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Today, Womble Carlyle is a 550-attorney firm with 15 offices throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and in California. But in 1876, the firm began as a single office in Winston-Salem, and since that time, Womble Carlyle and Winston-Salem have been an integral part of the other’s success.
With nearly 150 attorneys, the Winston-Salem office remains the firm’s largest, and it also serves as the hub for many of the firm’s support services. Woodward and White, Inc.’s The Best Lawyers in America ranks Womble Carlyle #1 in Winston-Salem as the market’s top business law firm.
Our attorneys provide a full range of legal services to businesses, including:
Alternative Dispute Resolution—With a team that includes a former U.S. District Court Judge and a former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, we provide creative, cost-effective solutions to disputes using mediation and arbitration.
Antitrust—Our veteran Antitrust team has a proven track record of success, representing a wide range of clients in state and federal courts.
Bankruptcy/Restructuring—We counsel banks, debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, and a wide array of other participants in the restructuring, workout and bankruptcy process.
Business Litigation—Business litigation has been a hallmark practice at Womble Carlyle for more than a century. Our Business Litigation Team adds value by using innovative solutions to help clients rise to competitive challenges, manage risk, control litigation costs and defeat adversaries to achieve their business goals.
Capital Markets—In good economic times and bad, we help financial institutions, institutional investors and other corporate clients make smart deals. In addition, we represent governmental bodies in incentives and public financing matters.
Case Management Facility—The CMF organizes, tracks, searches and synthesizes mass tort litigation documents into information attorneys can use. The state-of-the-art technology is backed by a staff that includes experienced trial lawyers and paralegals who understand large-scale litigation and what litigators need to win cases.
Corporate & Securities—Our team helps companies evaluate, structure and negotiate complex business transactions, including venture capital financings, initial public offerings, corporate spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and joint ventures.
Economic Development—We work with companies looking to relocate to or expand in the region, helping them negotiate and secure incentives and other financing.
Employee Benefits—We help companies design, draft, implement and administer employee benefit plans, including health care plans. We also assist with regulatory compliance and representation before the IRS and Department of Labor. Our clients include non-profits and universities as well as for-profit businesses.
Government Relations—We influence policy, build coalitions, shape public opinion and navigate regulatory hurdles at all levels of government.
Health Care—Best Lawyers ranks Womble Carlyle #1 in North Carolina for Health Care Law. Our team serves hospitals, physicians groups and other health care providers in regulatory compliance, business transactions, hospital-physician issues, litigation, reimbursements and other legal issues specific to the health care world.
Intellectual Property— In today’s global economy, defending trade secrets is more difficult than ever. Womble Carlyle’s team has both the legal knowledge and technological acumen to protect and leverage your patents, copyrights and trade secrets.
Labor & Employment—We represent employers in employment litigation before federal and state courts, agencies, and arbitration panels. But we also counsel employers on employment issues so they can proactively avoid litigation and minimize liability exposure.
Medical Records Collection & Analysis—We can help win defense cases and keep costs under control in litigation involving complex medical and scientific issues. Our medical records team includes nurses, researchers and other medical experts who can collect, analyze and summarize these documents into information attorneys can use effectively in court.
Product Liability Litigation—Womble Carlyle offers a product liability litigation strategy forged in science. Our team brings both the scientific and legal experience needed to win tough product liability cases. Our practice includes product liability litigation, including large-scale class action suits; appellate work all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court; and international product liability defense.
Public Finance—Our attorneys have acted as bond counsel on hundreds of state and local bond issues used to build new schools, pave roads and construct airports and hospitals, among other purposes. We also represent financial institutions in the public finance area.
Real Estate Development—Need help in building, developing, selling or managing commercial property? Our veteran Real Estate Development team can help every step of the way.
Tax—We work with companies to help them find the best possible tax structure, while also helping them comply with the myriad of federal and state tax laws. We also represent clients in tax-related litigation, including cases before the U.S. Tax Court.
Telecommunications, Cable & Broadcast—Companies in the telecommunications, cable, radio and broadcast TV fields turn to us to help them resolve disputes, negotiate agreements and comply with federal regulations.
Trial Consulting—Our Trial Consulting services include jury selection, persuasive issues identification, mock trials and focus groups, witness assessment and preparation, and trial strategy.
Trusts & Estates—Our team has specific experience in gift and estate planning, and in estate, trust and guardianship administration.
The Battle of Okinawa was one of the last—and bloodiest—battles of World War II. More than 12,000 American soldiers died during that battle, and Lt. Kenneth Phillips, the father of Womble Carlyle attorney Jim Phillips, earned the Bronze Star for his heroism in the Battle of Okinawa.
Recently, a dispute in North Carolina Business Court led a judge to closely examine the rights of individual members of a general partnership compared to rights of members of a limited partnership.
Womble Carlyle has been a long-time supporter of Legal Aid of North Carolina. LANC recognized that support at an Oct. 26th ceremony honoring the firm’s commitment to pro bono service.
For the second consecutive year, Womble Carlyle attorneys Tony Brett and Gregg Skall will be among the speakers at the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) Conference on Nov. 5th.
Womble Carlyle Deputy General Counsel Alison Bost will help lead a panel discussion titled “Advanced Corporate Conflicts of Interest” at the 2016 ACC Annual Meeting.
Risk assessment can be a daunting task, particularly for new in-house counsel or counsel who recently changed industries. Womble Carlyle attorney Sonny Haynes will join a panel of in-house lawyers to discuss risk assessment and allocation at the 2016 ACC Annual Meeting.