Linda K. Ward
Linda has devoted her entire legal career to helping families in crisis solve often difficult and deeply personal issues. She only practices family law. While Linda does have extensive trial experience, she is a firm believer that court is the last place a family law case should be resolved and prides herself on being a creative and solutions-oriented lawyer.
Linda holds undergraduate degrees in history and education from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, where she graduated with distinction as a university scholar. Prior to practicing law, Linda was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and taught high school history during the day and studied law at night. Linda received her law degree magna cum laude from the evening program at North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1998, where she was active with the Trial Advocacy Team, Moot Court Team, and was Assistant Associate Editor of the North Carolina Central Law Journal.
Throughout her legal career, Linda has strived to maintain a high level of competence in her field in order to provide the best services to her clients. Linda is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Family Law Specialist. She has also had extensive training and experience in arbitration and mediation, and she is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a Family Financial Mediator. She has been trained and is available to serve as a Parenting Coordinator in high-conflict custody cases. Additionally, Linda has written numerous family law articles and has presented at various continuing legal education seminars over the past twenty years on important family law topics, including complexities of dividing retirement assets in property distributions, tax and financial implications of divorce, evidentiary privileges, ethics in mediation and other professional responsibility topics.
Linda is a member of the Wake County Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and currently serves on the North Carolina Bar Foundation’s Civic Education and Community Engagement Committee.
Linda was named as a “Legal Elite” in Family Law by Business North Carolina in 2013 and 2023 and was honored by the readers of Cary Magazine in the category of “Best Attorney” in 2011, 2012 (Honorable Mention), 2013, and 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (Honorable Mention), and 2019 (Honorable Mention). She has expanded her practice beyond Western Wake and was named best family law firm in 2020 and 2021 and best attorney in 2023 and 2024 by Wake Living Magazine. Ward Family Law Group was also named as a Best Law Firm by US News and World Report in 2023.
Linda’s commitment to the legal profession doesn’t end at the office. Linda has coached mock trial teams, served as a judge for local mock trial competitions, has spoken at school career day fairs, and even taught a mock trial class for middle school students for five years.
Linda is proud of her work with the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club, where she has been a member for over twenty years and has served in a number of leadership roles, including serving as the club’s president. For eleven summers, Linda also hosted teenagers from the Rotary cottage of the Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw for a “legal day” at the courthouse.
Linda is proud to be a lawyer and she is ready to help those in need.
Linda finds that family law is a unique area of law where a lawyer can help her clients move on to the next chapter of their lives with creative, individualized solutions that meet the family’s needs.
Outside of her work, Linda enjoys spending time with her husband and their children. She loves to cook, travel, and is a huge fan of Formula 1 racing.
How Clients Describe Linda
Linda is so knowledgeable of the law and was wonderful to work with. Her attention to detail is impeccable. She is reasonable with her expectations and is able to explain everything thoroughly in a way that is easy to understand. Linda and her team locked arms with me from start to finish and I cannot imagine going through such a stressful time with anyone else.
Retirement Assets in Equitable Distribution: A Primer for The Family Law Practitioner
Evaluating Income, Debt and Assets in Complex Family Law Litigation (2012)
Grandma and Grandpa are Getting Divorced! Challenges of a “Golden Years” Divorce
2011 North Carolina Family Law Specialist Annual Meeting (2011)
Living in the Proverbial Hell: Justiciable Claims Parties “May” Have Against Each Other Prior to Separation: The Legalities and Realities – What’s Love Gotta Do With It?
2010 North Carolina Family Law Specialist Annual Meeting (2010)
Professional Responsibility: Ethical Considerations in the Mediation Process
North Carolina Advocates for Justice Family Law and Mediation (2008)
2007 Family Law: Wake Forest University School of Law CLE Publication (2007)
Practical Evidence 2006: Wake Forest University School of Law Continuing Education (2006)
Divisible Property and Distribution of Marital Assets Including New Factors Concerning the Effect of Death and Tax Consequences
Equitable Distribution 2006: Wake Forest University School of Law (2006)
Tax and Financial Implications of Divorce: “The Nuts and Bolts”
Family Law Practitioner -Nuts and Bolts of Divorce (Lorman) (2005)
Practical Evidence 2003: Wake Forest University School of Law CLE Publication (2003)
North Carolina Family Law Caselaw Update 2003
Family Law 2003: North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (2003)