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Immediate Past President

Caryn Coppedge McNeill

Immediate Past President




Caryn Coppedge McNeill of Raleigh served as the 123rd president of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2017-18.

She is a graduate of Davidson College and the Duke University School of Law. 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.

McNeill served as president-elect in 2016-17 and chaired the Audit & Finance Committee.

In addition to her bar association responsibilities, McNeill completed a two-year term as chair of the Ravenscroft School Board of Trustees in 2017. She joined the board of trustees in 2010 and was 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 Sewanee Parents’ Council.

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


Davidson College
Duke University School of Law


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Raleigh, NC 27602-2611
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