The Van Winkle Law Firm Brings Activist Bryan Stevenson To Asheville For Public Policy Lecture Series

Event Co-Sponsored By The David And Lin Brown Visionary Lecture Series & Hosted By UNC Asheville

The Van Winkle Law Firm is proud to continue its commitment to offer an ongoing public policy lecture series geared toward the thoughtful consideration of and discussion around important policy issues that face Buncombe County, the state and the nation. This second installment of The Van Winkle Law Firm Public Policy Lectures takes place on April 25th at UNC Asheville. The firm partnered with The David and Lin Brown Visionary Lecture Series and UNC Asheville to bring attorney, activist, and best-selling author Bryan Stevenson to Asheville.

Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American Society. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting the abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Stevenson is also the author of award-winning New York Times best-selling book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The April 25th event with Bryan Stevenson is free to the public and more information can be found at

The Van Winkle Law Firm Public Policy Lectures was developed out of a desire within the firm to encourage and promote continued dialogue around relevant and important issues surrounding public policy in the immediate community and the country.

Community Foundation of WNC’s Annual Seminar

You are invited to join Western North Carolina’s professional advisors for The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s 28th Annual Professional Seminar. Three continuing education hours are available. Michele A. W. McKinnon of McGuireWoods LLP will present: Charitable Giving After Tax Reform: The Rules and Opportunities in the Current Tax and Economic Environment.

Thursday, May 2, 2019
8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Buffet
9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Seminar
Lioncrest at Biltmore Estate
Cost: $110

Register today to attend

Rob Mays Appointed Bankruptcy Trustee, Forms New Firm

Rob Mays announces the formation of the Mays Law Firm, PLLC.   Mr. Mays will serve as a Chapter 7 trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and will continue to represent creditors and fraud victims in select matters.   He will focus on judgement enforcement, contested bankruptcy matters, fraud recovery, commercial collections, and litigation involving concealed and transferred assets.

Previously, Rob was a shareholder at the Van Winkle Law Firm, where he practiced in litigation and creditors rights.  Prior to that, he was a litigation associate at WilmerHale, in Washington, D.C., and a law clerk for the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Mr. Mays was named to Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” for bankruptcy in 2018, and named as a “Super Lawyer” for creditor-debtor rights in 2019.

Rob’s wife, Katie, practices with Garlock & McKinney, P.C., in Black Mountain.

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Buncombe Women Attorneys for Habitat Women Build Event

Asheville Habitat for Humanity provides safe, affordable housing to low-income community members.  Please join Buncombe County women attorneys in a fundraising kickoff at Rustic Grape on May 1 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm to support Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build project.  The Women Build house is an affordable, safe, and energy efficient home that a local member of our community will purchase. Affordable housing helps our neighbors build their economic security and creates a stable foundation to raise their family on. We’re raising $10,000 to help support this construction by women in our area.  Please join us for a fun evening and learn more about this project!

Chad Ray Donnahoo And Reed Williams Join Brian Elston Law

Brian Elston Law is pleased to announce local attorneys and friends Chad Ray Donnahoo and Reed G. Williams have joined the firm.  Chad’s focus will be representing individuals in workers’ compensation and personal injury matters. Reed will be continuing his mediation practice of personal injury and workers’ compensation disputes.

Chad and Reed together bring over 45 years of legal experience to the firm, demonstrated results, and a shared vision of working hard to achieve the maximum amount of justice under the law for each client.  With the combination of their passion for the law and people, Chad and Reed are a perfect fit for the Brian Elston Law team.

The firm invites you to join them in welcoming Chad and Reed on April 5, 2019 between 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Patton Parker House for snacks by the Chop Shop, beverages by Jack’s 47, and music by Spalding McIntosh.