I have been practicing law for more than 30 years, primarily in Asheville and greater western North Carolina. My practice is entirely litigation, representing parties in disputed matters. This includes personal injury, business disputes, contract claims, and professional liability. I have tried more than 100 cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts, and have helped clients reach settlement without trial in many more. I was certified as a mediator in 2002 and have successfully mediated more than 1,000 cases. Trial and mediation experience has given me unique perspective and insight into how to get disputes resolved both inside and outside the courtroom. I have been trained in collaborative law.
I enjoy the challenge of representing clients in difficult circumstances and am rewarded by the professional satisfaction of helping clients resolve their problems.
I went to undergraduate school and earned my law degree at the University of North Carolina. I have a peer review rating of “AV” from Martindale-Hubbel (its highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards). Business North Carolina has recognized me as one of the state’s top litigators. My peers have recognized me in “SuperLawyers” for several years as an outstanding mediator. My peers have also included me in the 2009 and subsequent editions of the U.S. News “Best Lawyers.”
I have been fortunate to experience rewarding work through community service. For more than 25 years, Pisgah Legal Services has referred clients to me as a volunteer lawyer for persons unable to afford legal services. I served as board president, board member, and occasionally drove nails for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. I still serve as voluntary legal counsel for Habitat. I have assisted those in need on disaster relief projects in eastern North Carolina, Haywood County, Florida, and Mississippi.