Ted Edwards promotes new initiatives to serve local community
RALEIGH, N.C. – Ted Edwards, an attorney from the Raleigh office of Smith Moore Leatherwood, will begin his term as president of the Wake County Bar Association on Jan. 1, 2012. Edwards is a construction counselor and litigator with the firm.
The theme for Edwards' presidency is "A Call to Serve." Leaders of the Wake County Bar Association are encouraging attorneys in Wake County to serve the community in a variety of ways. Some of the initiatives for the attorneys include: becoming more involved with Legal Aid and accepting pro-bono cases, participating in a joint program with Campbell Law School to handle Legal Aid cases, volunteering at local service days to support community-based programs and establishing mentor opportunities for experienced attorneys to provide guidance to younger attorneys.
"Ted is known within our firm and within our community for his long-term commitment to providing outstanding public service," said David Otterson, managing partner of the firm's Raleigh office. "We feel confident that Ted will excel as president, and we congratulate him on this achievement."
Edwards focuses his practice on providing counsel to owners, engineers and contractors regarding construction project administration and construction litigation. He received the Citizen Lawyer award in 2011 and the William L. Thorpe Pro Bono Attorney Award in 2006 both from the N.C. Bar Association. He has also been selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in the North Carolina Super Lawyers – Rising Stars edition in 2009, was recognized by Business North Carolina as Legal Elite in 2008 and 2009, and received the top "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Edwards has also served as the past president of the African-American Real Estate Professionals of North Carolina, the past president of the Construction Professionals Network of North Carolina and past chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the N.C. Bar Association. He is on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity and a founding member of United Minority Contractors of North Carolina.
He graduated from Duke University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Sociology. He received his law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1994.