The Van Winkle Law Firm Congratulates Newest Principal BJ Kilgore

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that attorney BJ Kilgore has advanced to principal with the firm.

Kilgore joined the firm 2016 and focuses his practice on probate law, trust & estate planning, trust and estate administration and trust reformations and terminations. His experience ranges from creating Powers of Attorneys and working with clients on Health Care documents to significant experience in wealth management where he guides clients in maintaining, preserving, protecting and transferring wealth from one generation to another. He strategically handles each client’s unique circumstances in a manner consistent with their goals. Kilgore is active in the local community and serves on Pisgah Legal Services Young Professionals Board, the Professional Advisory Committee to the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the Executive Committee of Highland’s Circle (United Way). He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Appalachian State University in 2007 and his law degree from Campbell University in 2012.

“Congratulations to BJ on his advancement to principal with the firm” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “BJ exhibits dedication and excellent service to his clients and has been a tremendous asset to the firm.”

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 Martin Moore

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that attorney Martin Moore has joined the firm as an associate in its litigation practice group. Moore will work with the firm’s litigation team representing clients in both personal and business disputes.

Before joining the firm, Moore worked in Asheville in criminal defense and juvenile advocacy where he gained significant trial experience. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 and went on to earn his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2013. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the Buncombe County Bar, and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Moore is Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment, Vice Chair of OpenDoors of Asheville and a volunteer judge for the Buncombe County Teen Court. In addition, he serves as President of the Young Lawyers Division of the Buncombe County Bar.

“We are pleased to welcome Martin to our litigation practice,” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “His extensive trial experience along with his commitment to serving others in our community makes him an excellent addition to our team.”

The Van Winkle Law Firm’s experienced team of civil litigators has a long history of representation in complex matters before state and federal trial and appellate courts, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the U.S. Tax Court and before local, state and federal regulatory boards, agencies, and commissions. They work closely with clients to help navigate through regulatory environments and complex legal issues in and out of the courtroom.

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.

Eight Attorneys from The Van Winkle Law Firm Recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers®

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that eight attorneys with the firm have been named 2019 Super Lawyers®. Those recognized in their areas of law are:

  • Dale Curriden (Personal Injury-Medical Malpractice: Defense)
  • Stephen J. Grabenstein (Estate and Trust Litigation)
  • Robert H. Haggard (Estate Planning and Probate)
  • William G. Heedy (Intellectual Property, Rising Stars 2019)
  • Craig D. Justus (Land Use/Zoning)
  • John G. Kelso (Estate Planning and Probate)
  • Larry S. McDevitt (Antitrust Litigation)
  • Mark A. Pinkston (Creditor Debtor Rights)

Super Lawyers® selects attorneys through a multiphase patented selection process that includes peer nominations and evaluations combined with independent research. Candidates are evaluated based on 12 indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition that include, among others, verdicts and settlements, experience, special licenses and certifications, honors and awards, and professional activity. Selections are made annually on a state by state basis with only 5 percent of attorneys being selected from each state. To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/2Dya6Df.

“The Van Winkle Law Firm is proud of our colleagues for earning this distinguished recognition from our peers for the 13th consecutive year,” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm.

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, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit www.vwlawfirm.com.

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.