Van Winkle Law Firm Attorney Anderson Ellis Recognized as Business North Carolina Magazine’s 2019 Legal Elite

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that attorney Anderson T. Ellis has been recognized as one of Business North Carolina magazine’s 2019 Legal Elite. Ellis was honored in both the “Young Guns” and “Business” categories.

Ellis is a member of The Van Winkle Law Firm’s business practice, where he works with small and mid-size businesses on all phases of corporate life, including entity choice, formation, operations, sale/purchase and reorganizations. With a background in litigation, Anderson is adept at handling a variety of issues that may arise for all types of businesses.

“The firm congratulates Anderson on this significant honor,” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “Recognition as a top lawyer by his peers demonstrates Anderson’s quality of work and dedication to the legal profession.”

Business North Carolina magazine has honored the state’s lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite since 2002. The listing includes top lawyers in business related categories and winners are chosen by their peers throughout the state. This award ballot is sent to every member of the N.C. State Bar asking them to vote for the best attorney in each category, giving every active attorney in the state the opportunity to participate. Voters cannot vote for themselves and may only vote for members of their own firm if they choose out-of-firm attorneys in the same categories. The latter votes are weighed more heavily. The complete list of honorees can be found here: http://businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/.

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. Van Winkle is the largest law firm headquartered in Asheville. With licensed attorneys serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit www.vwlawfirm.com.

The Van Winkle Law Firm Welcomes Attorney Jake Farrar

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that attorney Jake Farrar has joined the firm as an associate in its business practice group. Farrar will work with the firm’s business law team representing businesses at all stages, from formation to dissolution.

Before joining the firm, Farrar served as corporate counsel to regional startups and businesses at a local Asheville firm. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University in 2009 and went on to earn his law degree at Vanderbilt Law School in 2014. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the State Bar of California. Farrar is active in the business community and regularly volunteers time with organizations such as Venture Asheville and Mountain BizWorks, that support the growth and development of local businesses and startups. He is also a graduate of Leadership Asheville, a UNC Asheville program that cultivates community leadership.

“We are pleased to welcome Jake to our business practice,” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “His experience addressing a variety of business issues and problems along with his involvement in the business community make Jake an excellent addition to our team.”

Van Winkle’s business team advises small and midsize businesses on all phases of corporate life, including entity choice, ongoing operations, and owner transition strategies. They work closely with publicly and privately held companies in a broad range of industries to provide guidance and strategies that work with the intricacies of each unique organization.

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. The Van Winkle Law Firm is the largest law firm headquartered in Asheville. With licensed attorneys serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit www.vwlawfirm.com.

The Van Winkle Law Firm Welcomes Patent Agent Dr. Caitlyn M. Sun

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that Dr. Caitlyn M. Sun has joined the firm’s intellectual property practice group as a Patent Agent. Dr. Sun will work with the firm’s intellectual property team preparing and prosecuting patent applications before the United States Patent Office. Before joining the firm, Dr. Sun was a member of a chemical engineering research group at Northwestern University followed by a bioengineering research group at Stanford University. In these roles, she primarily focused on analytical chemistry, biotechnology, and quality control in the biopharmaceutical industry.

A recent graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law, Dr. Sun earned her law degree in May of 2018. She has numerous published works in peer reviewed journals, including Macromolecules, the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science and Electrophoresis. Her experience in a research setting allows her to understand complex scientific concepts and articulate them to others.

“The firm is excited that Dr. Sun has joined our intellectual property practice group,” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “Her scientific research experience makes her a valuable asset to our clients and team.”

The Van Winkle Law Firm’s intellectual property team provides years of experience in domestic and international patent and trademark prosecution and intellectual property litigation. They work with entrepreneurs, start-ups and private and public companies on their inventions, business methods, commercial products, chemicals, materials and more. The intellectual property team is dedicated to protecting their clients’ patent, trademark and copyright interests.

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. Van Winkle is the largest law firm headquartered in Asheville. With licensed attorneys serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit www.vwlawfirm.com

 

The Van Winkle Law Firm Receives Best of Blue Ridge 2018 Award

The Van Winkle Law Firm is pleased to share that it is the recipient of two awards in the Hendersonville Times News Best of Blue Ridge Awards for 2018. The Firm was voted first place in the law firm category and family law attorney Katie Fisher was voted first place in the divorce attorney category by Hendersonville Times News readers. Recipients of the Best of Blue Ridge 2018 Awards were honored at a gala on November 8th. The complete list of winners is included in a special online section on www.blueridgenow.com.

The Van Winkle Law Firm has provided legal services to Buncombe, Henderson, and surrounding Western North Carolina communities since 1907. In 1989 the firm expanded its Asheville offices to open an office in downtown Hendersonville and reach the residents of that community. The Hendersonville office focuses primarily on the areas of Trusts and Estates, Business law, Family Law and Residential Real Estate. Partners in the firm are long-time residents of Henderson County and support the community not only in their legal needs but by partnering with local businesses, non-profits and other organizations.

Katie Fisher joined The Van Winkle Law Firm in 2017, adding family law to the services offered by the firm. Before joining the firm Katie worked in private practice as a family law attorney for six years. She serves clients in Buncombe County, Henderson County and surrounding areas on matters involving divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child custody, child support and domestic violence. She works to see the overall view of each individual case, guiding clients through challenging times so that they can be confident in the best possible outcome.

2018 marks the inaugural year for the Best of Blue Ridge Awards. Earlier this year approximately 107,000 votes were cast in more than 120 categories including Eat and Drink; Financial and Real Estate; Medical; People and Places; Services; Shopping and Commerce; and Travel and Entertainment. The goal of the program is to educate and encourage customers and residents of the area to continue to frequent these businesses and utilize their services and products.

“Thank you to the Hendersonville Times News readers for voting for our team as number one in both the law firm and divorce attorney categories,” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “We are honored to be among so many impressive organizations that serve our Hendersonville community.”

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. Van Winkle is the largest law firm headquartered in Asheville. With licensed attorneys serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit www.vwlawfirm.com.

W. Carleton Metcalf Named U.S. Magistrate Judge

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that William Carleton Metcalf, a former senior principal in the firm, has been named United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. Judge Metcalf was sworn in by The Honorable Max O. Cogburn, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina, and began his new role on November 1.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Metcalf practiced law at The Van Winkle Law Firm for 21 years, serving as a member of the Board of Directors and an officer of the firm. He earned both his bachelor’s degree with honors in history and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While attending the UNC School of Law, Judge Metcalf served as president of his graduating class and was a member of the Holderness Moot Court.

“On behalf of the entire firm, I would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to Judge Metcalf on his recent appointment to Magistrate Judge,” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “It has been our pleasure to work with him over the last 21 years, and we know he will serve our community well in his new role.”

Active in leadership roles in professional organizations throughout his career, Judge Metcalf served as an officer of the Buncombe County Bar in Buncombe County, was the founding president of the Western District of North Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and served as a past president of the Harry C. Martin Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He has received multiple professional awards and honors, including being named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a recipient of the Buncombe County Bar’s Professionalism Award. He is also active in the community, working with organizations such as Pisgah Legal Services and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, and volunteering time with various local athletic associations.

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