David Hillier Named 2013 Leader in the Law


The family and bankruptcy law firm of Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, PA, is proud to announce that David R. Hillier is recipient of the 2013 Leaders in the Law Award. Now in its fifth year, the Leaders in the Law Award was created to recognize individual attorneys who have consistently, working through community involvement and mentoring younger attorneys, promoted the betterment of the legal profession.

In partnership with Elon University School of Law, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly will host the third annual Leaders in the Law awards event, honoring legal professionals who go above and beyond in their profession and their community. The honorees represent the most influential individuals within our state’s legal community.

Mr. Hillier was recognized for his contributions to the practice of consumer bankruptcy law in North Carolina and his continual community involvement.

This is the second time Mr. Hillier has been recognized for his substantial community investment. In 2004, Mr. Hillier was the recognized by the North Carolina Bar Association and honored with the Centennial Award for his ongoing efforts to work on behalf of the community. The Centennial Award is presented to only one attorney in each district each year.

Mr. Hillier will be honored with the Leaders in the Law Award in late September and is grateful for this recognition.

Howard Gum, Family Law Lawyer of the Year 2014 on Best Lawyers


The family and bankruptcy law firm of Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, PA, is proud to announce that partner Howard L. Gum was recently named Lawyer of the Year 2014 by Best Lawyers in America in the category of Asheville Family Law Practitioners.

The honor of being named “Lawyer of the Year” is given to only a single lawyer in each specified metropolitan and practice area. Recipients of this award are selected based on voting averages received during the extensive peer-review process conducted by Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers has been designating Lawyer of the Year awards in high-profile legal practice areas in 2009.

Mr. Gum was recognized for his significant contributions to the practice of family law, including his dedicated service in establishing standards for legal specialization in family law in North Carolina, his service to the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and his commitment to our local district bar as its elected State Bar Councilor. He is honored to have been chosen among such an elite group of legal practitioners and is thankful for this prestigious recognition by his peers.

Gum, Hillier & McCroskey: Partners Listed in Best Lawyers

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The family and bankruptcy law firm of Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, PA, is proud to announce that Howard L. Gum, David R. Hillier, and Patrick S. McCroskey were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. All three partners of the firm have been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2009. Howard Gum has been listed in Best Lawyers in America continuously for more than two decades.

Using sophisticated methodology, Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers within the same legal practice area and geographical area. In the U.S., Best Lawyers publishes an annual referral guide, The Best Lawyers in America, which includes almost 40,000 attorneys in 80 specialties, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in 1981 and first published in 1983, Best Lawyers is the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S., and the gold standard for accuracy and integrity.

Ward & Smith Announces Asheville Best Lawyers Honorees

Ward and Smith, P.A. had 33 attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers. Our three Asheville attorneys include:

  • Derek J. Allen (2009) — Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation –Land Use and Zoning
  • William S. Durr (2013) — Family Law
  • Michael L. Miller (1991) — Arbitration; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Mediation; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each NC metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Asheville attorney, Michael L. Miller, was recognized for Trusts and Estates.

Attorney Alston Ludwig Joins McGuire, Wood & Bissette, PA


(Asheville, NC) – McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A. is pleased to announce that attorney Alston F. Ludwig has joined the firm. Ludwig focuses his practice on a variety of corporate and business related matters, with a concentration in real property issues including homeowners’ associations, condominiums, planned communities, and related litigation.

Prior to joining McGuire Wood & Bissette, Ludwig practiced with a large, regional firm in Jackson, Mississippi where he gained experience in business and commercial civil litigation. Ludwig received his law degree from the University of Mississippi where he served as the Development Editor for the University of Mississippi Law Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University.

McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A. is the oldest law firm in Asheville, North Carolina continuously in the practice of law since 1894. Since its inception, the firm has engaged in a general civil practice geared toward commerce and industry. McGuire, Wood & Bissette, P.A. is committed to serving its clients’ best interests with effective legal services of the highest quality at a reasonable cost, while adhering to the highest ethical standards and contributing to the well-being of the community.