Attorney Gracie K. Paulson joins Roberts & Stevens Law Firm

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that attorney Gracie K. Paulson has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Paulson works with Roberts & Stevens focusing on property law; her clients include both buyers and sellers in commercial and residential transactions. Having previously practiced law in Georgia for nearly five years, Gracie initially joined the firm in 2019 as a real estate closing paralegal while working to obtain her North Carolina bar license.

Paulson graduated summa cum laude from Georgia College in 2010 with a BBA in Marketing. After graduating cum laude from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in 2014, Paulson had the honor of clerking for Judge Verda M. Colvin in Bibb County Superior Court, where she put to use her J.D. in advanced legal writing, research and drafting and gained experience in a variety of practice areas, both civil and criminal.

Paulson then joined private practice with a small firm in her hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia, where she focused on residential real estate law. While in Georgia, Paulson worked closely with buyers, sellers, real estate agents, and lenders in all aspects of real estate transactions, from contract review to closing, conducting an average of 15 residential closings per week.

Paulson came to know and love the culture and beauty of Western North Carolina through her husband, who is an Asheville native, and she is thrilled to finally call the area home.

Paulson joins a team of professionals with decades of experience in her chosen focus areas of real estate, development, land trusts, conservation, homeowners’ association, land use and zoning law. No matter the complexity, Roberts & Stevens delivers outstanding service and conscientious legal work performed by experienced and well-prepared lawyers who put their clients’ interests first. 

Roberts & Stevens is one of the largest law firms in Western North Carolina and serves clients across the state in a wide variety of industries, ranging from large corporations and governmental entities to family-owned companies, small businesses, and individuals. To learn more, visit www.roberts-stevens.com. 

Seven Roberts & Stevens attorneys selected for inclusion on 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers list

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that seven of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers from all across the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Attorneys selected to the 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers list are:

  • Vincent D. Childress, Jr.
  • William “Billy” Clarke
  • Jacqueline D. Grant
  • Ann-Patton Hornthal
  • Gregory Hutchins
  • Phillip T. Jackson
  • Wyatt S. Stevens

This year, Grant also received the honor of being selected for the prestigious “Top 100: 2021 North Carolina Super Lawyers” list.  Additionally, four Roberts & Stevens attorneys were selected to the 2021 North Carolina Rising Stars list. This category, eligible to candidates age 40 or younger or to those who have been practicing for 10 or fewer years, is given to no more than 2.5 percent of the eligible lawyers in the state. Individuals are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Attorneys selected to the 2021 North Carolina Rising Stars list are:

  • Mary Robinson Hervig
  • Kathryn M. Madison
  • John D. Noor
  • John W. Toth

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

Roberts & Stevens is one of the largest law firms in Western North Carolina and serves regional and national clients in 30 practice areas and industries. To learn more, visit www.roberts-stevens.com.

Three Roberts & Stevens attorneys recognized in Business North Carolina’s 2021 Legal Elite

(Asheville, N.C.)—Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys — Ann-Patton Hornthal, John D. Noor and Wyatt S. Stevens — have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. In addition, attorney William Clarke continues to be recognized in the list’s Hall of Fame for Environmental Law.

For two decades, Business North Carolina has invited active members of the N.C. State Bar to vote for their most-esteemed peers. Attorneys cannot vote for themselves or for members of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame, which is made up of top vote-getters of each category from previous years. This year, only 4 percent of the state’s 28,000 active attorneys were selected for Legal Elite recognition.

Ann-Patton Hornthal was recognized in both the Litigation and Appellate categories. A shareholder of Roberts & Stevens, Hornthal handles litigation and pre-litigation matters for commercial clients in complex trial, regulatory, and appellate matters in state and federal courts and licensing boards, with an emphasis on professional liability defense and commercial disputes. She has represented clients in healthcare, legal, manufacturing, alternative-energy, and law enforcement sectors and devotes a substantial portion of her practice to appellate work.

John D. Noor was recognized in both the Litigation and Young Guns categories. A litigation attorney who joined the firm in 2013, Noor focuses on environmental law, complex business litigation, governmental affairs, and public policy.

Roberts & Stevens partner Wyatt S. Stevens was also recognized in the Litigation category. With more than 25 years of experience in complex personal injury litigation and commercial litigation, Stevens has successfully represented individuals, businesses and organizations in state and federal courts throughout Western North Carolina, including dozens of complex jury trials, administrative hearings and appeals. His diverse clients include companies and individuals engaged in the recreational sports industry, manufacturing, insurance, telecommunications, trucking and tourism industries.

William “Billy” Clarke is a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame in the Environment category, having previously topped the list in 2012.

Business North Carolina magazine has honored Tar Heel lawyers in this way since 2002, giving the state’s lawyers the opportunity to support and recognize their peers. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite is the only award that gives every active lawyer in the state the opportunity to participate.

Roberts & Stevens is one of the largest law firms in Western North Carolina and serves regional and national clients in 30 practice areas and industries. To learn more, visit www.roberts-stevens.com.

Seeking Title Searcher

Asheville Law Firm with a thriving residential and commercial real estate practice seeks a full-time title searcher to join its team. Candidate must be a critical thinker with strong attention to detail, strong investigative, research and problem solving skills and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidate should have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and adapt well to change. Must possess strong organizational skills and be able to work independently but also be a team player. This role requires some travel to/from courthouses and tax offices as well as, on occasion, standing for long periods of time. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package offered.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Search for and verify titles
• Search real estate records
• Compile lists of mortgages, contracts and other instruments pertaining to titles
• Search, analyze and evaluate records relating to titles of homes, land and buildings
• Ensure that the title to a property in question has no restrictions that may prevent or hinder its sale or use
• Examine deeds, deeds of trust, liens, judgments, easements and plats/maps to determine ownership, encumbrances and to verify legal descriptions of
property
• Analyze chain of title and preparation of reports outlining title-related matters
• Read and draw large, complicated property descriptions and compare for accuracy from deed to deed in chain of title

For more information or to apply, please visit our Careers page.

Attorney David C. Hawisher joins Roberts & Stevens Law Firm

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that attorney David C. Hawisher has joined the firm. His focus is on appellate litigation, insurance defense and health care regulatory compliance.

Hawisher earned his undergraduate degree in religious studies in 2015 from the University of North Carolina, where he was an active member of the Dialectic and Philanthropic societies.   He then went on to graduate cum laude from the University of North Carolina School of Law. As a law student, Hawisher interned with the Tribal Court for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Judge Arrowood and then-Judge Davis of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He was also a staff member of the North Carolina Law Review from 2017 to 2018, and he represented indigent clients with UNC’s Youth Justice Clinic from 2018 to 2019.

David is incredibly bright, hardworking and diligent,” said Wyatt Stevens of Roberts & Stevens. With excellent research and writing skills, he is a welcome addition to our litigation team.

Hawisher joins a team of professionals with decades of experience in his focus areas of appellate litigation, insurance defense, health care regulatory compliance and beyond. No matter the complexity, Roberts & Stevens delivers outstanding service and conscientious legal work performed by experienced and well-prepared lawyers who put their clients’ interests first.

To learn more about the Insurance Defense, Medical Malpractice and Appellate Law teams at Roberts & Stevens, visit roberts-stevens.com/services. 

Roberts & Stevens is one of the largest law firms in Western North Carolina and serves clients across the state in a wide variety of industries, ranging from large corporations and governmental entities to family-owned companies, small businesses, and individuals. To learn more, visit www.roberts-stevens.com.