Clifton Williams, Former UNC Asheville Legal Counsel, joins Allen Stahl + Kilbourne

Clifton Williams has joined Allen Stahl + Kilbourne (ASK) as its newest attorney starting June 1, 2020.  Williams has most recently served as University Counsel on the UNC Asheville legal staff where he has worked since 2014, including three years as the University’s chief legal officer. He brings an array of government, military, and private practice experience to ASK, having previously worked in North Carolina State University’s Office of General Counsel and, before his time in public service, with Bachman and Swanson in Durham.

“We are excited to have Clifton join our team,” says ASK partner Derek Allen. “I have gotten to know and admire Clifton through his role at my alma mater, UNC Asheville. It is clear to me that Clifton’s skill set, experience, and connections in Western North Carolina will make him a perfect fit for our practice.”

Williams will focus on education law, employment law, corporate work, real estate, and other general business areas, while serving and expanding the firm’s client base in craft beverage, real estate development, manufacturing, outdoor gear, and other lifestyle-oriented businesses.

Allen Stahl + Kilbourne is a full-service law firm covering a number of practice areas, including real estate, construction, craft beverage, creditor rights in bankruptcy and debt collection, intellectual property, employment and labor, education, estate planning and administration, and general business and corporate matters. The firm has strong connections to Asheville and Western North Carolina, as many ASK attorneys have practiced, lived, or learned here since the 1970s.



Free Living Wills to all COVID-19 Essential Workers

The Asheville law firm of Fisher Stark P.A. is giving back to essential workers.  Essential workers are on the front lines of this coronavirus pandemic. Essential workers include doctors, nurses, first responders, firefighters, service workers, cashiers, delivery drivers and all front-line people. In recognition of all that these front-line workers sacrifice, the local law firm of Fisher Stark, P.A. is offering free Living Wills to essential workers.

A Living Will is an essential component of any estate plan.  The purpose of a Living Will, sometimes known as an Advanced Directive, is to establish your wishes regarding end of life choices when you are not capable of speaking for yourself.

As attorney Megan Silver says, “Community matters to us.” “We are part of the community and we all depend on the community in so many different ways. We are just thankful to be able to give something back,” says firm founder W. Perry Fisher. “We want to take a moment to thank all of the dedicated essential workers. We recognize your sacrifice and thank you,” says Brad Stark, another of the law firm’s partners.

Fisher Stark attorneys represent persons who have been injured through the actions of others.  With over 50 years of jury trials, our lawyers know the wisdom that is our community.  Thank you for allowing us to serve you.  Community matters.

To Download a Free North Carolina Living Will Form

For additional information contact: Perry Fisher, II at or call 828-505-4300.

A Resilient Mindset: Consciously Recovering From the Corona Crisis

Join Laura Mahr on May 5, 2020 at 10am for a free webinar open to NC lawyers, judges, support staff, and law school students (and their families).

While most of us have honed a few coping skills for trying times, many of us are finding our skill set lacking during the pandemic and its aftermath–the unknowns are too vast and the tragedy too great. As we move forward, a resilient mindset may be the thing that allows us to stay afloat mentally, emotionally, and financially in these rocky waters. Ultimately, a resilient mindset may mean the difference between holding steady with an anchor versus being tossed around in the waves.

During this hour, you will learn how to cultivate a mindset that supports you in recovering from the personal and professional repercussions of the pandemic. Laura will walk you through a five-step resilience-building process that helps you consciously create a resilient mindset by accounting for what you’ve lost and reflecting on what you’ve gained in these trying times. Steeped in the neurobiology and neuropsychology of resilience and tailored for the legal profession, this webinar offers new skills that lawyers, judges, legal support staff, and law school students can immediately put to use to help bounce back in the upcoming months.


Sign up here.


This program is in celebration of National Lawyer Well-Being Week and is not offered for CLE credit. Many thanks to all 2,000 of you who registered for Laura’s last webinar, Calm in the Storm: Tools to Keep Your Cool in the Corona Crisis. This is a brand new webinar with new content, and has space for up to 3,000 participants.

This program is brought to you by:

The North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program

The LAP Foundation of NC, Inc.


The NC Bar Foundation


Attorney Scott M. Anderson Named To South Carolina Super Lawyers List

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Scott M. Anderson is selected for inclusion in the 2020 South Carolina Super Lawyers® list for Personal Injury law.

Super Lawyers is an annual, state-by-state rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas and all firm sizes who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.  No more than 5 percent of attorneys in the state are selected for the list.

Scott is the managing partner of Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, a North Carolina and South Carolina injury & disability law firm with primary offices in Asheville and Greenville. His area of practice includes personal injury, wrongful death, truck accidents, and appellate practice. He has argued cases in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Court of Appeals and the South Carolina Supreme Court. Scott is admitted to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and the Bar of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee.  He is also a Certified Civil Mediator in the state of South Carolina.

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Jim Barrett and Matt Roberson Recognized by NC Bar Association


The North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) is recognizing the selfless contributions of Pisgah Legal Services Executive Director Jim Barrett and volunteer attorney Matt Roberson, by bestowing upon them top awards that reflect their outstanding work to help people in need by providing free, civil legal aid.

Jim Barrett is receiving the 2020 Deborah Greenblatt Outstanding Legal Services Attorney Award, which is given to  a lawyer who is employed full-time by a legal services program in NC, and who has made an exemplary contribution to provide legal assistance to help meet the needs of the people living in poverty. Jim has devoted 37 years to Pisgah Legal Services, with more than 27 of those years at its helm. Under his leadership, PLS has grown to 70 employees providing vital anti-poverty services to more than 18,000 people.

Matt Roberson is the recipient of the 2020 William L. Thorp Pro Bono Award, given to an NC attorney who has provided exemplary legal services without a fee to a client or client group that could not otherwise afford legal counsel. Roberson is an attorney with McGuire, Wood & Bissette Law Firm in  Asheville. He has volunteered with Pisgah Legal Services since 2004. Since that time, he has donated more than 1,150 hours of pro bono legal services in 66 legal cases to help vulnerable local families secure safety from domestic violence, avoid eviction, foreclosure and homelessness, and stop creditor harassment and abuse.

Katie Russell Miller, who coordinates Pisgah Legal’s volunteer attorney program says, “Jim and Matt are two attorneys whose generosity and dedication inspire others to work for justice in our region. Jim has truly made it his life’s work to increase access to justice for people living in poverty in our region. And Matt is a volunteer attorney who never ceases to amaze us with his willingness to contribute his time and expertise to be an advocate for his neighbors.”

Congratulations and thank you to Jim and Matt!