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Stephen L. Cash

Biography

As a criminal defense and personal injury attorney, I often first meet clients on some of the worst days of their lives.  Through compassion, patience, and a thorough, intellectual, and practical knowledge of the law and the legal system, I have consistently been able to provide an elite level of representation to these people and their families.

After graduating from law school in 2008, I practiced law in a wide variety of areas, including civil rights defense, insurance defense, and general civil litigation.  During this time I developed a talent for trial work, successfully representing clients ranging from national banks to individuals in jury trials across Western North Carolina.  This broad base of legal knowledge and experience allowed me to understand problems from a variety of viewpoints, and to be able to effectively analyze the positions of both my clients and the opposing parties.  In 2012 I transitioned my practice to the areas that I was passionate about – defending people charged with crimes and those wronged by others.  This focus of practice areas was immediately successful, and I have been recognized as a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2013 in business litigation and criminal defense, and by Business North Carolina magazine as a Legal Elite, Young Gun in 2016.  Despite practicing less than 10 years, I currently maintain Martindale Hubbell BV-distinguished rating.

Next to zealous advocacy for my clients, I consider service to our community to be a vital part of my profession.  I serve on several boards of directors in the area, including the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina.  In addition, my wife and I serve as a foster home for numerous shelters and animal welfare organizations in Western North Carolina.

I was born in Fletcher and raised in Fairview, just outside of Asheville.  I come from a family of legal professionals, as my father is a retired judge and my step-father a respected attorney.  Upon graduation from law school in New Mexico, I practiced law in a respected litigation defense firm in Albuquerque.   After the birth of my first daughter, my wife and I made the easy choice of returning to my home town and settled down in the Asheville area to raise our family. I currently reside with my wife and two daughters on a small farm in Madison County.

Education

University of North Carolina, BA, 2003

University of New Mexico, School of Law, JD, 2008

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Mexico Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina

Practices & Industries

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Civil Rights
  • Business Litigation

Professional

Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite: Young Guns, 2016-2017

Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite:  Criminal Law, 2017

North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star: Business Litigation, 2013; Criminal Defense, 2014-2017

Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent

North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Executive Council, 2011 to 2015

Harry C. Martin Inns of Court

North Carolina Bar Association

Distinguished Young Lawyer Award for 28th Judicial Bar District, inaugural award, 2016

Community Service

Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina, Board of Directors, 2015- present

Smart Start of Buncombe County, Board of Directors, 2012-present

Foster home for Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky rescue groups, 2005-2009

Foster home for Howlin4Spirit reserve and sanctuary, 2009-2011

Foster Home for Brother Wolf, 2011 to 2016

Foster Home for Asheville Humane Society, 2014 to present

Pisgah Legal Services, pro bono legal services, 2009-present