In Memoriam – Joel Stevenson

We regret to inform you of the death of attorney Joel Bond Stevenson, who died on July 16, 2020 in Brevard, NC.

Joel was born April 16, 1942, to Mary (Wilson) Stevenson and J.J. Stevenson in Asheville. He attended Brevard College and Western Carolina University then earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He practiced law in Asheville for four decades and retired in October 2017.

Outside of what he affectionately dubbed the law factory, Joel spent as much time as possible outdoors – hiking, kayaking, SCUBA diving, mountain biking, and spelunking. Joel enjoyed reading poetry and history, learning Spanish, and playing his mandolin.

He is survived by his wife Dana (Mason) Stevenson, daughter Sarah Holly, son-in-law Jim and grandson Maxwell of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and niece Alana Hoenicke, her husband David, and their daughters Lauren and Vanessa of Greenville, South Carolina. Joel leaves behind caving buddies, law colleagues, countless friends, and well-loved cats, El Tigre and Lilly.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date. When we gather to remember Joel, there will be bluegrass. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, your local humane society, or your favorite charity. Thank you to the nurses and staff at Accordius in Brevard for the care given to Joel.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.

Attorney Tod Leaven Admitted to Tennessee Bar

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP attorney Tod Leaven has been sworn into the Tennessee Bar. Tod is a military veteran and partner at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, where he focuses his practice on veterans law. He represents clients in all areas of veterans law, including veteran disability compensation, benefits for dependents, military discharge upgrades, VA healthcare benefits, extended care programs, education and rehabilitation, USERRA, and FMLA protections for service members, and assistance with veteran-owned businesses.  To read more about Tod and his practice area, please click here:

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).

Local Treatment Courts Ask Congress For Assistance

Treatment courts are a recovery based intervention to assist people living with substance use and mental health disorders out of the justice system and into lives of wellness and stability. Buncombe County has four treatment courts coordinated by several community partners.

Currently, Congress is considering funding for those courts, and members of the local treatment court teams are hoping for the support of Bar members. For more information about these specialty courts, click here. For information about contacting Congress to advocate for funding for the courts, click here.

To discuss this issue, please contact the following attorneys: Meghann Burke, Jorge Redmond, or Virginia Hebert.

David Henson Is Now Of Counsel At Grimes Teich Anderson LLP

Grimes Teich Anderson is pleased to announce that attorney David Henson is now of counsel. David is a partner at Henson & Fuerst, P.A., a state-wide personal injury law firm with offices in Raleigh, Rocky Mount, and Boone.

David has practiced law for more than 20 years and handles eminent domain cases across the state of North Carolina. He regularly represents clients against the North Carolina Department of Transportation, local municipalities and cities, utility companies, school boards, water authorities and other condemning authorities.

David received his bachelor’s degree with academic distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 and his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1998.

For more than 20 years, David has been actively involved in the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), the state trial lawyer organization of more than 2,400 members who work to protect the rights of individuals. He has served on the Board of Governors, Executive Committee in several vice-president roles, and innumerable committees and task forces. He will serve as NCAJ President during the 2020-2021 term.

David is a firm believer in giving back to the community and has served on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations. Before becoming an attorney, David was an Emergency Medical Technician. He is now a regular presenter on the topic of EMS Medical Negligence to EMS agencies across the state, the North Carolina Association of EMS Administrators, and the UNC Medical School.