Nine McGuire Wood & Bissette Attorneys Selected to Business North Carolina Magazine’s “2019 Legal Elite”


Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored Tar Heel lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. Winners are chosen not by BNC editors but by the state’s lawyers. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite has become the model for other awards and lists, but it remains unique as the only award that gives every active lawyer in the state the opportunity to participate. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite includes the top lawyers chosen using this statewide ballot.

Each year, BNC sends ballot notices to every member of the N.C. State Bar living in North Carolina — asking each a simple question: Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories? Voters are not allowed to vote for themselves. They may select members of their firms only if they pick out-of-firm lawyers in the same categories, with the latter votes weighted more heavily. The top vote-getter in each category becomes a member of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame and is ineligible to win again. (

Our Honorees!


Making the Most of Mediation CLE

Mediation is a key part of the pretrial process in federal and state courts in North Carolina. Experienced counsel know that mediation is frequently the fulcrum point where litigants pivot from contentiousness to a negotiated settlement. A range of critical areas will be discussed including preparation for mediation, techniques and pointers for negotiation, working effectively with your mediator, and focusing on the human dynamics behind the pleadings.

This seminar features experienced attorneys and mediators offering practice tips and strategies for effective advocacy at the mediated settlement conference. It is for attorneys who represent clients at mediation, and is sponsored by the Mediation Center.

5 hours CLE credit. Not eligible for Continuing Mediator Education (CME) credit.

Lunch is included and vegetarian options will be available.

Date and Time: Friday, November 9, 2018 – 9AM – 3PM

Location: Western Carolina University Asheville Campus at Biltmore Park

For schedule information and to register, follow the link:

McGuire Wood & Bissette Attorneys Rebecca Crandall and Matt Roberson 2018 40 Under Forty Honorees

Congratulations to Rebecca Crandall and Matt Roberson on being honored at The Biltmore Beacon’s 40 under Forty Leadership Awards Gala.

For a great slideshow of all the award recipients click here.

The award “continues to acknowledge individuals who truly stand out in the community,” said Jonathan Key, president and publisher of Mountaineer Publishing Inc. “It shines a light on the honorees who are making an impact in their field and a difference in their community but may otherwise go unnoticed.”  (Copy courtesy of The Biltmore Beacon, 9/27/2018) For more information about the award and gala click here .

Joseph P. McGuire Recognized as Asheville’s Real Estate Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers©

MWB attorney Joe McGuire named 2019  “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Litigation  by Best Lawyers of America©. This distinction is given to only one attorney in each practice area per city.Congratulations JOE!

“Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Our methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services. Our belief has always been that the quality of a peer review survey is directly related to the quality of the voters.”