual, a publication which is widely used by Workers’ Compensation attorneys in every county in North Carolina.  A native of Kinston, North Carolina, she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Texas School of Law before practicing law in Greensboro. Payton, a shareholder at Ward Black Law, focuses her practice on workers who have been injured on the job.    

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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February 16, 2018

Janet Ward Black Receives Advocate’s Award

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Greensboro, North Carolina attorney Janet Ward Black was recently presented with the prestigious Advocate’s Award by the Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Black was given this honor on February 7, 2018, during a reception at the Undercurrent restaurant in Greensboro, hosted by the current chair of the Litigation Section Amanda Martin.

The Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association presents the Advocate’s Award to attorneys “in recognition of a life and career exemplifying the art and skill of advocacy, client and community service, the highest degree of professionalism, and dedication to the pursuit of justice.” Recipients of the award have demonstrated: 1) the highest ethical standards; 2) have shown great skill and ability as a litigator/trial lawyer and commitment to the very best work product; 3) demonstrate a true commitment of service to clients; 4) demonstrate a respect for and love of the law; 5) be held in the highest regard by both bench and bar; 6 ) be dedicated to the community and the bar with a track record of pro bono or volunteer service; and 7) serve as an example of how to effectively balance both outstanding professional performance and other life endeavors.

Black is the first woman attorney to receive the Advocate’s Award. She served as president of the 16,000 member NC Bar Association and the 4,000 member NC Advocates for Justice, only the second attorney in history to be president of both organizations. While president of the NCBA, she created a program “4ALL” that has helped over 100,000 North Carolinians speak to a lawyer at no charge.    

Black is the principal owner of Ward Black Law located in Greensboro. The firm represents people in personal injury, workers’ compensation, veterans’ disability, family law and defective products litigation.  With 38 lawyers and staff, Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina.

Black said, “I am grateful to the Litigation Section of the NCBA not only for this honor, but for all I have learned through it to be a better lawyer and a better leader.”

To learn more, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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January 2, 2018

Jury Orders Bayer, J&J to Pay $28 Million in Xarelto Lawsuit

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Xarelto® is an oral anticoagulant intended to thin the blood and prevent clotting, especially after certain surgeries. The drug is manufactured by Bayer and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson.  Xarelto® has been linked to uncontrollable bleeding, a side effect that can quickly claim lives.  Read more about the recent trial here.

Xarelto® Lawsuit? Contact Us Today

Did you suffer from uncontrolled bleeding, a stroke or other issues after taking Xarelto®? Perhaps you lost a loved one from the side effects of this drug. If so, you may be entitled to pursue a claim against the makers of Xarelto®.

The dangerous-drug attorneys at Ward Black Law can provide a free and confidential case evaluation and guide you on the next steps toward justice. Call us today at (336) 333-2244 or toll-free at 1-877-256-1214. You may also reach us by online inquiry.


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December 1, 2017

Ward Black Law’s 10th Annual Toys for Tots Drive

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Ward Black Law would like to announce their continued partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to sponsor the 10th annual kick-off event for the “Toys for Tots” drive in the Greensboro, N.C., community.  “Toys for Tots” is an organization whose mission is to “help the less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas.”  They also strive to “unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year…and contribute to better communities in the future.”

The kick-off event for the 2017 “Toys for Tots” drive will be held on December 8th at Ward Black Law’s office from 7am to 6pm and is open to anyone who would like to donate to this worthy cause.  Just bring new, unwrapped toys for children, from infants to 12-year-olds, and enjoy food, visit with Santa, have fun with children’s activities, and thank a United States Marine.  Ward Black Law is a collection site for “Toys for Tots” gifts through December 15th.  Donated toys will be delivered to needy children in the Triad area by volunteer Marines before Christmas Day.


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September 5, 2017

Attorney Afi Johnson-Parris Invited to Teach at the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Ward Black Law attorney Afi Johnson-Parris recently served as a faculty member at the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute in Boulder, Colorado sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the American Bar Association (ABA) Family Law Section.  NITA’s team of professors, judges, and practicing lawyers apply their knowledge, credentials and experience to train and develop legal advocates that will help improve the adversarial judicial system.  Johnson-Parris was invited as an expert in the area of family law trial advocacy to teach other lawyers about presenting child custody, equitable distribution, and divorce cases in court. 

On the heels of returning from NITA, it was also announced that Johnson-Parris had earned the distinction of being named by U.S. News & World Report to The 2018 Best Lawyers in America© listing in the area of family law.  Best Lawyers© has been regarded as one of the most reliable and unbiased sources for legal referrals in the country for more than 30 years. Recipients of the Best Lawyers© distinction have been chosen by other attorneys using confidential, exhaustive peer evaluations.

“I am incredibly honored to be held in such high regard by my peers,” said Afi Johnson-Parris.  “It is also humbling to be recognized as a leader in my field and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to invest in the careers of fellow legal advocates.”

In 2013, Afi Johnson-Parris joined forces with Ward Black Law combining her existing family law practice with the opportunity to also pursue her passion for helping veterans through a veterans disability practice. A North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist, Johnson-Parris was recently named the 2017 Legal Elite Winner for family law by Business North Carolina magazine.  Johnson-Parris is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.  Prior to attending law school, she attended the University of Miami on a ROTC scholarship and later served as an officer in the Air Force.  During her service, she continued in her pursuit of education, earning an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix- Southern Colorado Campus.

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans’ disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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August 18, 2017

Three Ward Black Law Attorneys Ranked Among Nation’s Best Lawyers

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Ward Black Law announces three attorneys from its Greensboro law firm have earned the distinction of being named by U.S. News & World Report to The 2018 Best Lawyers in America© listing.  Janet Ward Black was named to the list for the twelfth consecutive year and is recognized for her expertise in both mass tort/class action litigation and personal injury litigation.  New to the list are Nancy R. Meyers recognized in the area of personal injury litigation and Afi Johnson-Parris recognized in the area of family law.

Janet Ward Black, a NC State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award recipient, is the founder of Ward Black Law, a 40-person firm which has been selected to the Best Law Firms list by U.S. News and World Report since 2007.  Black was also awarded the Charles Murphy Award for public service by Duke Law School, the Thurgood Marshall Award for extraordinary service to the people of North Carolina, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by NC Governor Pat McCrory.  She was 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.

Nancy Meyers joined the firm in 2011 where she has focused her practice in the areas of serious personal injury and wrongful death.  Her background in the medical field gives her a unique and exceptional perspective in dealing with injured clients and their families.  Meyers earned a degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law.  Her credentials and experience have earned her admittance to the US Court of Federal Claims which allows her the privilege of representing clients who have been injured by vaccines.

In 2013, Afi Johnson-Parris joined forces with Ward Black Law combining her existing family law practice with the opportunity to also pursue her passion for helping veterans through a veterans disability practice. A North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist, Johnson-Parris was recently named a 2017 Legal Elite Winner for family law by Business North Carolina magazine.  Johnson-Parris is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.  Prior to attending law school, she attended the University of Miami on a ROTC scholarship and later served as an officer in the Air Force.  During her service, she continued in her pursuit of education, earning an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix- Southern Colorado Campus.

“We are so fortunate to have an amazing team behind us at Ward Black Law,” said Janet Ward Black.  “It’s a true honor for all three of us to be recognized by our peers for the work we do to give our clients the service and care they deserve.”

Best Lawyers© has been regarded as one of the most reliable and unbiased sources for legal referrals in the country for more than 30 years. Recipients of the Best Lawyers© distinction have been chosen by other attorneys using confidential, exhaustive peer evaluations. 

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans’ disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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