WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer, affecting 1,265,000 Americans annually. Fortunately, many causes of heart disease are treatable and preventable, and the American Heart Association (AHA) is leading the healthy heart effort.

With that in mind, the AHA and Womble Carlyle are launching the “Lawyers Have Heart, Too” campaign to emphasize the importance of health and fitness across the legal industry and to create healthier lives in Forsyth County. Womble Carlyle Winston-Salem Office Managing Partner Bill Whitehurst is serving as Event Chair of the 2017 Winston-Salem Heart Ball and leads the “Lawyers Have Heart, Too Campaign.”

The campaign is seeking personal support from all attorneys and law firms in Forsyth County, with a goal of raising $50,000 for the AHA. Supporters will be recognized at the 2017 Winston-Salem Heart Ball, which takes place Friday, April 28.

“The legal community here in Forsyth County has a history of being extraordinarily generous, particularly in matters of public health,” Whitehurst said. “I have no doubt that once again, our local attorneys and firms will step up and show why lawyers have heart.”

 About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit

About Womble Carlyle

Womble Carlyle is a 550-attorney law firm that corporate clients rely on to provide core legal services, such as Complex Business Litigation, Mass Torts, Intellectual Property, Corporate & Securities, Finance and Real Estate.

Our focus is the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Silicon Valley markets, and from this footprint, we serve clients in matters across the country and across the world. Clients trust us because we understand their businesses, focus on their successes, demonstrate a commitment to help, and deliver value for their dollars they spend on us. 

Womble Carlyle has a transatlantic alliance with leading UK firm Bond Dickinson to provide clients with domestic legal, regulatory and business advice in both the US and UK. Thanks to Womble Carlyle’s partnership with Lex Mundi, the world’s largest association of independent law firms, we also can offer clients access to quality-tested local counsel in more than 120 countries. Lex Mundi provides seamless access to local attorneys and market knowledge throughout the globe.

Womble Carlyle’s offices are located in: Atlanta; Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, S.C.; Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Silicon Valley, Calif., Washington, D.C.; Charlottesville and Tysons Corner, Va.; Baltimore; and Wilmington, Del.