Nine Attorneys From The Van Winkle Law Firm Recognized As 2020 Super Lawyers®

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that nine attorneys with the firm have been named 2020 Super Lawyers®. Those recognized in their areas of law are:

Dale Curriden (Personal Injury-Medical Malpractice: Defense)

Stephen J. Grabenstein (Estate and Trust Litigation)

Robert H. Haggard (Estate Planning and Probate)

William G. Heedy (Intellectual Property, Rising Stars 2020)

Craig D. Justus (Land Use/Zoning)

John G. Kelso (Estate Planning and Probate)

BJ Kilgore (Estate Planning and Probate, Rising Stars 2020)

Larry S. McDevitt (Antitrust Litigation)

Mark A. Pinkston (Creditor Debtor Rights)

Super Lawyers® selects attorneys through a multiphase patented selection process that includes peer nominations and evaluations combined with independent research. Candidates are evaluated based on 12 indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition that include, among others, verdicts and settlements, experience, special licenses and certifications, honors and awards, and professional activity. Selections are made annually on a state by state basis with only 5 percent of attorneys being selected from each state. To learn more, visit

“The Van Winkle Law Firm is proud of our colleagues for earning this distinguished recognition from our peers for the 14th consecutive year,” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law 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. The Van Winkle Law Firm is the largest law firm headquartered in Asheville. With licensed attorneys serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit

Break The Silence 2020

Please join Our VOICE for their largest fundraiser of the year: Break the Silence 2020, featuring Amber Tamblyn, co-founder of TIME’S UP, actor and best-selling author, in Asheville Thursday, March 12 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville.  This event directly supports Our VOICE’s 24/7 crisis services for survivors of sexual violence, and sustains vital prevention programming in schools across WNC.  Tickets are now on sale at It takes a community to stop sexual violence and we hope you’ll join Our VOICE at this powerful event and essential fundraiser!

Two McGuire Wood & Bissette Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”

Congratulations to Susan Barbour and Lou Bissette on their recognition from Best Lawyers® as 2020 “Lawyers of the Year.” Susan received the honor for her work in Real Estate Law and Lou for his work in Corporate Law. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each practice area and geographic region.

Hensley Cloninger, P.C. Honored

John Hensley and Jack Cloninger have been honored as North Carolina Super Lawyers for 2020. John was selected for his work in Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice and Jack for his work in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. Both John and Jack are AV Preeminent rated lawyers by Martindale Hubbell. At Hensley Cloninger, P.C., we are committed to providing exceptional legal services and personal attention to those who have suffered serious injuries and damages due to negligence, medical errors, and workplace accidents.