Roberts & Stevens Earns U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2021 “Best Law Firms” Metropolitan Tier 1 Rankings for Asheville

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that it has earned U.S. News – Best Lawyers© 2021 “Best Law Firms” Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings for Asheville in the following practice areas:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Litigation – Health Care
  • Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers© “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty.

The 2021 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting

Attorney Elizabeth Tramm Dechant Named as IWIRC 2020 Rising Star Award Semi-Finalist

The International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), the premier international, networking and professional growth organization for women in the restructuring and insolvency industries, announced the 2020 semi-finalists for its 10th Annual Rising Star Award. Roberts & Stevens attorney Elizabeth Tramm Dechant is one of five semi-finalists from around the world.

“I’m honored to be included in this group of impressive women,” says Dechant. “The recognition is particularly meaningful to me given that it comes from IWIRC. Through IWIRC I’ve met many women working in the bankruptcy and financial restructuring areas who have contributed to my development as a bankruptcy attorney.”

IWIRC connects women worldwide through a global membership of more than 1,500 attorneys, bankers, corporate-turnaround professionals, financial advisors and other restructuring practitioners. The organization established the Rising Star Award to recognize and honor members of IWIRC who are relatively new to the restructuring industry but have made a marked difference with their involvement and achievements in IWIRC at the local, national and/or international level. Dechant is a current member of the Carolinas Network of the IWIRC.

Dechant focuses her practice on creditor representations and aiding in the administration of individuals’ and businesses’ bankruptcies through her work with one of the local chapter 7 trustees and as a subchapter V trustee herself. She also represents individual creditors in bankruptcy cases. Now, more than ever, this work is important to our communities.

Roberts & Stevens attorney Lach Zemp Elected Board of Trustees Chair for Warren Wilson College

At its spring board meeting, the Warren Wilson College Board of Trustees elected Roberts & Stevens attorney Lach Zemp as its new chair. Zemp has been a member of the college’s board since 2015, and has previously served as chair of the Presidential Search Committee and vice-chair of the Board during his tenure

“Warren Wilson College holds a special place in the landscape of higher education, enhancing its excellent academic programs with hands-on work experience and an ethos and expectation of service to the community—all from its beautiful campus in the Swannanoa River valley,” said Zemp. “I could not be more pleased to work with President Lynn Morton and a diverse, talented, and national Board of Trustees as Warren Wilson College continues to strengthen its century-long legacy.”

Located in Swannanoa, North Carolina, Warren Wilson College is a private liberal arts college known for its curriculum that combines academics, work, and service. It was named one of the top 20 “Best Buy” colleges in the U.S. for 2021 by The Fiske Guide to Colleges. “Best Buy” schools are colleges and universities that, in the judgment of the editors, offer “outstanding educational value as determined by academic quality in relation to the net cost of attendance.” Warren Wilson is one of only 10 private colleges to make the list.

Warren Wilson College started as the Asheville Farm School in 1894 after its property, situated along the Swannanoa River, was purchased by the Women’s Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church in hopes of providing a proper education to Americans in isolated areas. In 1942, Asheville Farm School merged with the Dorland-Bell School in Hot Springs, N.C., to become Warren H. Wilson Vocational Junior College and Associated Schools. It was named after the late Warren H. Wilson, former superintendent of the Presbyterian Church’s Department of Church and Country Life. It remained a junior college until 1967, when it became a four-year college offering six majors. The school—now offering 44 areas of study—remains dedicated to a curriculum of “learning by doing.”

Zemp has 30 years of experience as an attorney, trying cases and representing a variety of professional, outdoor recreation, industry and business interests in state and federal courts.  He has developed expertise in crisis response and management as part of his representation of trucking companies, summer camps, zipline companies, whitewater rafting companies and a variety of other outdoor-based industries.

More information on Warren Wilson’s Board of Trustees can be found at

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

Fifteen Roberts & Stevens Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that 15 of its attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 Edition.

Additionally, five Roberts & Stevens lawyers have been named Best Lawyers 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in Asheville. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as “Lawyer of the Year.”

Attorneys selected for Best Lawyers 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for Asheville are:

Attorneys selected for inclusion in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America are:

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 94,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and they have received over 11 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 62,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Attorney Vincent D. Childress Jr. elected to NCBA Board of Governors

Roberts & Stevens attorney Vincent D. Childress Jr. was recently elected to the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors. Childress was one of seven members elected to the board during the 2020 annual meeting, held via web conference due to coronavirus restrictions. The NCBA is a statewide organization comprising more than 20,000 lawyers, paralegals and law students. NCBA board members serve a three-year term.

Childress has been practicing for more than 35 years in the areas of business and corporate law, trust and estate planning and probate, and healthcare law. Childress is active in the community, including work for the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and Pisgah Legal Services, from which he has received the Outstanding Pro Bono Services Award. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979) and UNC School of Law (1983).