In Memoriam

We regret to inform you that Michael Gregory Ferguson, age 54, died on Monday, April 16, 2018. To view Mr. Ferguson’s obituary, please click here.

Fisher Stark, PA Welcomes Attorney Megan Silver

Fisher Stark, P.A. is pleased to announce Megan Silver has joined the firm.

Megan was born and raised in Weaverville, North Carolina. Megan earned her bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and in 2009, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elon University School of Law. With over 8 years of litigation experience, Megan will focus primarily on personal injury and eminent domain.

Founded in 2007, Fisher Stark, P.A. is client-centered and results-driven. The firm provides exceptional service to clients in the areas of personal injury and condemnation. With professionalism, compassion, and a combined courtroom experience of nearly seven decades, we help our clients achieve their goals, maximize their recovery and go to trial if necessary.


Jim Barrett Presented with Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award at Pisgah Legal’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

On Wednesday, April 11 at the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Pisgah Legal Services, Executive Director Jim Barrett was presented with North Carolina’s governor’s highest civilian honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award. This honor is given to individuals with a proven record of extraordinary service to the state.

Senator Terry Van Duyn presented the award to Barrett with approximately 400 Pisgah Legal supporters cheering in the ballroom of the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. Earlier in the evening, Pisgah Legal Services also paid tribute to outstanding supporters: Pat Smith, James Ellis, and Sarah Corley.

Gene R. Nichol, UNC School of Law’s Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor and poverty law expert, also addressed the crowd. He praised Pisgah Legal Services as his “favorite legal aid organization in the world,” saying,” We don’t just mouth phrases like ‘justice for all.’ We mean to demand them, to live ‘em out.”

Barrett first came to Pisgah Legal Services in 1983 as part of a two-year poverty law fellowship. After practicing housing and community development law for 10 years, he became the nonprofit law firm’s executive director. Under his leadership, Pisgah Legal Services has grown dramatically, from helping 2,080 low-income people annually in 1993 to more than 15,700 people in 2017. This year marks the nonprofit’s 40th Anniversary, and Barrett has been with Pisgah Legal for almost 35 of those years.

For more information, about the history and impact of Pisgah Legal Services, visit

Photo cutline: Senator Terry Van Duyn presents The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award to Jim Barrett. (Jesse Kitt photo)

Mediation Center’s Speak Your Peace 2018 Features Susan Burton

The Mediation Center’s “Speak Your Peace 2018” on Monday, May 7, 2018, features guest speaker, Susan Burton.  Ms. Burton’s memoir is entitled Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.  The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at AB Tech Ferguson Auditorium.  Tickets are $12.  Register online at



MediationWorks NC Hosts Open House on May 9

Please join Sarah Corley of MediationWorks NC for an Open House at the Space for Collaborative Solutions, 34 Wall St., Suite 401, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 9.  Sarah Corley and Sara Bensman, of Sara Bensman Mediation & Consulting, and Robin Funsten, of Community Conflict Solutions, will open their offices to the community to rededicate the space to the quest for collaborative solutions to conflict.  Beer, wine and light appetizers will be provided.  For questions, contact Sarah Corley at (828) 779-9327.  No RSVP required.