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 26, 2017

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day, a day created to promote awareness of the rare but deadly disease.  According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 3,000 people are diagnosed with this aggressive form of cancer each year.

At Ward Black Law, we have worked with hundreds of North Carolina families whose lives and loved ones have been impacted by the devastating effects of asbestos-related cancer. For more than 20 years, we have acted as a powerful voice and advocate for these victims. Our team of experienced mesothelioma attorneys know firsthand that, despite the rarity of this condition, the effects of this disease can be grievous and often deadly.

What You Should Know About Mesothelioma 

  1. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer which affects the mesothelium lining covering internal organs in the chest, abdominal and cardiac cavities.  
  2. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a naturally-occurring mineral.  When asbestos is broken down, its fibers become airborne and can be unknowingly ingested due to its virtually invisible nature.
  3. Because men are exposed to asbestos more frequently, they are nearly 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma than women.
  4. It can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years after asbestos exposure for symptoms of mesothelioma to appear.
  5. The average age at the time of diagnosis for pleural mesothelioma is 69.  Between 70-90% of mesothelioma cases appear in the pleura, or chest cavity.
  6. Asbestos was used in thousands of products ranging from construction materials to everyday household products.  It’s possible that asbestos could still be in buildings today if they were built before the 1970’s.
  7. Nearly 40,000 people have lost their lives to mesothelioma.

Support Mesothelioma Awareness

The goal of Mesothelioma Awareness Day is to help shine a spotlight on this devastating and currently incurable disease. Mesothelioma Awareness Day is now in its 13th year, aiming to bring more attention and funding to this cancer.  However, there is still much work to be done in the search for a cure and to ensure that future victims of mesothelioma receive the best possible medical care.

What can you do to help? Visit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation website to learn more.

Mesothelioma Lawyers Serving North Carolina

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disease, you will need a powerful advocate on your side to get the peace of mind and justice you deserve. However, the law limits the time within which you may pursue legal action.

The team of experienced mesothelioma lawyers at Ward Black Law have successfully represented more than 1,000 people with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. Many of these individuals worked in power plants and other industrial and residential sights across North and South Carolina.

Our N.C. mesothelioma lawyers have more than 20 years’ experience getting compensation for people with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. If you have been exposed to asbestos at work or at home or have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our mesothelioma lawyers are standing by at (336) 333-2244 to provide you with a free consultation. You may also contact us via email or online inquiry form.


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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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July 17, 2017

Greensboro Attorney S. Camille Payton Elected Board Chair of Legal Aid of NC

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Greensboro attorney S. Camille Payton of Ward Black Law was recently elected Board Chair of Legal Aid of North Carolina for a two-year term.  Legal Aid of North Carolina is the largest non-profit law firm in the state, providing free legal service to individuals with low income.  Legal Aid also protects victims of domestic violence.

“It is a privilege to serve in leadership for such an important organization,” said Payton, who has served on the board since June, 2013. “I believe passionately in the efforts of Legal Aid to serve those in our communities that lack the resources to obtain the critical legal help they need.”

Payton 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.  Payton has been practicing law since 1993. 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 focuses her practice at Ward Black Law in representing 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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June 26, 2017

Greensboro Family Law Attorney Appointed Vice President of NCAWA

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Family law attorney Manisha P. Patel, of Ward Black Law, was recently appointed as Vice President of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA).  Patel began her term as Vice President on June 1, 2017 and will serve through December 31, 2017.   Her previous roles on the Executive State Board of NCAWA include Education Committee Chair and Secretary. 

The NCAWA is a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1978 with the mission to promote the participation of women in the legal profession and advance the rights and welfare of women under the law.  The efforts of the NCAWA throughout the years have resulted in the passing of numerous laws improving the welfare of women and children in the state of North Carolina on issues including domestic violence, equitable distribution of marital property, and child support enforcement.

“We are thankful that Manisha has been selected to serve in this leadership role with the NCAWA,” says Janet Ward Black, Founder and Managing Attorney at Ward Black Law. “Her hard work and dedication will greatly benefit this organization, and we’re proud of her accomplishment.”

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 as a contract attorney in 2013 where she offers compassionate legal 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 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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June 14, 2017

Workers’ Compensation & Mesothelioma Attorney Joins Ward Black Law

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

 

Ward Black Law is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Jeffrey Lewis to their Greensboro firm, where he will focus on workers’ compensation law while engaging with the local community through openness and transparency.  In addition to working with clients who have suffered harm in their work environments, Lewis also serves men and women with diseases such as mesothelioma stemming from workplace asbestos exposure.

“We are thankful that Jeff has agreed to join the Workers’ Compensation team at Ward Black Law,” said owner and lead attorney Janet Ward Black. “He brings a depth of knowledge and experience which will greatly benefit our clients who have been injured on the job.”

“I’m thrilled to join Ward Black Law”, said Lewis. “Their professional reputation is only exceeded by their reputation in the community, and I’m excited to continue to grow professionally at such a fine law firm”.

Jeff Lewis earned his Juris Doctor from UNC at Chapel Hill and Bachelor of Science in Business (Decision Sciences) from Miami University.  With his former firm, Lewis was responsible for hundreds of cases, including the largest settlement in the firm’s history, earning his membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  His previous career experience includes serving as an adjunct professor for NC State University and work as a marketing and IT consultant for several companies across North America. 

Born and raised in Ohio, Jeff Lewis moved to North Carolina in 2001 and now calls Greensboro home. He and his wife Sally are actively involved with their children’s school and youth sports activities, their church and the local community. A seasoned runner, Lewis has participated in countless races in the area and is a strong advocate of youth running.

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 27, 2017

Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Trust Opens

Posted By: hannah

The Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Trust is now open for claims! After a sixteen year wait, people who were exposed to asbestos products manufactured by Pittsburgh Corning are finally able to file claims against a trust that was established to pay for their injuries. Over three billion dollars is available for qualified claimants. If you or a loved one has ever been diagnosed with an asbestos disease, please contact us and we’ll let you know if you can file a claim for compensation! Diseases include mesothelioma, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, asbestosis and asbestos related pleural plaques. Contact Laurie at 336-510-2123 or lcanham@wardblacklaw.com.

To learn more about the Pittsburgh Corning trust, visit www.pccasbestostrust.com.”


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January 13, 2017

Attorney Afi Johnson-Parris Voted Top Family Lawyer in North Carolina

Posted By: hannah

Attorneys across North Carolina have voted Greensboro lawyer Afi Johnson-Parris as the top Legal Elite attorney in the state for family law. This distinction was announced in the Legal Elite edition of Business North Carolina magazine which is published each January, with over 23,000 active members of the North Carolina State Bar picking from among their peers in 14 mostly business-related categories. Across North Carolina, 669 lawyers were selected by their peers, and Johnson-Parris received the most votes of any lawyer in the family law category, statewide.Afi Johnson-Parris Headshot

“I am extremely thankful to my colleagues in the NC State Bar for selecting me as the 2017 NC Legal Elite winner in the Family Law category,” said Johnson-Parris, “and I congratulate all of the other 2017 Legal Elite attorneys as well.”

Afi Johnson-Parris left a sole proprietorship to join Ward Black Law in 2013, and has previously practiced with Smith Moore Leatherwood and Kilpatrick Stockton. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and the University of Virginia School of Law, and holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix-Southern Colorado campus.

Johnson-Parris, a U.S. Air Force veteran, also practices veterans disability law at Ward Black Law. Johnson-Parris previously served as chair of the NCBA’s Law Practice Management Section and has provided board leadership to Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park, First Citizens Bank, ABA Law Practice Management Section Women Rainmakers, YWCA, Guilford Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Junior League of Greensboro. She serves on the NCBA Board of Governors, and is the immediate past president of the Greensboro Bar Association.

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 Social Security disability matters. To learn more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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September 29, 2016

If you love us, let us know!

Posted By: hannah

Ward Black Law is in the running for the GoTriad 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards, and we would be honored to receive your vote.  For years we’ve been serving the Greensboro area with unparalleled availability, honesty and exceptional client service.

If we’ve served you well, please vote for us by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 30 . When you do, you’ll also be entered to win a $100 or $200 Visa gift card! 

Voting is easy, and it only takes a few moments! Just check out the rules and follow the steps on the GoTriad 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards Web page. 

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Happy voting, and thank you from our team at Ward Black Law! 


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