Janet Ward Black is the principal owner of the personal injury law firm, Ward Black Law located in Greensboro. The 36-person firm is one of the largest woman-owned law firms in our state. Ward Black Law has represented over a thousand clients in the past 4 years with client settlements of over 34 million dollars.* Ward Black Law represents people in personal injury, workers’ compensation and defective product actions.
A graduate of Davidson College cum laude in economics and Duke Law School, Black served as 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.
The program she created while president of the 16,000 member Bar Association, “4 ALL,” has been used as a model in the United States and Canada for providing free legal services to the poor.
Black is a frequent lawyer educator and motivational speaker. She is a Trustee Emeritus of Hood Theological Seminary and has served on many non-profit boards and on many international mission trips. She received the North Carolina State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the Charles Murphy Award for public service by Duke Law School in 2010. Black has been named in North Carolina Super Lawyers, North Carolina’s Legal Elite and The Best Lawyers in America. She also retains an AVVO rating of 10, which is the highest rating that can be achieved. Black is a member of the Women’s Presidents Association and C12 Christian CEOs and Business Owners’ Group.
Attorney, Ward Black Law, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2006 – present Attorney, Donaldson & Black, P.A., Greensboro, North Carolina, 1992 – 2006 Wallace Whitley Pope & Black, Salisbury, North Carolina, 1989 – 1992 Assistant District Attorney for Cabarrus and Rowan Counties, 1985 – 1988
Native of Kannapolis, North Carolina 1982 Graduate of Davidson Collegecum laude in Economics
Lunsford Richardson Honors Scholar
Charles A. Cannon Scholar in Chemistry and Economics
Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society 1985 Graduate of Duke University School of Law
Recipient of Woman of Justice Award, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2012
Recipient of the Athena Award, Partnership Greensboro 2012
Recipient of Duke Law School Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service 2010
Recipient of the North Carolina Bar Distinguished Service Award 2010
Recipient of “Women in Business” Award, The Business Journal, 2009
Named a “Woman of Achievement” by General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina 2007
Named in North Carolina “Superlawyers” by Law & Politics Magazine 2006 - 2017 including one of the top 50 women attorneys in North Carolina 2006-2015
Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers 2010, 2011
Rated with a AV Preeminent Rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s American Registry of Lawyers (20 years)
Named in“North Carolina Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina 2007, 2010
Named in “Best Lawyers in America” 2007-2017
Named a “2008 Impact Law Leader” by Triad Business Leader Magazine 1980 Miss North Carolina and recipient of Grand Talent Award at 1981 Miss America Pageant
Recipient of N.C. Jaycees Award of Excellence, 1980
Recipient of “Outstanding Community Leaders of America” – 1987
Ward Black Law listed in “Best Law Firms in America” by U.S. News & World Report 2010-2016 Motivational speaker to over fifty civic, community and youth organizations since 1985 Girls’ State Speaker on the Judiciary and Law as a Profession for Women since 1989 Continuing Legal Education speaker since 1989 for North Carolina Bar Association, Wake Forest University, and North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers