The Van Winkle Law Firm Congratulates Newest Principals

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that the following attorneys have been advanced to principal: Jackson Bebber, Ryan Coffield, Heather Whitaker Goldstein and William Heedy.

Bebber focuses his practice on general civil litigation, eminent domain defense, and commercial and residential real estate litigation. He currently serves on the UNC Law Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Coffield is the firm’s business practice group leader, where he works with small and mid-size businesses on all phases of corporate life, including entity choice, formation, ongoing operations, reorganizations and owner transition strategies. His experience in the areas of corporate and non-profit taxation allows him to provide a valuable, unique perspective on his clients’ legal issues.

Goldstein is an elder law attorney and focuses on incapacity planning, client advocacy and litigation in a wide variety of situations where an elderly person is vulnerable to exploitation. She assists clients with drafting powers of attorney, incompetency and guardianship proceedings, will contests, trust modifications, estate-related litigation, and claims by and against individuals who are serving as executor, trustee, or agent under a power of attorney. She also assists clients with creating estate plans and planning for long-term care public benefits, and she advises executors, trustees, and guardians on the administration of estates.

Heedy is a registered patent attorney having experience in all matters related to U.S. and foreign patent preparation and prosecution, trademarks and copyrights. He advises clients on matters relating to licensing, handling cease and desist disputes for patents and trademarks, and analyzing patent portfolios, including due diligence for patent portfolio acquisitions. Heedy is also a member of the firm’s litigation practice, where he focuses on matters relating to intellectual property.

“Congratulations to Jackson, Ryan, Heather and William on their advancement to principals with the firm,” said Steve Grabenstein, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “These attorneys are an integral part of our firm’s growth and are deeply committed to serving our clients. We are fortunate to have them on our team.”

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