Brian Elston Law – New location and firm name

Brian Elston Law is excited to announce that on August 1, 2021 it will be changing addresses and its name.

Brian Elston Law will be moving to 80 Central Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 (former location of Steve Aceto’s practice) and will be the home of the Law Offices of Elston, Donnahoo, & Williams.

The move and name change has been years in the making and the story of how things came to be can be found here.
The Law Offices of Elston, Donnahoo & Williams looks forward to welcoming clients and their families seeking personal injury attorneys, workers compensation lawyers, employment disputes, and civil rights litigation at the new location. More information on the firm can be found here.

The Van Winkle Law Firm Welcomes Two New Associates

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that it has added two new associate attorneys to its legal team. Attorneys Delia R. Ledesma and Marie Claire O’Leary Smith have joined the team of lawyers in their Asheville office.

Ms. Ledesma’s practice focuses on divorce, custody, and the trial of family law matters. Delia is completely bilingual in Spanish and performs all legal work effectively and efficiently in both languages. Prior to joining the Van Winkle Law Firm, Delia worked in private practice as an immigration attorney, and as a family law attorney. Most recently, Delia worked as a domestic violence and family law attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina, gaining significant trial experience. Prior to graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2016, Delia obtained a B.A. in both English and Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Delia is also admitted to practice in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Tribal Court.

Ms. O’Leary Smith focuses her practice on civil litigation and criminal law. She was born and raised just down the mountain in Chimney Rock, NC. Prior to graduating from American University Washington College of Law in 2019, Marie Claire obtained a B.A. in both English and Political Science with a Minor in Hispanic Studies from UNC Chapel Hill. She began her legal career at a small firm in Wilson, NC as a criminal defense attorney. As an attorney, Marie Claire enjoys being in court as much as possible and working with clients.

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

Hensley Cloninger Welcomes New Partner

We are pleased to announce that our firm’s name is changing to Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C. to reflect the addition of Michael J. Greer as our partner. Mike continues to achieve outstanding results for our personal injury and worker’s compensation clients. He welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other attorneys and is available for association and referral.

And, we are pleased to announce that Jordan L. Hensley has joined Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C. as an Associate Attorney. Jordan comes to the firm following an externship with the North Carolina Court of Appeals and two years of appellate practice before the United States Court of Veteran’s Claims. In addition to serving the firm’s personal injury and medical malpractice clients, she hopes to cultivate a veteran’s disability and general appellate practice. Jordan is available for association and referral in those areas.

Attorney Bill Auman Releases Murder Mystery Novel

Announcing the release of If Trees Could Testify…, a novel by William D. Auman, based on the true story of Madison County’s infamous Gahagan murders.  This cold-case mystery began with a double homicide that occurred in a small mountain community in North Carolina back in 1983, with defendants finally being arrested and charged in the cases eighteen years later.  The author was the principal defense attorney in the actual case.  This fictionalized account weaves a haunting tale of intrigue that includes biker gangs, organized crime and colorful characters such as the draft-dodging son of a snake-handling minister!  A search for justice for both victims and defendants who maintained their innocence is a central theme as the case unwinds and unveils a surprise conclusion.

“A case that represents stranger than life events that belongs on the silver screen.”  Fred Hughes, former editor/publisher of the Madison County News Record and Sentinel.

Available in both print and ebook format from various retail and online outlets including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Walmart, and others including (

Check out the video trailer at or on YouTube

Print ISBN: 978-1-64719-621-9
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-64719-622-6
Library of Congress Control # 2021909089, First Edition 2021

Megan Silver Joins Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, LLP

Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, LLP is pleased to welcome Megan Silver to the firm’s Asheville office in the role of litigation associate. Megan received her Juris Doctorate from Elon University, graduating magna cum laude. She joins the firm as an experienced litigator, having argued numerous cases at the State Court level. Megan brings a unique perspective to her practice from her previous work in personal injury law. With deep Asheville roots, Megan looks forward to continuing to represent clients throughout Buncombe County and North Carolina. Please join us in welcoming Megan to the firm!