Steven B. "Steve" Long

Steven B. "Steve" Long

Ward and Smith, P.A.

Recognized since 2010

Raleigh, North Carolina

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Tax Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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Steve Long leads the firm's Tax and Employee Benefits practice. He has extensive experience working with employers in banking, retail, and technology to establish and maintain retirement plans, executive compensation agreements, stock incentive plans and other employee benefits. Steve also advises charities and other tax-exempt organizations regarding their IRC 403(b) and IRC 457 retirement plans, as well as issues related to compliance with Internal Revenue Service and state regulations concerning executive compensation, fundraising and lobbying activities. Additionally, he counsels business owners and individuals in retirement and estate planning.

Contact & Links
  • 751 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 300
    P.O. Box 33009
    Raleigh, NC 27636-3009
  • Georgetown University, LL.M, graduated 1997
  • Georgetown University, J.D., graduated 1991
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., graduated 1982
  • A.E. Finley YMCA - Advisory Board Member 2003-2006
  • Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc. - Board of Directors, 2012-2017
  • Caramore Vocational Rehabilitation Center - Board of Directors, 1998-2004
  • North Carolina Bar Association Tax Section - Chairman, 2008-2009
  • Raleigh Hall of Fame - Board of Directors, 2010-2013
  • Shepherds Theological Seminary - Board of Directors, 2005-2013
  • Triangle Benefits Forum - President, 2009-2010
  • University of North Carolina Board of Governors - Board Member 2013-2021

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

44 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

7 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Raleigh (2019)
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Raleigh (2017)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Tax Law
Special Focus:
  • COVID-19
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, Tax/Estate Planning, 2006-2007, 2009-2011, 2018, 2022-2023

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2010-2019; Tax Law 2013-2019
  • "Legal Elite," Business North Carolina, 2006-2007, 2009-2011, and 2018
  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2010-2021
  • "2019 Lawyer of the Year," Best Lawyers
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation

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