Wade Smith

Wade Smith

Tharrington Smith
  • Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate
  • North Carolina
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Summary

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 discussed Green Beret Murder case. Most recently he was lead counsel for Collin Finnerty, one of three young men accused in the Duke Lacrosse Case. To commemorate the body of work Wade has completed, the North Carolina Bar Association established in the spring of 2008 the annual Wade M. Smith award “for a Criminal Defense Attorney Who Exemplifies the Highest Ideals of the Profession.” In summer, 2008, the North Carolina Bar Association presented Wade with the H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award which annually goes to “an attorney whose trustworthiness, respectful and courteous treatment of all people, enthusiasm for intellectual achievement and commitment to excellence in work and service to the profession and community, inspires others.” In Summer, 2009, Wade will be honored along with other lawyers from across America by Best Lawyers in America. This honor recognizes him for being chosen 25 years in succession for inclusion in the publication, Best Lawyers in America. In 2004 Wade was named by Business North Carolina Magazine as North Carolina’s number one criminal lawyer. This selection was based on a vote by his fellow lawyers. He is now a member of Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” Hall of Fame. In 2009 Wade was named by Charlotte Magazine’s Super Lawyers Section as one of North Carolina’s Top Ten Lawyers. Wade was born in 1937 in Albemarle, North Carolina. His mother and father were textile workers, having barely survived the Great Depression

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
Additional Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Governmental And Regulatory Law
  • Licensing Boards Discipline
  • Election Law And Redistricting
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Founder
Tharrington Smith
- Current
Prosecutor
Wake County Superior Court
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Clerk
North Carolina Supreme Court Justice, Carlisle W. Higgins
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Education
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
A.B. / English
Honors: Membership in the University’s highest honorary, The Golden Fleece. Morehead Scholarship Recipient.
Activities: One of the captains of the football team and winning many honors as an athlete
University of North Carolina School of Law
J.D. (1963)
Awards
Best Lawyer, Criminal Defense: White Collar and Criminal Defense
Best Lawyers in America
Super Lawyer
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Judge John J. Parker Memorial Award
North Carolina Bar Association
Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism Award
Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism
Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense, White Collar
Best Lawyers in America
25 years in Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers in America
Established the annual Wade M. Smith award “for a Criminal Defense Attorney Who Exemplifies the Highest Ideals of the Profession”
North Carolina Bar Association
H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award
North Carolina Bar Association
#1 Criminal Lawyer in North Carolina
Business North Carolina magazine
Joseph Branch Professionalism Award
Wake County Bar Association
Distinguished Service Medal
University of North Carolina
Listed in Super Lawyers North Carolina since 2006
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Top 100 List North Carolina Super Lawyers® since 2006
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Top 10 North Carolina Super Lawyers® List, 2006-2010, 2012-2014
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Top 25 Raleigh Super Lawyers® List 2013, 2014
North Carolina Super Lawyers
Selected for inclusion in the Bet-The-Company Litigation, Non-White-Collar, & White-Collar Criminal Defense sections of Best Lawyers of America® - Since 1983
Best Lawyers of America®
Lawyer of the Year, Criminal Defense Non-White Collar, 2010, 2014
Best Lawyers in America
Legal Elite Hall of Fame
Business North Carolina magazine
Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
Member
Current
North Carolina Bar Association
Member
Current
American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow
Current
American Board of Criminal Lawyers
Fellow
Current
International Society Of Barristers
Fellow
Current
North Carolina Democratic Party
Chair
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North Carolina House of Representatives (2 elections)
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
“Is that Legal or Should I Plead the Fifth?”
Websites & Blogs
Website
Social Media
Contact & Map
Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville Street, Suite 1800
P.O. Box 1151
Raleigh, NC 27602
USA
Telephone: (919) 821-4711