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.

 


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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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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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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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