Entry-Level Business Transactional Associate

Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis, P.A. is seeking a transactional business associate to join its Business Practice Group in Van Winkle’s Asheville office. Newly admitted attorneys, as well as those with 1-2 years of experience are welcome to apply. The ideal candidate will have some relevant transactional experience (including entity selection and formation, contract drafting, and/or mergers and acquisitions), as well as exceptional research and writing skills, the ability to interpret and analyze complex transactions, a desire to build and grow their practice with the firm, and the capacity to work both independently and collaboratively. We offer an excellent benefits package and competitive salary, commensurate with experience. A JD from a top-tier ABA approved law school and admittance to the North Carolina Bar are required. All inquiries and applications will be kept in confidence.

Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis, P.A. is committed to advancing, cultivating and preserving an organizational culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a workplace where our employees, clients and business partners can thrive. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer providing all employees and applicants with a workplace free from discrimination or harassment and with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation will not be tolerated in any of the Firm’s offices or any other work-related setting. Qualified individuals with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for a position or to enable them to perform the essential functions of a position for which they are otherwise qualified. If you need an accommodation or need to discuss your situation, please contact the Chief Operating Officer.

Job Type: Full-time

Contact:

careers@vwlawfirm.com

Experienced Business Transactional Associate

Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis, P.A. is seeking an experienced transactional business associate to join its Business Practice Group in Van Winkle’s Asheville office (remote work schedule available for excellent candidates, if needed). Qualified candidates will have 4-6 years of general corporate experience. The ideal candidate will have high level transactional experience (including negotiating and drafting acquisition, joint venture and other corporate transactional documents), as well as exceptional project management, research and writing skills, the ability to interpret and analyze complex transactions, a desire to grow their practice with the firm, and the capacity to work both independently and collaboratively. We offer an excellent benefits package and competitive salary, commensurate with experience. A JD from a top-tier ABA approved law school and admittance to the North Carolina Bar (or eligibility to waive in) are required. All inquiries and applications will be kept in confidence.

Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis, P.A. is committed to advancing, cultivating and preserving an organizational culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a workplace where our employees, clients and business partners can thrive. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer providing all employees and applicants with a workplace free from discrimination or harassment and with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation will not be tolerated in any of the Firm’s offices or any other work-related setting. Qualified individuals with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for a position or to enable them to perform the essential functions of a position for which they are otherwise qualified. If you need an accommodation or need to discuss your situation, please contact the Chief Operating Officer.

Job Type: Full-time

Contact:

careers@vwlawfirm.com

Trusts and Estates Paralegal – Asheville, NC

The Van Winkle Law Firm is seeking a full-time Estate Administration Paralegal to join our Trusts & Estates practice in our Asheville, NC office. This position provides support in a fast paced, dynamic environment. Compensation is dependent on experience and skill set.
Duties include:
• Preparation of deeds and related documents for the transfer or real property title
• Preparation of Estate and Gift Tax Returns
• Prepare forms for incoming and outgoing court papers and to document specific actions required for legal proceedings and/or personal or Firm requirements
• Prepare correspondence including routine pleadings, letters, memos, estate qualification and various other documents and forms
• Manage deed processing, transfer, and funding of assets
• Be a primary contact for Firm Clients
• Maintain positive contact with clients and observe confidentiality of client matters

Qualifications for this position include:
• Paralegal or Trusts & Estates experience preferred
• Paralegal certification or advanced skills / education is a plus
• Applicant with a CPA license and relevant paralegal experience would be highly considered
• Demonstrating good judgment and professionalism, and exhibiting flexibility and versatility to provide exceptional Client support
• Demonstrating strong reasoning and resolution skills
• Willingness to learn the practice and its systems
• Organized with strong attention to detail
• Strong Customer service / client satisfaction aptitude including the ability to always make a positive first impression
• Self-motivated
• Technologically proficient with MS Office Products and electronic document management
• Friendly co-worker and team player

Job Type: Full-time

Contact:

careers@vwlawfirm.com

Business and Litigation Paralegal

The Van Winkle Law Firm is seeking a full-time Paralegal with Business and Litigation experience to join our firm in our Asheville, NC office. The paralegal will work 75% of their time with a transactional attorney whose practice is focused on healthcare law and 25% with a litigator. Compensation is dependent on experience and skill set.

Business; Transactional:
• Develop familiarity with rules and regulations related to state and federal health care programs.
• Develop policies and procedures to support compliance for healthcare entities.
• Identify business and legal risks in contracts; redline provisions as requested.
• Develop and manage contract processes to track transactions from beginning to end. In this role you will have the opportunity to propose innovative solutions to streamline the contract process.
• Assist attorney in reviewing and drafting written agreements for a variety of transactions.
• Coordinate delivery and collection of signature pages.
• Prepare and generate, accurately and in a timely manner, commercial contracts and related documents with a variety of entities, including, master agreements, amendments, statements of work, and NDAs from existing forms ad update existing forms, as requested, and initiate amendments.
• Form and dissolve corporations and other business entities.
• Maintain a process for ensuring the completeness of the execution process and electronically filing all final, executed documents.
• Review contracts for risk management and service needs including compliance with predetermined guidelines, including indemnity/liability, early termination on contracts with high support costs, penalty clauses, and payment terms.
• Escalate all items that require approvals for deviations from standard terms.

Litigation:
• Organize documents, including pleadings, discovery, and related information.
• Prepare product liability litigation files and employer notebooks.
• Calendar court trials, assist with deposition prep, keep up with testimony, exhibits, scheduling of witnesses and attorney(s) needs.
• As needed, conduct factual research: cull relevant information from a variety of resources, such as newspapers, magazines, libraires, case, documents, trade associations and the internet.
• Prepare correspondence and reports, including routine letters, memos and various other documents and forms.
• As needed, coordinate mailings, including filings with state and federal courts and agencies.
• Establish and maintain dual calendar system and deadline reminder systems. Apprise attorney of responsibilities in advance of commitment.
• Ability to handle large case management.
Required Qualifications include:
• Knowledge of legal principles and practices at a level normally acquired through formal paralegal training or equivalent on-the-job training and experience (3+ years) as a business and civil litigation paralegal.
• Good organizational skills and be detail oriented.
• Computer literate and proficient working with Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint, and the ability to understand and utilize computer equipment and other software.
• Ability and discipline to work independently under supervision.
• Ability to work as an integral team member.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate and follow instructions with courtesy and tact.
• Accuracy and word processing at a level of at least 70 words per minute.
• Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints.
• Excellent written and verbal skills.
Preferred Qualifications include:
• Proficient working with document review software such as NetDocs, project management software such as Basecamp, litigation management software such as the CaseMap suite (CaseMap, TimeMap, TextMap etc).
• Notary certification.

Please note – this position requires access to sensitive and classified information and any candidate must successfully pass additional background screening before a final hiring decision can be made.

Contact:

careers@vwlawfirm.com

The Van Winkle Law Firm Welcomes Two New Associates

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that it has added two new associate attorneys to its legal team. Attorneys Delia R. Ledesma and Marie Claire O’Leary Smith have joined the team of lawyers in their Asheville office.

Ms. Ledesma’s practice focuses on divorce, custody, and the trial of family law matters. Delia is completely bilingual in Spanish and performs all legal work effectively and efficiently in both languages. Prior to joining the Van Winkle Law Firm, Delia worked in private practice as an immigration attorney, and as a family law attorney. Most recently, Delia worked as a domestic violence and family law attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina, gaining significant trial experience. Prior to graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2016, Delia obtained a B.A. in both English and Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Delia is also admitted to practice in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Tribal Court.

Ms. O’Leary Smith focuses her practice on civil litigation and criminal law. She was born and raised just down the mountain in Chimney Rock, NC. Prior to graduating from American University Washington College of Law in 2019, Marie Claire obtained a B.A. in both English and Political Science with a Minor in Hispanic Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. She began her legal career at a small firm in Wilson, NC as a criminal defense attorney. As an attorney, Marie Claire enjoys being in court as much as possible and working with clients.

For more than 100 years, the attorneys at The Van Winkle Law Firm have provided a premier level of strategic legal counsel and services to meet clients’ personal, estate planning, commercial, business, and litigation needs. Headquartered in Asheville, Van Winkle is the largest law firm in Western North Carolina. With licensed attorneys serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit www.vwlawfirm.com.