Eliot Spector Joins Public Defender’s Office

Elliot Spector has recently joined the Public Defender’s office. He is originally from the California Bay Area and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Sociology and received his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School. Elliot has experience providing legal services to indigent clients in both the immigration and criminal contexts. He is committed to indigent defense and hopes to work towards combatting mass incarceration.

Nancy Fowler Receives Exemplary Pro Bono Paralegal Award

The Van Winkle Law Firm would like to congratulate Nancy Fowler, recipient of the Exemplary Pro Bono Paralegal Award. Presented by the Buncombe County Bar at its annual Pro Bono Celebration, this award honors those in the legal profession for their excellent pro bono service.

Nancy is a paralegal with The Van Winkle Law Firm’s litigation practice and has been providing legal expertise and excellent client service for 35 years. Having experienced first hand the hope and appreciation even small acts of kindness and help can offer, Nancy began giving back through her own pro bono services early in her career. For almost four decades she has offered pro bono work through Pisgah Legal Services Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers (MAVL) Program as well as the Emeritus Attorneys Giving Legal Expertise (EAGLE) Program. These programs provide pro bono referrals, training, and support to more than 300 paralegals and attorneys, who volunteer thousands of hours of legal help to residents in need each year.

In addition to her pro bono work, Nancy volunteers through her church, Salem United Methodist in Weaverville, working with the Veterans Restoration Quarters as well as the North Buncombe High School Black Hawk Initiative program, which provides funds to underprivileged and at risk
students. Nancy was an ABCCM Board Member for over 10 years and served as Secretary for eight years. She continues to volunteer with ABCCM and Steadfast House, providing clothing, food, and other community work to those in need.

“This well-deserved award is just one example of Nancy’s kindness, care for others, and dedicated service to our community.” said Dale Curriden, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “We are honored to have her as a part of the Van Winkle family.” The Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers (MAVL) Program is a pro bono referral program formed under the sponsorship of the North Carolina Bar Association and in cooperation with Pisgah Legal Services (PLS). The Emeritus Attorneys Giving Legal Expertise (EAGLE) Program is responsible for recruiting, onboarding, training, coordinating, and providing administrative support to 30+ emeritus/retired attorneys who volunteer for Pisgah Legal Services, taking pro bono legal cases.

For more than 100 years, The Van Winkle Law Firm has 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 www.vwlawfirm.com.

Teague Campbell Attorney William Bulfer Admitted to American College of Coverage Counsel

Teague Campbell is pleased to announce that William “Bill” Bulfer has been admitted as a fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), the preeminent association who represent the interests of insurers and policyholders in disputes arising out of insurance policies.

The ACCC, established in 2012, is an invitation-only organization of senior lawyers who have devoted most of their practice to insurance disputes for 15 years or more. The ACCC’s Fellows include many of the most prominent members of the insurance law bars of the United States and Canada, as well as Honorary Fellows from academia and the judiciary.

Bill’s practice focuses on advising clients and, when necessary, litigating complex insurance coverage matters. Throughout his career Bill has litigated a variety of liability claims, giving him a practical understanding of the underlying matters associated with the applicable coverage. His coverage caseload encompasses both third-party and first-party matters for a number of diverse insurers and risk pools. Bill has developed a reputation for offering creative solutions to settle complex cases and eliminate extra-contractual risk. He co-chairs Teague Campbell’s Insurance Coverage Services group out of the firm’s Asheville office.

The ACCC focuses on educating all sectors involved in the field of insurance law – including the judiciary, legal and insurance professionals, law students and businesses – on cutting edge, emerging, and critical issues such as developing trends in insurance law and bad faith, trial practice and alternative dispute resolution, policy formation and claims handling.

The ACCC’s mission is to advance the creative, ethical and efficient resolution of insurance coverage and extracontractual disputes; to enhance the civility and quality of the practice of insurance law; to provide peer-reviewed scholarship; and to improve the relationships among the members of the profession. For more information on the American College of Coverage Counsel, visit their website https://www.americancollegecoverage.org/.