Gum Hillier McCroskey & Amburgey ranked in 2020 “Best Law Firms”

Gum Hillier McCroskey & Amburgey has been ranked in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in America.  The firm is the recipient of the Tier 1 Metropolitan Award for Family Law Practice in Asheville, and the Tier 3 Metropolitan Award for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, also for practice in Asheville.

The 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are being published for the tenth consecutive year.  The GHMA | LAW firm has been continuously listed in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” since its inception in 2010.  The Best Law Firms inclusion methodology can be found at

Gum, Hillier McCroskey & Amburgey is an Asheville-based family and bankruptcy law firm serving clients in Western North Carolina.  The firm helps individuals and families create lasting resolutions to conflict and financial crises. The partners in the firm are North Carolina Board Certified Legal Specialists in their respective fields of family and bankruptcy law.  As legal specialists, the partners welcome referrals of family and bankruptcy law matters and are commonly associated by their peers on complex matters in their individual fields. To find out more about the GHMA | LAW firm, visit the website at

Ferikes & Bleynat Listed in US News/Best Lawyers in America Best Law Firms 2020

The law firm of Ferikes & Bleynat, PLLC, has been proudly selected to the U.S. News – Best Lawyers in America “2020 Best Law Firms” as an Asheville Metropolitan Tier 2 ranked law firm in the area of Litigation – Real Estate.  This is the firm’s second appearance on the Best Lawyers/U.S. News Best Law Firms list.

The 2020 Edition of “Best Law Firms” includes rankings in 75 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan-based practice areas.  The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings is now in its tenth consecutive year. For a concise explanation of the methodology for inclusion in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”, visit the Best Law Firms website at  

Ferikes & Bleynat, PLLC is an Asheville-based law firm serving clients in Western North Carolina.  The firm creates lasting resolutions to conflict and crisis and also provides negotiation and mediation services.  As legal professionals, the partners welcome referrals of real estate and construction matters, foreclosures, personal injury, business and contract disputes, and as local counsel to out of state firms and their clients in these areas of practice.  To find out more about the Ferikes & Bleynat firm, visit their website at

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP In the 2020 Edition of Best Law Firms Rankings by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers®

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP is pleased to announce that the law firm is again included in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®  list of Best Law Firms – Tier 1 Metropolitan for Workers’ Compensation Law-Claimants.

U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers® writes, “Firms included in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top 5% of private practicing lawyers in the United States. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.” A rigorous evaluation process, including client feedback and peer reviews, are used to determine the designation. Law firms may not pay to be listed.

Attorneys Henry Teich, a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist In Workers’ Compensation Law and Anna Hamrick, are both listed in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America® for Workers Compensation Law-Claimants.

Established for 40 years, Grimes Teich Anderson has eight offices in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. The firm handles personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security disability, wrongful death, employment law/ discrimination, veterans law, railroad worker injury, and construction defect cases.

Worthington Law Firm Expands, Adds Asheville Location

Worthington Law Firm is hanging its shingle and adding a new office location in Asheville. The Kentucky-based firm opened its downtown office at One Oak Plaza in October.

Firm owner James C. Worthington, Sr. began practicing law in 1992, and has since built a practice known for its highly experienced trust and estate and tax planning expertise. With primary offices in Louisville, Ky., Worthington Law Firm will maintain regular office hours and use collaborative technology to serve its western North Carolina clients.

“There is a clear need for sophisticated estate planning knowledge in this rapidly growing city,” said Worthington. “As a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, I want to help clients with challenging trust and tax issues, and I’m also excited to bring my practice back to the Old North State where my career began.”

Worthington notes there are close parallels between the industries rapidly growing in the Asheville and Louisville markets — tourism and hospitality, craft beverages, and health care — and sees his experience working in these areas with Kentucky families and businesses as an asset to clients in the western North Carolina mountains.

Worthington, who holds a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University and a Master of Law in Taxation from the University of Alabama, is a long-term advocate of law practice technology. “My firm brings more than two decades of professional tax and estate planning experience to western North Carolina,” he said. “Modern, collaborative technology will allow my firm to seamlessly serve all of our clients.”

For more information about Worthington Law Firm’s new Asheville location or to schedule an appointment, call at (828) 423-0152 or email

Founded in 2010, Worthington Law Firm offers sophisticated trust, estate and tax planning solutions for individuals and families in Kentucky and North Carolina. The firm is known for its outstanding client service with predictable costs and predictable time-frames. Learn more at

Attorney L. Kathleen Potter Hargrove joins Roberts & Stevens Law Firm

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that attorney L. Kathleen Potter Hargrove has joined the firm. Hargrove, a Weaverville native, will work with the firm focusing on estates and trusts.

Hargrove first began working with Roberts & Stevens in 2013 as a runner during her undergraduate studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After moving on to law school, Hargrove continued her work at Roberts & Stevens as a law clerk. In 2019, she earned a Juris Doctor from Campbell University School of Law, where she became the Bluebook Editor of the Campbell Law Review and served on the Student Bar Association executive board.

During her studies, Hargrove also worked in the Senior Law Clinic, providing transactional and consultative legal services to low-income senior citizens in the Raleigh area.

“We love working with Kathleen and are proud of her accomplishments at Campbell,” said Mary Robinson Hervig of Roberts & Stevens. “We’re thrilled that she’s joined our estates and trusts team.”

Hargrove joins a team of professionals with decades of experience in estates and trusts, giving clients peace of mind with solid plans for the future. No matter the size or complexity of the estate, the Estates and Trusts team at Roberts & Stevens can help create a custom estate plan to meet everyone’s needs, providing individualized advice to each client on planning choices, assisting in the implementation of personal plans and preparing the appropriate legal documents — including wills, different types of trust agreements, powers of attorney, and other planning documents.

When disputes arise, the experienced litigators have successfully litigated or negotiated settlements of complex estate matters, trust disputes, and other fiduciary matters. To learn more about the Estates and Trusts team at Roberts & Stevens, visit

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