RALEIGH, North Carolina — Prominent attorney and Campbell University Board of Trustees Chair Benjamin N. Thompson was honored with the James Iredell Award on Wednesday, March 2, by Campbell Law School’s Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) law fraternity. A member of Campbell Law’s 1976 charter class and an integral member of the university community, Thompson received the award at a reception and dinner held at The City Club in downtown.
Thompson received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Campbell in 1976, and earned his Juris Doctor in 1979. In 1997, he joined Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton, LLP in Raleigh as a partner and chairman of the Litigation Practice Section. Prior to that, he practiced law in Harnett County for 18 years.
Thompson has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, representing government contracting, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and technology companies. He has been recognized in Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite, North Carolina Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America.
Thompson serves as the current chairman of the Campbell University Board of Trustees, as well as a valuable member (and former chair) of the Campbell Law Board of Visitors. During his tenure as chairman of the University Board of Trustees, Campbell has experienced considerable growth in its programs and facilities, which has included the opening of the School of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Nursing, Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy Programs, and the School of Engineering. Thompson also served as the chairman of the Presidential Search Committee for Campbell’s 5th President, selecting Dr. J. Bradley Creed to succeed Dr. Jerry Wallace. Based upon his professional achievements and his love and service of Campbell, he received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.
Since 1980 the James Iredell Award has been presented each year by Campbell Law’s PAD chapter to an individual who has made significant contributions to the legal profession and to Campbell Law.
The award, inspired by the life and writings of Justice James Iredell, the namesake of Campbell Law’s PAD chapter, honors the recipient’s accomplishments, tenacity and effort.