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Caryn Coppedge McNeill





Caryn Coppedge McNeill of Raleigh is the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association. She has practiced her entire career with Smith Anderson, where she leads the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group.

McNeill has an extensive record of service within the NCBA. She served as chair of the Young Lawyers Division in 1999-2000 and is also a former division director and ABA YLD District 9 representative. She served of the NCBA Board of Governors in 2001-02, is a former member of the Tax Section council, founding co-chair of the 4ALL Task Force (now 4ALL Statewide Service Day Committee), and previously chaired the Lawyer Effectiveness & Quality of Life Committee and the Pro Bono Strategic Planning Task Force.

In addition to her bar association responsibilities, McNeill is completing her first year as chair of the Ravenscroft School Board of Trustees. She joined the board of trustees in 2010 and is the first woman to serve as its chair in the school’s 156-year history.

McNeill has also served as vice president and executive committee member of the Carolinas Chapter of The ESOP Association, and is a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, the Triangle Benefits Forum and the Montreat President’s Council.

McNeill and her husband John have three children, Johnny, an entering freshman soccer player at Sewanee: The University of the South, and Alex and Jane, both students at Ravenscroft School.

In addition to serving as president-elect in 2016-17, McNeill will chair the Audit & Finance Committee of the NCBA and the NCBA Foundation.  


Davidson College
Duke University School of Law


Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP
PO Box 2611
Raleigh, NC 27602-2611
Phone: (919) 821-6746