William Joseph Austin , Jr. - Ward and Smith, P.A.

William Joseph Austin , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Mr. Austin's practice experience encompasses all aspects of the employment relationship.  He has litigated employment and civil rights issues in federal and state courts.  Mr. Austin also represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Employment Security Commission, federal and state wage and hour divisions, and the North Carolina Industrial Commission.  He has served on numerous North Carolina Bar Association Councils including the Labor and Employment Council from 1992 to 1995; Workers' Compensation Council from 1996 to 1999; and Litigation Council from 2001 to 2004.  In addition, Mr. Austin edited The Course and Scope newsletter of the Workers' Compensation Section from 1995 to 1996 and The Litigator newsletter of the Litigation Section from 1999 to 2001.  He has litigated workers' compensation claims before the North Carolina Industrial Commission for more than 30 years, and has also been appointed as special counsel on issues dealing with workers' compensation in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  Mr. Austin is a frequent speaker and course planner for seminars on workers' compensation, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  He has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law.  Mr. Austin is certified in Employee Benefits Law by the Institute for Applied Management and Law.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillJ.D. 1978Duke UniversityMA 1978
American Bar AssociationJohnston Memorial Hospital FoundationNational Arbitration and Mediation Employment PanelNorth Carolina Association of Community College AttorneysNorth Carolina Bar Association — Sections: Constitutional Rights; Dispute Resolution; Education Law; Labor and Employment Law; Litigation; Workers' Compensation North Carolina Dispute Resolution CommissionUNC Law Foundation, Inc.* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions:

Office Location

Wade II, Suite 400
5430 Wade Park Boulevard
P.O. Box 33009
Raleigh, NC 27636-3009
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Workers' Compensation Law - Employers of the Raleigh Metro Area
William Joseph Austin, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Workers' Compensation Law - Employers