Smith, Wade M.

150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1800P.O. Box 1151Raleigh, NC 27602


Updated: 08/21/2017


Wade Smith has been one of North Carolina's best known and most acclaimed lawyers for nearly 50 years. His trials are recounted in books, magazines and journals. A renowned story teller, Wade insists that within each case there is a compelling story waiting to be told. In seminars and bar meetings Wade has shared the art of story telling. His cases offer a fine collection of North Carolina Courtroom lore. In 1979, Wade served as counsel to Dr. Jeffrey McDonald in the much studied and...


Office Info

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law And Business Crimes Defense
  • Litigation
  • Governmental And Regulatory Law
  • Appeals
  • Licensing Boards Discipline
  • Election Law And Redistricting

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney


Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1963
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1968

Other Affiliations

  • Wake County Bar Association, - 1988 (Past President)
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Member)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers (Fellow)
  • International Society of Barristers (Fellow)


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1963
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Major: English

Past Positions

  • North Carolina Supreme Court Justice, Carlisle W. Higgins, Clerk, 1963 - 1964
  • Wake County Superior Court, Prosecutor, 1964 - 1966


Other Sources of Feedback About Wade M. Smith

Included on the 2018North Carolina list

Past Lists

  • 2017North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2016North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2015North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2014North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2013North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2012North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2011North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2010North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2009North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2008North Carolina Super Lawyers list
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  • Top 100 Lawyers selected by North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2015
  • Top 10 Lawyers selected by North Carolina Super Lawyers , 2006 - 2010
  • Award for 25 years in Best Lawyers in America, - 2009
  • One of North Carolina's Top 10 Lawyers by Charlotte Magazine's Super Lawyers Section, - 2009
  • H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award, - 2008
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers , 2006 - 2015
  • #1 Criminal Lawyer in North Carolina by Business North Carolina Magazine, - 2004
  • Non-White-Collar & White-Collar Criminal Defense sections of Best Lawyers of America®, 1983 - 2018
  • Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" Hall of Fame
  • Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism Award
  • Top 10 Lawyers selected by North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2014
  • Top 25 Raleigh Super Lawyers™ , 2013 - 2015
  • North Carolina Bar Association established the annual Wade M. Smith award "for a Criminal Defense Attorney Who Exemplifies the Highest Ideals of the Profession", - 2008
  • Wake County Bar Association, Joseph Branch Professionalism Award, - 1998
  • University of North Carolina, Distinguished Service Medal winner, - 1989
  • Judge John J. Parker Memorial Award, North Carolina Bar Association, 2015 - Present

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Office Information


150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1800P.O. Box 1151Raleigh, NC 27602


  • 919-829-1583


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150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1800P.O. Box 1151Raleigh, NC 27602