Teague Campbell Included in the 2018 Best Law Firms List

Released by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

Teague Campbell is proud to announce that the firm has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® in their 2018 Best Law Firms rankings.  U.S. News reports that, “firms included in the 2018 Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.”  Teague Campbell received notable rankings in both the Raleigh and Asheville metropolitan areas.

Metropolitan Tier 1

Asheville-Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Raleigh-Insurance Law, Litigation – Municipal, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Metropolitan Tier 2

Raleigh- Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

Metropolitan Tier 3

Raleigh- Commercial Litigation

 About “Best Law Firms”

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty.

About Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, LLP

Teague Campbell is a North Carolina based law firm, with offices in Raleigh and Asheville, that assists and defends employers, business owners and insurers with workers’ compensation claims, employment disputes, accident and injury claims, and contract and general business law issues. As a dedicated defense firm, Teague Campbell is able to provide a more personalized service that is not often found in larger, more generalized firms. In addition, the firm remains on the cutting edge of North Carolina appellate law, having appeared as counsel of record in many of the landmark decisions that have defined the basic tenets of North Carolina law as it relates to the areas of civil litigation and workers’ compensation.


Grimes Teich Anderson LLP Ranked In 2018 Best Law Firms® and Attorneys Henry Teich and Anna Hamrick On 2018 Best Lawyers® lists

U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® have announced that Grimes Teich Anderson LLP is listed in their 2018 edition of Best Law Firms®.  Additionally, attorneys Henry Teich and Anna Hamrick are listed in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America® for Workers Compensation Law-Claimants.

It is the second year the firm has received the Tier 1 metropolitan ranking for Workers’ Compensation Law-Claimants designation.  In its announcement, U.S. News and World Report writes, “Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.  Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.”

The Best Lawyers® designation recognizes the top 4 percent of lawyers in the U.S. and is based entirely on peer reviews. It is the third year that Teich, a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law since 2000, is listed.

To be eligible to be listed in Best Law Firms® a firm must have at least one attorney listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers®.  A rigorous evaluation process including client feedback and peer reviews are used to determine the designation. Law firms may not pay to be listed.

Established for more than 35 years, Grimes Teich Anderson has eight offices in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. The firm handles personal injury, workers’ compensation, social security disability, short term/long term disability, employment law/ discrimination, veterans law, and construction defect cases.

Free Mindfulness-based Coaching for Attorneys

Lawyers and judges in the 28th Judicial District may now request 3 cost-free executive coaching sessions with Laura Mahr, Esq. of Conscious Legal Minds through BarCARES to work on work-life balance, stress, mindfulness, career transitions, and related topics. In order to set up your first session with Laura through BarCARES, call 800-640-0735 during business hours. The program coordinator, Paige Barnett, will take your confidential call. You can specifically request 3 sessions with Laura each calendar year. Once Paige confirms that you are a member of the 28th Judicial District and have not yet used your 3 free sessions for the year, you are good to go! Laura will then contact you to schedule your sessions over the phone, virtually, or in person at her Charlotte Street office in Asheville. To find out more about Laura’s mindfulness and neuroscience-based coaching practice visit https://laura-mahr.squarespace.com/personal-consulting/

Reception for Professor Allan Gerson

In honor of Professor Allan M. Gerson’s distinguished teaching career and service to the paralegal community, please join South College at the dedication of the Library Legal Reference Section in his name with a reception to follow.

Ceremony: Wednesday, November 15, 2017,  5:30 PM.

South College, Asheville Campus
140 Sweeten Creek Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803

Jenny Carleton

Getting it Settled: Resolving Tough Cases and Thorny Controversies

All registration fees from the program benefit The Mediation Center
Friday, December 1, 2017
9:00am – 4:15pm
$300 per person
$275 early bird for the first 10 people
with presenters Fred Barbour, Brian Davis, Joy McIver, Bill Wolcott, Kip Marshall,and Sharon Alexander
6 hours of CLE credit:  5 hours general, one hour ethics, approved by the  North Carolina Board of Continuing Legal Education
Light snacks, coffee, and water are included.  Add a boxed lunch to your registration for $10.
Western Carolina University Asheville Campus at Biltmore Park

Job Opening: Managing Attorney at Pisgah Legal Services

Pisgah Legal Services Managing Attorney: Mountain Violence Prevention Project

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Pisgah Legal Services’ primary service area includes six WNC counties, in a mostly rural setting. The organization has offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, Rutherfordton, Brevard, and Marshall.  With a dedicated staff of nearly sixty, including attorneys and support staff, and an active pro bono panel of 300 private attorneys, the program serves more than 15,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, and consumer law. Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based non-profit governed by a local Board of Directors.

Scope of the position

Under direct supervision of the PLS Executive Director, the PLS Managing Attorneys are responsible for extensive responsibilities in each of the following categories:

  • Operational and program management, including structural oversight
  • Legal advocacy and implementation of PLS mission and priorities
  • Fiscal responsibility and budget management
  • Program development
  • Data reports  and program evaluation
  • Agency legal practice and liability risk-management
  • Professional development and staff training
  • Community engagement
  • Strategic planning
  • Other duties as needed


  • Oversee the DV Mountain Violence Prevention Project (MVPP) program  and other programs as funding and resources require
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with partner agencies
  • Manage program implementation and data reporting appropriate to the Managing Attorney’s teams and programs
  • Supervise team leaders and non-team leader staff members according to supervision chart
  • Implement training for staff
  • Participate in management meetings and strategic planning
  • Represent PLS at community meetings and on boards related to policy areas, poverty law practice and funding goals
  • Work closely with Fundraising team to ensure the community is educated about the work of PLS
  • Organize, oversee and provide impact advocacy on broad-reaching poverty law issues
  • Work with in-house volunteers—attorneys and non-attorneys– to maximize support and advocacy efforts
  • Ensure case handling supervision and support on a regular basis to advocates
  • Strategize program development that aligns and supports the PLS mission.
  • Review, analyze and submit program budgets
  • Write and submit grant/funding reports
  • Research and develop new grant and funding opportunities
  • Monitor data for compliance with funding requirements for each team
  • Conduct program evaluation
  • Monitor, in collaboration with Program Directors, advocate case workloads to ensure the appropriate level of cases commensurate with advocate experience and supervision
  • Address internal and external conflicts of interest and resolve
  • Analyze programmatic and employee risk-management issues and respond appropriately
  • Ensure PLS compliance with all federal and statute regulatory bodies
  • Adhere to and make certain that supervisees adhere to PLS personnel manual, case acceptance standards and supervision guidelines.
  • Oversee the day-to-day legal operations of PLS
  •  Respond to client and community complaints and grievances



  • Licensed to practice law in any state (NC preferred)
  • Experience in Family Law – custody, divorce, equitable distribution, domestic violence
  • At least 5 years of experience practicing law
  • Supervision experience required
  • Meticulous organizational habits with the ability to manage large amounts of information, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
  • A demonstrated interest in low-income legal work
  • Ability to work effectively with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trauma

Salary/Benefits:  Depending on experience.  Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.

Applications:  Please submit resume and cover letter to Employment@pisgahlegal.org.

Pisgah Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Racial minorities, women, the elderly and disabled are encouraged to apply.

Howard Gum Launches ADR Practice in Asheville

The family and bankruptcy law firm of Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, PA, is proud to announce that Howard L. Gum has launched a new Alternative Dispute Resolution practice in Asheville that accompanies his divorce litigation practice.  He will offer mediation, arbitration, and neutral evaluation services to divorce lawyers in Western North Carolina  and consultancy in complex divorce matters where additional expertise is required.  Gum, Hillier & McCroskey’s new ADR website can be found at http://AshevilleADR.com.

Mr. Gum is an active member of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.  He has served several terms as a councilor, Committee Member, and two terms as Chair of the Family Law Section.  He is the only lawyer in North Carolina to have served two terms as chair of the Family Law Section.  In 1987, the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization formed the Family Law Specialty Committee for the purpose of establishing a Specialty Certification in Family Law. Mr. Gum chaired the initial committee and continued to serve in that capacity for six years while the standards for certification of family law were developed.  In 1996, Mr. Gum was appointed to the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization which oversees the administration of all specialty certifications permitted in North Carolina. He served as both Vice Chair and Chair of the Board of Legal Specialization through June of 2001.

In 2000, Mr. Gum was appointed by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to serve on committees of the North Carolina Administrative Office of Courts.  At the time, he was one of only two attorneys in private practice serving on the Family Courts Advisory Committee of the Administrative Office of Courts.  Mr. Gum was reappointed in 2001 and again in 2004 to three year terms on the FCAC.  Prior to 2000, he served on the Administrative Office of the Courts Ad Hoc Advisory Committee chaired by Judge John Snow, to develop a NC Uniform Continuance Policy. He also served on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Lawyer Effectiveness and Quality of Life Committee, and previously served on the Board of Directors of North Carolina BarCARES, Inc.

In 2006, he was elected as the 28th Judicial District Councilor to the North Carolina State Bar, the state regulatory agency charged with regulating lawyers and the practice of law in North Carolina, where he served on the executive, grievance, administrative and authorized practice of law committees.  He served the 28th in this capacity through 2015. Also in 2006, the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization established the Howard L. Gum Service Award, honoring his commitment to excellence in the profession through his service towards legal specialization in North Carolina.  He served as president of the NC Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a 6-year commitment (president-elect, president and immediate past president) as well as other committees within that organization. At its 2017 Annual Meeting, Mr. Gum was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association.

He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1992 and was a charter member of the North Carolina Chapter.  He has been included in Best Lawyers in America consistently for more than 20 years and listed as the 2014 Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in Asheville.  He has been included in North Carolina Super Lawyers since its inception in North Carolina in 2006 and included in its Top 100 list in 2011 and 2012.  In 2011, Mr. Gum was awarded the Leaders in the Law Award, given by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly and Elon University School of Law.  In 2012, he was awarded the North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section’s Distinguished Service Award, a recognition which hadn’t been awarded since 2000.  In 2016, Howard received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award, arguably the highest recognition of the North Carolina State Bar for Service to the profession. In 2017.

Established in 1979, Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, P.A. is an Asheville-based family and bankruptcy law firm servicing clients in western North Carolina with a unique emphasis in dispute resolution. The firm helps individuals and families create lasting resolutions to marital conflict and financial crisis. The partners in the firm are North Carolina Board Certified Legal Specialists in their respective fields of family and bankruptcy law, and are mediators and arbitrators. To find out more about the Gum, Hillier & McCroskey firm, visit their website at http://gumandhillier.com.  For more information about Howard’s ADR practice, click the link to AshevilleADR above.  

Expunction CLE

Pisgah Legal Services and the 28th Judicial District Bar are pleased to present an Expunction CLE on Thursday, November 9th. The CLE will focus on maximizing relief for those with prior justice contact. The session will cover topics including: expunctions, certificates of relief, motions of appropriate relief, and juvenile expunctions. LeAnn Melton, Buncombe County Chief Public Defender and Latoya Gardner, Pisgah Legal Services’ Expunction Project Coordinator will be presenting. Participants are eligible for 3 hours of CLE credit from the NC Bar. This CLE training is free to all current MAVL volunteers and to any new volunteer attorneys who sign on to take two pro bono cases through our MAVL program in the next year. The Program will cost $75 for participants who do not wish to volunteer. To sign up, please click here.