Jenna Fruechtenicht Butler

Jenna Fruechtenicht Butler

Ward and Smith, P.A.

Recognized since 2010

Wilmington, North Carolina

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Securities

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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Jenna's practice experience encompasses various areas of civil litigation in both the federal and state courts and before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She advises clients and litigates cases involving all forms of commercial disputes, including contract breaches, business disputes, fraud, and securities litigation. Her practice also involves various forms of trusts and estates litigation, including will caveats, trust modification, and fiduciary duty litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Jenna practiced in Atlanta, Georgia, and from 1995 to 1996 served as law clerk to the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.


  • University Corporate Center
    127 Racine Drive
    P.O. Box 7068
    Wilmington, NC 28406-7068


  • Wake Forest University , J.D., graduated 1995
  • Wake Forest University, BA, graduated 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, Georgia, 1996
  • North Carolina, 1996


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  • •North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys - Member
  • •North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society - Member
  • American Bar Association - Sections: Litigation (member, Commercial and Business Litigation, Pretrial Practice and Discovery, Real Estate Litigation, Securities Litigation, and The Woman Advocate Committees); Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
  • Federal Bar Association - Member
  • Fifth Judicial District Bar Association - Past President
  • Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit - Member
  • New Hanover County Bar Association - Past President
  • North Carolina Bar Association - Sections: Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Law; Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law; Litigation

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • All state courts in Georgia
  • All state courts in North Carolina

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Ward and Smith, P.A.
Headquarters: New Bern, North Carolina

40 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

8 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Securities
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • COVID-19
  • Litigation


  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2011
  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, 2008-2009
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2019

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