Jim Siemens named a NC Top Rated Lawyer of 2013

Jim Siemens has been named a Top Rated Lawyer of 2013 in North Carolina by Martindale-Hubbell and the ALM Legal Group. Jim is a Certified Family Law Specialist and Certified Family Law Mediator, practicing in Asheville, N.C. Founder and Managing Partner of Siemens Family Law Group, Jim enjoys good client relationships in complex cases.

It is Jim’s privilege to work with a great team, including associate lawyers Brenda Coppede and Ana Prendergast. The Siemens Family Law Group mission statement is “Justice through proactivity and effective communication,” guiding the group’s approach with clients and the courts.

Jim and his associates are accepting Family Law Cases in Asheville with issues including separation, divorce, equitable distribution, spousal support, alimony, child custody and child support. They are available to work independently and as a team. Siemens Family Law Group maintains good working relationships with expert witnesses including business valuators, CPAs, real estate appraisers, personal property appraisers, mental health experts, child psychologists and counselors.

Jim and his daughter Sophia live in Asheville and enjoy the vibrant Asheville community.

To learn more about Jim Siemens and the Siemens Family Law Group, call 828-252-5080.

Asheville Law Group Introduces Jake Snider

jakesniderbioThe Asheville Law Group is pleased to announce that Jake Snider has become associated with the firm. The focus of Jake’s practice is in employment law and complex business litigation.

Jake received his B.A. from the University of Oregon in 2006 and in May, 2013, Jake graduated, magna cum laude, from Elon University School of Law. Jake is originally from the Pacific Northwest, but his wife, Jennifer, is an Asheville native. Jake and Jennifer have three children, who will call Asheville home.

During his academic career at Elon, Jake externed for the Honorable James L. Gale of the North Carolina Business Court in Greensboro (2012), and served as law clerk to multiple law firms, including Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, and Stewart, P.C (2012); the Law Offices of Fred T. Hamlet (2011-2013); and Freedman Law Firm (2012-2013).

Outside of the courtroom, Jake enjoys spending time with his family playing the acoustic guitar, and hiking in the mountains around Asheville.


Asheville Law Group, formerly Wimer & Associates, is a North Carolina law firm focusing on complex litigation matters and corporate law. Attorneys Mike Wimer, Peter McGuire and Jake Snider serve clients from their offices in West Asheville.

Ann-Patton Hornthal featured in Verve Magazine

Attorney Ann-Patton Hornthal is working with William Clarke and others in an effort to save the Box Creek Wilderness. Spanning 5,185 acres, Box Creek Wilderness is one of North Carolina’s premiere ecological jewels and is the state’s largest private Registered Natural Heritage Area. The property includes over 100 rare and priority conservation species of plants and animals and 18 globally rare plant communities. Maturing and interior forests cover thousands of acres. Within its forests, 28 rare or conservation priority bird species find refuge.

The 5,185 acre wilderness area is owned by 130 of Chatham, LLC. Thirty days after 130 of Chatham acquired the property, the local electric utility, the Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation, announced its plan to condemn and clear a 2 1/2-mile long, 100-foot-wide strip through the middle of it for a new power transmission line. 130 of Chatham is opposing the condemnation action on the grounds that this transmission line is not needed or can be provided without building a transmission line through Box Creek Wilderness. 130 of Chatham also contends that REMC acted arbitrarily and capriciously by failing to adequately consider whether additional capacity to the nearby substation is needed and if so, whether there are less expensive and less damaging alternative ways to meet such need.

The Verve article features the women helping the fight to save Box Creek Wilderness.

Verve Article – The Box Creek Brockoviches- http://www.vervemag.com/october-2013/2013/10/1/the-box-creek-brockoviches.html