Attorney Bill Parker Retiring

After more than 44 years of practice, Attorney Bill Parker is retiring from the full-time practice of law as of January 31, 2019.  He said, “I will remain of-counsel with the firm with which I have been associated for over 40 years of my practice, Long Parker Warren Anderson Payne & McClellan.  I have really enjoyed my relationship through the years with lawyers, staff, and all those associated with the Buncombe County Bar.”

Shannon (“Missy”) Spainhour Selected for 2019 Legal Elite; Achieves “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rating

Davis Hartman Wright PLLC attorney Shannon (“Missy”) Sumerell Spainhour has been recognized as one of Business North Carolina Magazine’s 2019 Legal Elite in the category of “Employment Law.” Missy is the Chair of the Firm’s Labor & Employment practice and a member of the Firm’s Litigation practice. She represents employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including handling litigation and in providing advice and counseling to clients. Missy also frequently conducts independent workplace investigations for non-clients, and is a mediator, certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission in 2014.

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 various categories. Winners are selected by the other lawyers throughout the state.

Missy also recently received an “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The “AV Preeminent” rating is Martindale’s highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that Missy’s peers rank her at the highest level of professional excellence for her legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.

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.

Thomas Amburgey included in the Business North Carolina Legal Elite 2019

Thomas Amburgey and the Amburgey Law Firm are pleased to announce that Thomas has been included in the Business North Carolina Legal Elite Criminal Defense Section. Thomas is a Board Certified Specialist in State Criminal Defense Law. He is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer at Martindale Hubbell and is included in North Carolina Super Lawyers.

Since 2002, the Business North Carolina Legal Elite is a listing of the state’s top lawyers categorized by practice area chosen through peer ballotting that asks one question, “Of the Tar Heel lawyers whose work you have observed firsthand, whom would you rate among the current best in these categories?”  The Business North Carolina Legal Elite is the only award of its type that gives every active lawyer in the state the opportunity to vote for their peers. The lawyer who receives the most votes in a category becomes a member of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame, and is no longer eligible to win inclusion in the annual list.

Amburgey Law is a criminal defense firm providing defense representation to adults and juveniles accused of crimes throughout Western North Carolina. Thomas focuses his practice on matters involving theft, violence, weapons, substances, probation matters, white collar crimes and investigations, and capital crimes, and gladly accepts referrals in these areas.

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

Methodology

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. (http://businessnc.com/special-sections/legal-elite/)

Our Honorees!