Stone & Christy Announcement

The law firm of Stone & Christy PA announces that as of December 31, 2021, Bill Christy will cease the full-time practice of law and will become Of Counsel, handling only limited matters.  “I am lucky to have been able to practice in Black Mountain for over 25 years, first with Dick Stone as my partner for a few years, and then with Bryant Webster and James Ellis as my partners for almost 20 years, and Barrett McFatter for the past few years.  In addition to my partners, we have long-time staff members who are indispensable members of our team.  My partners and staff have made practicing law a rewarding and enjoyable experience for which I am grateful.  The time is right for me to transition to focusing on matters other than the practice of law.”  Bill will limit his practice this year as part of the transition plan.

Susan Ramos named to Business North Carolina’s 2021 Legal Elite for Immigration Law

Business North Carolina magazine has named Susan Ramos to the 2021 North Carolina Legal Elite, the magazine’s annual listing of the state’s top lawyers. Susan has over seventeen years of experience assisting individuals, families, and employers with assessing available U.S. immigration options.  Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP’s announcement may be found here: 

Welcome To New Assistant Public Defender Hanna Abernethy

The Buncombe County Public Defender welcomes Hannah Abernethy to the office as an Assistant Public Defender. Ms. Abernethy has been with the Forsyth County Public Defender’s Office for the past three years following her graduation from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2017. Ms. Abernethy received her undergraduate degree in the history and communication studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. She grew up in Catawba County.

Attorney David C. Hawisher joins Roberts & Stevens Law Firm

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that attorney David C. Hawisher has joined the firm. His focus is on appellate litigation, insurance defense and health care regulatory compliance.

Hawisher earned his undergraduate degree in religious studies in 2015 from the University of North Carolina, where he was an active member of the Dialectic and Philanthropic societies.   He then went on to graduate cum laude from the University of North Carolina School of Law. As a law student, Hawisher interned with the Tribal Court for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Judge Arrowood and then-Judge Davis of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He was also a staff member of the North Carolina Law Review from 2017 to 2018, and he represented indigent clients with UNC’s Youth Justice Clinic from 2018 to 2019.

David is incredibly bright, hardworking and diligent,” said Wyatt Stevens of Roberts & Stevens. With excellent research and writing skills, he is a welcome addition to our litigation team.

Hawisher joins a team of professionals with decades of experience in his focus areas of appellate litigation, insurance defense, health care regulatory compliance and beyond. No matter the complexity, Roberts & Stevens delivers outstanding service and conscientious legal work performed by experienced and well-prepared lawyers who put their clients’ interests first.

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Roberts & Stevens is one of the largest law firms in Western North Carolina and serves clients across the state in a wide variety of industries, ranging from large corporations and governmental entities to family-owned companies, small businesses, and individuals. To learn more, visit