New Book from Bar Member Mike Wimer

Attorney Mike Wimer of Asheville Legal, writing as Michael Winstead, recently released his second book in the Ultimate series. Following up on the success of Ultimate Verdict, the new book tracks Judge Raleigh Westlake and his cabal of vigilantes as they fight for justice outside the court system.

Here is a quick overview of the book:

A Judge holds secret trials in a mobile courtroom. A prosecutor is blinded by revenge. A Russian spy embedded in America weaves a web of deception and carries out acts of terrorism. In this second installment in the Ultimate series, the secret tribunal, led by Judge Raleigh Westlake, must confront enemies from within. Their quest for justice for innocent victims leads them straight into the path of a Russian terrorist. As they become the targets, the cabal must confront their most difficult dilemma. Do they save themselves, or an innocent man?”

Ultimate Deception is now available in both paperback and Kindle version on Amazon. Click here for more information. To catch up on the first book in the series, Ultimate Verdict, you can find it here.

The Van Winkle Law Firm Congratulates Newest Principal BJ Kilgore

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that attorney BJ Kilgore has advanced to principal with the firm.

Kilgore joined the firm 2016 and focuses his practice on probate law, trust & estate planning, trust and estate administration and trust reformations and terminations. His experience ranges from creating Powers of Attorneys and working with clients on Health Care documents to significant experience in wealth management where he guides clients in maintaining, preserving, protecting and transferring wealth from one generation to another. He strategically handles each client’s unique circumstances in a manner consistent with their goals. Kilgore is active in the local community and serves on Pisgah Legal Services Young Professionals Board, the Professional Advisory Committee to the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and the Executive Committee of Highland’s Circle (United Way). He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Appalachian State University in 2007 and his law degree from Campbell University in 2012.

“Congratulations to BJ on his advancement to principal with the firm” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “BJ exhibits dedication and excellent service to his 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. Van Winkle is the largest law firm headquartered in Asheville. With licensed attorneys serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit

Call 4 All Volunteers!

Calling all lawyers! The NC Bar Association is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Call 4 All pro bono service day in Asheville on March 1st.  Volunteers will share their expertise by taking calls from neighbors across WNC who are in need of legal advice. Participants identities are confidential and Legal Aid and Pisgah Legal Services staff will be on site to help answer questions.  Interested attorneys can register through the following link

WNC Chapter – NCAWA Luncheon Honoring Jacqueline Grant

Please join us as we celebrate one of our very own Western North Carolina women attorneys, Jacqueline Grant, for her accomplishment in serving as the President of the North Carolina Bar Association. Luncheon to be held at Pack’s Tavern, 20 S. Spruce St., Asheville, NC 28801, on February 20th, at 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP to


Attorney Susan Russo Klein Joins Roberts & Stevens Law Firm

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that attorney Susan Russo Klein has joined the firm. Russo Klein will work with the firm’s labor and employment law and business law teams, advising and representing employers and businesses of all sizes.

Russo Klein brings to her practice more than 14 years of experience as in-house counsel for businesses, drafting and negotiating business contracts, advising on employment-related matters, and managing acquisitions.

Before joining Roberts & Stevens, Russo Klein served as general counsel for a hospitality company based in Asheville, where she resolved employment law issues, drafted and negotiated contracts, and recommended risk management strategies for hotels, fitness centers and other businesses.

“Susan is a great addition to our firm,” said Vince Childress of Roberts & Stevens. “Her experience working as in-house counsel for businesses in different industries, hospitality in particular, has given her a broad skill set and a unique perspective that will serve our clients and our team well.”

Russo Klein earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina and her law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the North Carolina Bar Association, where she is part of the Corporate Counsel and Real Property sections.

In the community, Russo Klein volunteers with Pisgah Legal Services and is a North Carolina Bar Association Call 4All participant. She is also co-founder of the Asheville Area Paralegal Association and a member of the St. Eugene Catholic Church Parish Council.

The Roberts & Stevens labor and employment law practice advises employers of all sizes, from family-run startups to large corporations, in all aspects of employment counseling and litigation. The firm’s business law team provides comprehensive legal representation to businesses facing a variety of legal issues, from starting a business and handling daily legal concerns to dealing with complex matters such as mergers, acquisitions, and the sales of businesses.