Our attorneys are certified by the N.C. State Bar as specialists in Family Law
No two family law cases are alike because no two families are alike. No matter the size of your estate, your income or your circumstances, it is important that you review your particular situation with an attorney who understands family law.
We are equipped to help you navigate the difficult issues of separation and divorce. We limit our practice to family law, and our attorneys are knowledgeable in the details of complex financial issues and high conflict custody matters.
We practice in the following areas of law:
-Alienation of Affection and Criminal Conversation
-Mediation and Arbitration
To schedule a consultation call 919-665-1990 or send us an email at [email protected]
790 S.E. Cary Parkway, Suite 203
Cary NC 27511
Linda K. Ward is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in family law. She also has completed training in family law mediation and arbitration and is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a family financial mediator. She is a member of the Wake County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association.
Linda completed her undergraduate degrees in history and education at 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 in the Catawba County and Wake County Public School Systems. Linda received her law degree magna cum laude from the evening program at North Carolina Central University School of Law.
Linda has devoted her entire legal career to the practice of family law. Linda has extensive trial, mediation and arbitration experience and prides herself on being a creative and solutions-oriented lawyer.
Linda was named as a "Legal Elite" in Family Law by Business North Carolina in 2013. She has also been honored in the category of "Best Attorney" by Cary Magazine for the past four years (2011; 2012 (Honorable Mention); 2013; and 2014).
Linda strives to maintain a high level of competence in her field, and she has spoken on a variety of family law issues and has written numerous articles on family law topics.
Sasha Carswell Bocock began her legal career with the firm as an attorney in 2006 after graduating with honors from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Sasha had a brief absence from our firm when she and her family relocated to Greenville, North Carolina, where her husband attended Brody School of Medicine. While in Greenville, Sasha opened her own law firm, where she devoted her practice to family law. Sasha and her family recently returned to the Triangle, and Sasha rejoined Ward Family Law Group in July, 2014. From her prior experiences here in the Triangle as well as her practice in Greenville, Sasha has extensive knowledge and expertise in all family law matters.
While in law school, Sasha was a member of the National Trial Advocacy Team and also was awarded First Place in the prestigious Willie Gary 3L Trial Advocacy Competition at North Carolina Central School of Law. Sasha has continued to sharpen her trial advocacy skills over the past eight years of her family law practice, and she is a respected and effective litigator. In addition to her skills as a litigator, a considerable part of Sasha's practice is devoted to helping clients resolve their disputes outside of court through negotiation, mediation or arbitration. In 2012, Sasha authored the article, A Closer Look at Underwood v. Underwood; Lessons in Drafting Non-Modifiable Support Provisions in Consent Judgments in Family Forum, published by the Family Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Prior to attending law school, Sasha completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and worked as an investigator in the Child Protective Services division of the Lincoln County Department of Social Services. It was Sasha's experience at the Department of Social Services that led her to return to law school so that she could become an advocate for families. Sasha's background with child protective services makes her especially equipped to handle high-conflict custody cases and other matters where there are allegations of abuse and neglect of children.
Phillip Cowan is an experienced litigator, who has tried hundreds of cases in Wake County District and Superior Courts. As a former prosecutor for almost a decade, Phillip has handled cases ranging from domestic violence, assaults and murder to sophisticated white collar crime involving complex financial issues. As a lifelong North Carolinian, Phillip attended North Carolina State University and earned a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Finance. After graduation, he attended North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he served as the President of the Trial Advocacy Board. His practice areas with the firm include domestic violence, equitable distribution, child custody, child support, and spousal support matters.
Laura C. Manfreda is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in family law. Laura has extensive knowledge in child custody, child support, equitable distribution, domestic violence and spousal support matters, and significant trial experience in the District and Superior Courts of North Carolina.
Laura is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association-Family Law Section and the Wake County Bar Association. Laura earned her undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her law degree from North Carolina Central University. While in law school, Laura was a member of the school's Trial Advocacy Team and was selected to serve as a summer intern for the Honorable Graham C. Mullen, the former Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Prior to joining Ward Family Law Group, Laura practiced family law in Charlotte for six years.
Laura enjoys presenting at seminars about family law issues. She was a guest speaker at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Magic Mountain Paralegal Conference in Asheville, North Carolina in 2012 and a guest speaker for the Cary Chamber of Commerce in 2015.
Laura understands that the process of divorce can be one of the most emotional times in a person's life, and that each client is seeking an advocate who will listen and effectively protect his or her interests. As such, Laura strives to be a superior advocate and listener for each of her clients both inside and outside of a courtroom.