2016 has been a banner year for Womble Carlyle attorney Bill Womble, Jr. The long-time litigator received North Carolina’s highest civic honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, in February. Then, in April, the North Carolina Bar Association’s Litigation Section honored Womble with the Advocate’s Award, the Section’s top honor.

Womble recently discussed his career and the legal profession with Triad Business Journal reporter Owen Covington. Some of Womble’s comments included:

What attracted him to litigation?: “The clients, the cases, the opportunities to work to help people be able to express what they believe, and to convey that to a jury. Every single case is a new case, every witness is different from the other, and you never can know exactly what they're going to say.”

How does North Carolina stand out as a legal venue?: “You get the facts before the jury and the law before the judge, and the two put the case together, and come up with the verdict. I find it a very exciting system. It's the best in the world. North Carolina is one of the best places to do that.”

What are some of the biggest changes you seen in your firm, and the legal system?: “That's sort of like asking what's changed in the world. Every day you go into trial, it's different from what it was before…We have lawyers here who are top notch, young lawyers that are superb. All of them face new challenges every single day.”