GHMA|LAW ranked in 2022 “Best Law Firms”

The GHMA|LAW firm has been ranked in the 2022 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in America.  The firm is the recipient of the Tier 1 Metropolitan Award for Family Law Practice in Asheville. The GHMA|LAW firm has been continuously listed in “Best Law Firms” since the award’s inception in 2010.  The inclusion methodology utilized by Best Law Firms can be found on their website at

GHMA|LAW is a family law firm that serves clients throughout Western North Carolina.  To find out more about the GHMA|LAW firm, visit the website at

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP In 2022 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

Grimes Teich Anderson LLP is happy to announce that it has earned rankings in the 2022 Edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America® “Best Law Firms” for Asheville.  The firm is ranked Tier 1 Metropolitan for Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants and Tier 2 Metropolitan for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.

Firms are ranked based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and peer reviews. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have at least one lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes 5% of lawyers practicing in the United States. Attorneys Henry Teich, Scott Anderson, and Anna Hamrick are listed in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. More about the methodology can be found here:

Established for more than 40 years, Grimes Teich Anderson is a North Carolina and South Carolina Injury & Disability firm with offices in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. The firm handles personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security disability, employment law/ discrimination, and veterans law cases. Read more about Grimes Teich Anderson here:

Upcoming CLE with the Mediation Center: Social Media and the Law: Beyond the Basics

Join the Mediation Center for a 3.5 hour (including 1 hour of technology credit), Social Media and the Law: Beyond the Basics continuing legal education webinar on Friday, December 10, 2021 or February 4, 2022 from 9:00am-12:45pm. Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate and share information. These changes have raised complex legal issues that are relevant to lawyers across all areas of practice. In this seminar, we will explore these issues and the governing legal principles surrounding social media content and its use.
Presenters include attorneys Sabrina Rockoff (McGuire, Wood & Bissette), Milton Fletcher (Assistant District Attorney in the 35th Prosecutorial District), Alex Gomes (Montford Family Law), and Janet Amburgey (Gum, Hillier, McCroskey & Amburgey, P.A).  The Mediation Center is an approved CLE sponsor under the regulations promulgated by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education.
To register, please visit (December), (February) or email

AAPA Is On Hiatus

We have all been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another, and that includes AAPA.  Our ability to offer quality continued paralegal education through our monthly Lunch-n-Learns, as well as our Spring and Fall seminars, has been greatly impacted.  As a result, it has become increasingly difficult to find speakers who are willing to participate in our meetings and seminars, as many folks are still working remotely and workloads have continued to increase for all involved.

Therefore, the Board has decided that AAPA will go on hiatus until April of 2022, at which time we will resume our regularly scheduled programming, including our Annual Meeting, monthly Lunch-n Learns, our Spring seminar and a fun, inclusive membership drive.  Basically, we are taking a break in order to re-group, refresh and renew so that we can come back stronger than ever and ready to offer you the quality continued paralegal education you have come to know so well.

If you are in need of CPE credits for your certification, please visit the NC State Bar website for assistance.  We would also suggest visiting the websites of NCPA and NALA.

If you have already paid your dues for this year, those dues will be applied to next year.  If you are interested in joining AAPA, you may either wait until April to do so, or you may go ahead and join now, with the understanding that your dues will go towards your membership for 2022.

We wish each of you a joyous holiday season with your families, as well as good health and prosperity in the new year!  See you in April!


The AAPA Board of Directors


In Memoriam – O.E. Starnes

We regret to inform you that O.E. Starnes, Jr., passed away on Monday, October 25, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, October 29, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church of Asheville. The obituary can be found at this link.