Goldsmith Named Mediator of the Year

The law firm of Goldsmith, Goldsmith & Dews, P.A., is proud to announce that Best Lawyers in America has named Frank Goldsmith its “2014 Asheville Mediation Lawyer of the Year.” The firm has its offices in Marion, but Frank Goldsmith is a resident of Buncombe County and is a member of the Buncombe County Bar.

Mindy C. Fisher joins Dungan Law Firm

Dungan, Kilbourne & Stahl, P.A. is pleased to announce that Mindy Fisher has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Mindy’s practice is concentrated in the areas of business and financial services litigation. Mindy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at University of North Carolina-Asheville and her Juris Doctor from University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where she served as managing editor of the Nevada Law Journal and graduated magna cum laude.

Mindy worked for several years in Nevada before returning to North Carolina. She has extensive experience advising and representing banks, mortgage lenders and servicers, and other financial institutions in a variety of cases in state and federal courts, defending against claims involving residential and commercial lender liability, consumer fraud, debt collection and credit reporting, and other loan origination and servicing disputes. Mindy is also experienced in representing clients in a broad range of business matters, including pursuing and defending contract claims, lease and real property disputes, unfair and deceptive trade practices claims, shareholder derivative actions, receiverships, and employment discrimination and wage and hour disputes.

Ana Prendergast offers Elder Law and Estate Planning services at Siemens Family Law Group

Siemens Family Law Group is pleased to announce that with the addition of Ana Prendergast to its attorney roster, it will now offer Elder Law and Estate Planning services.

Ana began working with Elder Law clients in 2007 while attending Suffolk University Law School in Boston. She continued her Elder Law work following her admission to the Massachusetts Bar in 2009. Prior to joining Siemens Family Law Group, Ana was an Associate with Margolis & Bloom, LLP, in Boston, with a practice devoted exclusively to Elder Law and Estate Planning, including Long-Term Care Planning, Guardianship, and Probate Administration.

Ana also associates with Jim Siemens on Family Law cases. She enjoys assisting clients with planning to avoid crises, and in navigating them when they occur, whether the context is of a family law or elder law nature.

Ana looks forward to helping the practice’s family law clients get their estate planning matters in order, as well as working with clients exclusively on elder law and estate planning matters.

YLD Holiday Bowling Party

YLD Members – Mark your calendars for next Thursday, December 19th, for the Young Lawyers Division’s Annual Holiday Party!

Grab a pair of old socks and a festive holiday sweater and join us at Sky Lanes on Patton Ave in West Asheville. We’ll reserve a few lanes starting at 7 p.

Significant others / families welcome!
Please RSVP (meredith_fields@hotmail.com) if you plan to attend.
The YLD will cover the first 3 lanes (15 bowlers) so please RSVP ASAP.
The YLD will also provide a bunch of delicious snack bar fare for all attendees…

Added bonus: after bowling, Sky Lanes has Karaoke Night on Thursdays starting at 9 p.m. So if you are all gutter balls on the lanes, maybe you can show off your vocal skills a little later in the evening!

Roberts & Stevens welcomes new attorneys, John D. Noor and V. Morgan Peterson

Noor is a litigation attorney focusing on environmental law, complex business litigation, governmental affairs, and public policy. Noor graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his Juris Doctor where he graduated with honors. After law school, Noor served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Calvin E. Murphy on the North Carolina Business Court. Prior to his clerkship, Noor was a summer clerk to the Honorable Robert C. Hunter, Jr. on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and, before attending law school, worked for UNC President Erskine Bowles.

Noor has been involved in cases concerning a broad range of companies, from multi-billion dollar financial institutions, to small, closely-held family businesses. In his environmental practice, Noor has worked on Brownfields Redevelopment, permitting under the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, nuisance actions, administrative rulemaking, oil and natural gas leasing, and energy performance contracting. While with the Business Court, John worked on cases involving shareholder rights disputes, corporate mergers and acquisitions, trade secrets, employment covenants, unfair and deceptive trade practices, international discovery, and other business torts. Noor also has experience with government taxation of internet commerce, municipal negotiations and litigation over utility pole attachment rates, condemnation, and environmental sustainability.

Peterson, a Labor and Employment Law attorney, advises and represents small and large businesses and human resource professionals about the numerous laws affecting the workplace. She advises clients on a broad range of issues including: wage and hour compliance, non-compete agreements, employee handbooks, employee benefits, personnel policies, employment discrimination, and contracts and procedures. Peterson works closely with clients to prevent potential problems with day-to-day counseling on an array of human resource issues and proactive strategies. If and when a dispute cannot be resolved informally, Peterson is prepared to defend her client’s best interest in litigation.

During her undergraduate studies at Appalachian State University, Peterson was a service learning volunteer with North Carolina Legal Aid. While attending The Charleston School of Law, Peterson served as editor in chief for Volume VII of the Charleston Law Review. She also served as a volunteer with the 16th Judicial Circuit Public Defenders Office of South Carolina. Peterson’s volunteer work and editorial experiences have equipped her with skills that may be utilized in the pursuit of her client’s best inte