Retired Judge Marvin Pope Joins Mediation Practice

Retired Judge Marvin Pope has joined the mediation practice of Rebecca B. Knight following his retirement on January 31, 2021. Marvin was in the general practice of law from 1973 to 2001 and served as a District and Superior Court Judge from 2001 to 2021. The practice will be known as Pope and Knight Mediation, LLC and will mediate as well as arbitrate matters in controversy concerning family law financial settlements, child support, visitation, equitable distribution, Superior Court matters including business law, construction law, labor relations, labor
relations, etc. In addition, Marvin is available for consultation concerning jury selection as well as trial tactics.

For any of these needs please contact Rebecca Knight at – (828)301-6438 or
Marvin Pope at: – (828)275-1007

Barbour, Searson, Jones & Cash Attorneys Recognized As Top Litigators

Fred Barbour, Brad Searson, Scott Jones, and Steve Cash have each been recognized by numerous organizations as top North Carolina lawyers in their fields of specialty in 2021.  Fred, Brad, Scott, and Steve have been included as Super Lawyers in 2021 in the fields of dispute resolution, personal injury, business litigation, and criminal defense, respectively. Every lawyer in the firm is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.
In addition, Fred, Scott, and Brad have been recognized in 2021 as Best Lawyers in America, with Brad recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for personal injury litigation in Asheville.
Scott has been recognized as a 2021 Legal Elite in litigation and in business by Business North Carolina magazine.
Barbour, Searson, Jones & Cash, PLLC is a litigation oriented law firm that ably handles a wide variety of serious matters that often end up in the courtroom.  For more information on the firm and its lawyers visit

DHW Attorney Missy Spainhour Recognized as 2021 Super Lawyer in Employment & Labor Category

Davis Hartman Wright PLLC is proud to announce that Shannon (“Missy”) Spainhour has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” for 2021 in the practice area of Employment & Labor law. Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in North Carolina via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation.

Missy is also an NC Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Superior Court mediator and frequently conducts independent workplace investigations.

For more information about Missy and her practice, please see



Arbitration Panel Formed

It is with great pleasure that Retired Chief District Court Judge Gary Cash, Retired District and Superior Court Judge Marvin Pope and Retired District Court Judge Rebecca Knight announce they have formed an arbitration panel to serve Western North Carolina courts, attorneys and litigants.  They will arbitrate a wide range of cases including matters pending in Superior and District Courts, pre-litigation disputes and complex family law matters involving equitable distribution, high conflict custody and visitation, alimony and child support.  Due to their lengthy service and expertise as trial judges, parties will receive a fair, equitable and speedy resolution to matters that otherwise may take years to work through the courts and appellate reviews.  Attorneys will be able to promptly dispose of important legal matters and trust that all legal and factual issues are carefully deliberated and professionally disposed of with comprehensive orders.  The panel will sit together and hear cases based on the N.C. Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, the N.C. Family Law Arbitration Act, or such other procedures as agreed to by all parties and the panel.  For more information and to schedule matters for arbitration, you may contact Gary (, Marvin ( or Becky (


The Van Winkle Law Firm Congratulates New Partners

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that it has promoted three attorneys to partner. Attorneys Koral Alman and Anderson Ellis from Hendersonville and Jonathan Dunlap from Asheville were advanced to partner at the firm’s year-end meeting in January 2021.

Mrs. Alman’s practice focuses primarily on trust and estate planning and administration. She works closely with clients to determine their specific goals and develop a customized plan to meet their unique needs. In addition to being licensed in North Carolina, she is also licensed in Florida. Mr. Ellis works with local, regional, and national businesses through all stages of development and growth, including business formation, mergers and acquisitions, and general operations. Mr. Ellis is licensed in North Carolina and Tennessee. Mr. Dunlap handles appeals as well as complex litigation matters involving healthcare, land use, construction, employment, and business law. He holds licenses in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

These talented members of the Van Winkle team have made an impact through their work for clients and their dedication to serving the legal needs of their respective communities. “Congratulations to Koral, Anderson, and Jonathan on their advancement to partner” said Steve Grabenstein, President of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “Each attorney exhibits dedication and excellent service to their clients and has been a tremendous asset to the firm.”

For more than 100 years, the attorneys at The Van Winkle Law Firm have provided a premier level of strategic legal counsel and services to meet clients’ personal, estate planning, commercial, business, and litigation needs. Headquartered in Asheville, Van Winkle is the largest law firm in Western North Carolina. With licensed attorneys serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit