Samuel B. Franck

Samuel B. Franck

Ward and Smith, P.A.

Recognized since 2021

Wilmington, North Carolina

Practice Areas

Community Association Law

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Sam leads the Real Estate practice. His experience includes all aspects of commercial real estate and community association matters. He regularly assists commercial and residential developers in the acquisition, subdivision, development, zoning, and sale of real property, including the formation of complex, mixed-use planned communities, commercial and residential condominiums, and multi-tenant commercial projects.

Additionally, Sam represents purchasers and lenders with regard to the evaluation of failed and distressed real estate projects and the development of strategies to maximize value and limit liability in connection with those projects. He also assists developers in the preparation of planned community and condominium documents and represents condominium and community associations on a wide variety of legal matters, including transition issues, restatement and amendment of community documents, and resolution of community issues and disputes.

Sam is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law: Commercial Transactions.


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


  • College of William & Mary, J.D., graduated 2002

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2006
  • Virginia, 2002

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:

  • Community Association Law


  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Real Estate, 2018-2019
  • "Rising Star," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2013-2015

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