David Gantt Included in Best Lawyers in America for 7th Consecutive Year

David Gantt has been included in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in America© in the Workers’ Compensation – Claimants section for the seventh consecutive year.  A Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, David was named the Asheville Worker’s Compensation – Claimants Lawyer of the Year in 2017. The David Gantt Law Office is included in U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” as a Tier 1 Metro Area Workers’ Compensation Law Firm.  

David Gantt practices in the areas of Social Security Disability, Catastrophic Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation. With over 35 years of experience representing injured and disabled clients throughout western North Carolina, David offers clients knowledgeable and compassionate representation as he pursues compensation and benefits on their behalf.  To find out more about the David Gantt Law Office, visit the website at https://davidgantt.com.

Ferikes & Bleynat Partners Included in Best Lawyers in America

Ferikes & Bleynat, PLLC, is pleased to share with you that Joseph Ferikes & Edward Bleynat have been included in the 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Joe Ferikes has been practicing law for more than four decades. He has been a private practice trial lawyer since 1981 and was a solo practitioner until forming Ferikes & Bleynat in 2001.  Joe has been included in the Best Lawyers in America Litigation – Real Estate section continuously since 2018.

Ed Bleynat is an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and is included to the North Carolina Super Lawyers lists.  He enjoys fellowship in the Harry C. Martin Chapter of the American Inns of Court, where he is a past president.  He holds licenses to practice in North Carolina and Tennessee. Ed is included in the Litigation – Real Estate and in the Litigation – Land Use and Zoning sections of Best Lawyer in America for the second consecutive year.  In 2021, Ed is also included in the  Commercial Litigation Section.

Ferikes & Bleynat, PLLC is an Asheville-based law firm serving clients in Western North Carolina.  The partners welcome referrals of real estate and construction matters, foreclosures, personal injury, business, and contract disputes.  Visit our website at https://ashevillelitigators.com


Derek Allen Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

Allen Stahl + Kilbourne is pleased to announce that Derek Allen has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 Edition in Land Use and Zoning Law and Litigation – Land Use and Zoning.  He has been recognized continuously since 2009.

Derek leads the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Law, Real Estate Development, and Zoning and Land Use practices.  He has extensive experience with craft breweries ranging in size from small startups to those with national distribution. His practice includes representation of craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries in a wide range of permitting, regulatory, and trade issues.  Derek has experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials, and appeals. He advises clients and litigates cases involving all forms of commercial, business, development, and real property disputes in state and federal courts.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 94,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and they have received over 11 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 62,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Shannan Tuorto included in Best Lawyers in America 2021

Tuorto Family Law is pleased to announce that Attorney Shannan Tuorto has been included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Family Law and Family Law Mediation.  This is her second appearance on the list for Family Law and her first for Family Law Mediation.

Shannan is a Board-Certified Specialist in Family Law and NCDRC Certified Family Financial Mediator.  She has been recognized by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys in 2015 and 2020 and by Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2018 and 2019. Her practice focuses entirely the field of family law. To learn more about Tuorto Family Law visit the website at http://www.ashevillefamilylaw.com/.

Best Lawyers© compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive confidential peer-review of leading lawyers through survey of other lawyers practicing within the same legal and geographical area.  More information about Best Lawyers methodology is found on their website at https://www.bestlawyers.com/methodology.


Roberts & Stevens attorney Lach Zemp Elected Board of Trustees Chair for Warren Wilson College

At its spring board meeting, the Warren Wilson College Board of Trustees elected Roberts & Stevens attorney Lach Zemp as its new chair. Zemp has been a member of the college’s board since 2015, and has previously served as chair of the Presidential Search Committee and vice-chair of the Board during his tenure

“Warren Wilson College holds a special place in the landscape of higher education, enhancing its excellent academic programs with hands-on work experience and an ethos and expectation of service to the community—all from its beautiful campus in the Swannanoa River valley,” said Zemp. “I could not be more pleased to work with President Lynn Morton and a diverse, talented, and national Board of Trustees as Warren Wilson College continues to strengthen its century-long legacy.”

Located in Swannanoa, North Carolina, Warren Wilson College is a private liberal arts college known for its curriculum that combines academics, work, and service. It was named one of the top 20 “Best Buy” colleges in the U.S. for 2021 by The Fiske Guide to Colleges. “Best Buy” schools are colleges and universities that, in the judgment of the editors, offer “outstanding educational value as determined by academic quality in relation to the net cost of attendance.” Warren Wilson is one of only 10 private colleges to make the list.

Warren Wilson College started as the Asheville Farm School in 1894 after its property, situated along the Swannanoa River, was purchased by the Women’s Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church in hopes of providing a proper education to Americans in isolated areas. In 1942, Asheville Farm School merged with the Dorland-Bell School in Hot Springs, N.C., to become Warren H. Wilson Vocational Junior College and Associated Schools. It was named after the late Warren H. Wilson, former superintendent of the Presbyterian Church’s Department of Church and Country Life. It remained a junior college until 1967, when it became a four-year college offering six majors. The school—now offering 44 areas of study—remains dedicated to a curriculum of “learning by doing.”

Zemp has 30 years of experience as an attorney, trying cases and representing a variety of professional, outdoor recreation, industry and business interests in state and federal courts.  He has developed expertise in crisis response and management as part of his representation of trucking companies, summer camps, zipline companies, whitewater rafting companies and a variety of other outdoor-based industries.

More information on Warren Wilson’s Board of Trustees can be found at https://www.warren-wilson.edu/2020/08/25/new-chair-seven-new-members-join-the-board-of-trustees/.

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 www.roberts-stevens.com.