Our Practice

Versatile, vetted, and veteran.

Founded in 1984, Bagwell Holt Smith P.A. has grown to be one of the most experienced and well-rounded law firms in the southeastern United States.

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Our commitment

As a full-service law firm, our client roster features national corporations, large and small businesses and individuals across a spectrum of practice areas which include residential and commercial real estate, civil litigation, family law, estate planning, business law, personal injury and community association law. Our journey has been guided by core values we have held from Day One:

  • Treat the clients’ interests as our own
  • Be proactive and thorough in all aspects of any legal process
  • Provide excellent value

Our offices

We operate out of offices in six cities in North Carolina and South Carolina, serving clients throughout the Carolinas. We are united across offices by a shared commitment to delivering the highest quality legal representation. Our goal is and has always been to establish long-term relationships based on trust, clear communication and mutual respect.

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A proven track record.

For almost 40 years, Bagwell Holt Smith P.A. has maintained an unshakeable commitment to providing legal representation of the highest order. It’s the reason we formed the firm, and the reason we’ve found success. We love what we do – we get to help people attain their needs, take care of their families and improve their lives.

Meet Our Team
Thomas R. Holt
Thomas R. Holt

Pennsylvania native Thomas R. Holt headed south, first to West Virginia to acquire a bachelor’s degree in Sociology before moving to Chapel Hill in…

Nathaniel “Nat” C. Smith
Nathaniel “Nat” C. Smith

Nathaniel “Nat” C. Smith heads up the firm’s civil litigation practice, handling serious personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, civil appeals and business, trust…

Jeffrey A. Jones
Jeffrey A. Jones

Chapel Hill native Jeffrey A. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1992 at UNC – Wilmington. Mr. Jones then attended Campbell…

Christopher A. Crowson
Christopher A. Crowson

Mr. Crowson hails from Durham and obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994. His next stop was…

John G. Miskey IV
John G. Miskey IV

A board-certified specialist in Family Law, Mr. Miskey leads the firm’s Family Law department. Mr. Miskey graduated summa cum laude from Niagara University, NY,…

Michael R. Ganley
Michael R. Ganley

Mr. Ganley leads the firm’s full-service, comprehensive community association practice, representing homeowners associations, townhome associations and condominium associations throughout North and South Carolina. Mr….

Lauren R. Nance
Lauren R. Nance

Mrs. Nance grew up in Mooresville and gained her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She went on to attend UNC’s…

O. Kenneth Bagwell Jr.
O. Kenneth Bagwell Jr.

Mr. Bagwell is the founder of the firm. He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UNC – Chapel Hill, and graduated from UNC’s…

Brittany N. Jones
Brittany N. Jones

Brittany N. Jones was born in Mooresville, North Carolina, and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2009 with her bachelor’s…

Emily Hurtt
Emily Hurtt

Emily Hurtt practices in the Firm’s Family Law group, providing strategic, transparent legal advice with a deep commitment to clear communication and fulfillment of…

Jason E. Spain
Jason E. Spain

Jason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Classical Studies in 2010 from NC State. The Henderson, NC…

Summer R. Rich
Summer R. Rich

Ms. Rich holds an AA degree from Darton College, and bachelor’s degree from Temple University in PA, where she was awarded the Norman J….

Alex Collette
Alex Collette

Kernersville export and Economics major Alex Collette graduated in 2014 from UNC-Chapel Hill. He went on to become a double Tar Heel, receiving his…

Joseph R. John, Jr.
Joseph R. John, Jr.

The Firm’s Real Estate team was bolstered by the addition of Mr. John in October, 2019. Mr. John earned his law degree from North…

Betsy Gold
Betsy Gold

Elizabeth “Betsy” Gold was born aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and was raised in a Marine Corps family. After moving around the world, she…

Zach Wilson
Zach Wilson

Zach Wilson practices in the firm’s Community Association, Landlord-Tenant, and Civil Litigation groups, primarily representing landlords, housing providers, homeowners associations, townhome associations and condominium…

Sara Barlowe
Sara Barlowe

Sara Barlowe is an associate attorney at Bagwell Holt Smith where she practices in the Firm’s Family Law department. Sara joined the Firm in…

McKenna N. Ronan
McKenna N. Ronan

McKenna N. Ronan was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in English Literature from Mercy College…

Ryan A. Prosise
Ryan A. Prosise

Ryan A. Prosise was born and raised in Canton, OH, attended Ohio State, earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance in 2016 and earned his…

Megan Phifer
Megan Phifer

A North Carolina native, Megan Phifer grew up in Wilmington. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she graduated summa cum…

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