Ward Davis

227 W Trade St
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Ward Davis

Ward Davis focuses his practice primarily on various types of business and construction litigation.

Ward joined Bell, Davis & Pitt in 2003 to help the firm open its Charlotte office. He began his career in South Carolina before moving to Charlotte in 2000. 

Licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina, Ward regularly advises and represents clients in both states. He practices in the state and federal courts of North Carolina and South Carolina, including the North Carolina Business Court, and is also a certified mediator in North Carolina. Ward represents clients in cases involving:

  • Trade secrets and unfair competition
  • Construction defects
  • Professional negligence
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Insurance coverage 
  • Breaches of contract

Ward’s trade secret and unfair competition practice often involves competing businesses and covenants not to compete or non-solicitation agreements. Many of these cases are filed in the North Carolina Business Court, where Ward generally has multiple cases pending at any given time. In his construction practice, Ward often represents design professionals or contractors in complex construction litigation. He also regularly defends fellow members of the bar against legal malpractice claims.

Ward is active in the bar and the Charlotte community. He is Past Chair of the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund Advisory Board and Past President of the Bobbitt Inn of Court, and also serves on the board of directors of Community Link and the Charlotte Community Board for Lawyers Mutual Insurance, and is an active elder at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.

Ward grew up in Winston-Salem, where he attended R.J. Reynolds High School. He subsequently majored in history and earned his teaching certification at Davidson College, where he played football and met his wife, Sally. Before entering law school at the University of North Carolina, Ward taught History and English and coached football and basketball at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, South Carolina. Ward and Sally have two children who keep them grounded and on their toes. Away from the office, he enjoys the outdoors, including fishing and time with his extended family on the Pamlico River in eastern North Carolina. Ward is also an avid runner, and (very) amateur cook and golfer.


Davidson College (B.A., 1994)

University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D., 1999)

Bar & Court Admittance

South Carolina 1999

North Carolina 2001

Professional & Community Activities

Past Chair, Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund Advisory Board

Board member, Community Link

Past President, Bobbitt Inn of Court

Thompson Child and Family Services (Regional NC Council)

Charlotte Community Board, Lawyer Mutual Insurance 

Rest Haven Sunday School

First Presbyterian Church (Elder and Deacon)

NCBA Peer Mediation Task Force

Wills for Heroes Foundation

Lawyers Teaching Justice


The Best Lawyers In America ® Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial, Litigation, Litigation-Banking and Finance, Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Insurance, Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants (2023)

The Best Lawyers in America® in Appellate Practice in Charlotte (2023) ("Lawyer of the Year")

North Carolina Legal Elite, Construction (2016, 2018).  Named Legal Elite Category Winner in Litigation for 2018.

North Carolina Super Lawyers, Litigation (2009 - 2012, 2014, 2017-2019)

North Carolina Legal Elite Young Guns (2009)

Best Lawyers in America® (2013-2020)

Top 100 Super Lawyers in North Carolina (2017 - 2018)

Top 25 Super Lawyers in Charlotte, NC (2018)

Best Lawyers in America® - Lawyer of the Year (2013) in Charlotte Appellate Practice

AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell