When Betty Temple says Womble Bond Dickinson is the “Transatlantic law firm close to home,” the “close to home” matters just as much as the “transatlantic.”  Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys value the firm’s deep community roots and nowhere is that truer than in the North Carolina Triad, where the firm opened in Winston-Salem in 1876.

Today, Womble Bond Dickinson Chair and CEO Betty Temple has been honored as one of the Triad’s Most Admired CEOs by the Triad Business Journal. She joins 13 other local leaders from a broad range of industry sectors honored in this year’s class.

According to Triad Business Journal Editor-in-Chief Lloyd Whittington, the Triad’s Most Admired CEOs Awards “put the spotlight on CEOs who deserve recognition for leading companies and organizations that make a difference daily in this region.” Click here for a slideshow on all the award winners.

Under Temple’s leadership, US firm Womble Carlyle combined with leading UK firm Bond Dickinson to create Womble Bond Dickinson. The combination took effect Nov. 1, 2017, and created a transatlantic law firm of more than 1,000 lawyers in 26 offices from Aberdeen to Atlanta. In addition, Temple has led the firm’s expansion into Boston, Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif. 

But Womble Bond Dickinson remains a strong and positive presence in the Triad and throughout North Carolina. For example, the firm recently won the Largest Overall Contributor Award in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Legal Feeding Frenzy campaign for the fifth consecutive year. The 2018 Legal Feeding Frenzy campaign raised a total of 373,000 pounds of food for the state’s neediest citizens. In the Triad, these efforts will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.

In addition, the firm partnered with the American Heart Association to present the 2017 Healthy Heart Champions Awards. The firm also is a sponsor of the Winston-Salem Heart Ball and supports many other charities and causes in the Greensboro and Winston-Salem areas.

Temple and the other Triad’s Most Admired CEOs will be honored at a July 26 ceremony at the Congdon School of Health Sciences and Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy at High Point University. 

Betty Temple