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Wade M. Smith - Raleigh, NC

150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1900P.O. Box 1151 Raleigh, NC 27601

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Updated: 09/13/2019

Raleigh Criminal Law And Business Crimes Defense Lawyer


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...

About Wade M. Smith

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 2024 North Carolina list

Past Lists

  • 2023 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 North Carolina Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 North Carolina Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Wade M. Smith on Super Lawyers


  • 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
  • Best Lawyers, Bet the Company Litigation Section, 2014 - 2020
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense Section, 2007 - 2020
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-
  • Best Lawyers, Criminal Defense: White-Collar Section, 2007 - 2020

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Office Information


150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1900P.O. Box 1151 Raleigh, NC 27601


  • 919-829-1583

Accepts Credit Cards




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