Gary Cash published in NC Bar Journal 2017 Fall Edition

Gary Cash is please to share with you that his mediation article, “The Dispute Resolution Commission and the Evolving Face of Mediation in North Carolina” has been published in the North Carolina Bar Journal, and will appear in the Fall 2017 edition.

For interested lawyers and their clients, the article can be found on his mediation website at this link:

Gary Cash served the 28th Judicial District as a Judge from 1986 until 2002, and as Chief District Judge from that time to 2010, when he retired and began his dispute resolution practice in Asheville.  In 2014, Gary was appointed Chair of the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (DRC) where he served through the fall of last year.  This article encompasses the evolution of mediation and dispute resolution in North Carolina, and celebrates the challenges and accomplishments of the DRC, then in its 20th year.

The Van Winkle Law Firm Launches Public Policy Lectures October 12 with Lecture by David Brooks

The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today its commitment to offer an ongoing public policy lecture series geared toward the thoughtful consideration of and discussion around important policy issues that face Buncombe County, the state and the nation. The Van Winkle Law Firm Public Policy Lectures begins October 12 at UNC Asheville’s Kimmel Arena in the Wilma M. Sherrill Center. The Van Winkle Law Firm partnered with The David and Lin Brown Visionary Lecture Series and UNC Asheville to bring The New York Times columnist and social and political commentator David Brooks to Asheville.

While the October 12 event with David Brooks is free to the public, all seats were quickly reserved and a waiting list now exists for any last minute cancellations. In addition to his contributions to The New York Times, Mr. Brooks regularly appears on NBC’s Meet the Press, PBS Newshour and NPR’s All Things Considered. In his writing and public speaking, Brooks examines and analyzes American society’s impact on current politics.

“We are honored to partner with UNCA and Chancellor and Ms. Brown in sponsoring Mr. Brooks,” said Caroline Knox, president of The Van Winkle Law Firm. “The interest in this first lecture in our new Public Policy Lecture series has been overwhelming.” The Van Winkle Law Firm Public Policy Lectures was developed out of a desire within the firm to encourage and promote constructive and thoughtful analysis of and conversation about public policy issues.

“Having provided legal services to western North Carolinians over multiple generations, we knew that the timing was right for informed discussions around policy issues,” said Knox. “The Van Winkle Law Firm Public Policy Lectures is one way that we can respond to that need.” Knox notes that future lecture topics and speakers are currently being identified, with input from their community partners. “Our shared vision is to bring speakers to our community who will focus on a variety of public policy issues in America today and to encourage dialogue about such issues.”

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


Sixteen Roberts & Stevens Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 with Four Named “Lawyer of the Year”

Roberts & Stevens is pleased to announce that 16 of its attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Additionally, four Roberts & Stevens attorneys have been named Best Lawyers 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” in Asheville for their respective practice areas. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as “Lawyer of the Year.”

Those recognized by Best Lawyers as 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” include:

Jacqueline D. Grant –2018 Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in Asheville

Gregory D. Hutchins – 2018 Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Asheville

John S. Stevens – 2018 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Asheville

Sheryl H. Williams – 2018 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Asheville


Attorneys selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 are:

Vincent D. Childress, Jr. – Corporate Law; Health Care Law

William Clarke – Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental; Natural Resources Law

David L. English – Corporate Law; Real Estate Law

Jacqueline D. Grant – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Jackson D. Hamilton – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law

Kenneth R. Hunt – Insurance Law

Gregory D. Hutchins – Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Trusts and Estates

Phillip T. Jackson – Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Health Care; Litigation – Insurance; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Mark C. Kurdys – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Real Estate; Transportation Law

John W. Mason – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates

Marc S. Rudow – Real Estate Law

John S. Stevens – Corporate Law

Wyatt S. Stevens – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

James W. Williams – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Sheryl H. Williams – Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law

F. Lachicotte Zemp, Jr. – Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law; Transportation Law

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. 83,000 industry leading attorneys are eligible to vote (from around the world), and Best Lawyers has received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 7.4 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 58,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” For more information about Best Lawyers and to view the complete list, visit

Roberts & Stevens is one of the largest law firms in Western North Carolina and serves regional and national clients in 29 practice areas and industries. To learn more, visit

Volunteer Attorney Advisors Needed for Mock Trial Teams

The Carolina Center for Civic Educations needs attorney advisors to help high school mock trial teams. In particular, Nesbitt Discovery Academy ( has asked for help in finding an attorney to mentor their team. Interested individuals should contact Susan H. Johnson, State Coordinator for the CCCE.

An attorney advisor would not be expected to be at every meeting. Each team and attorney advisor modifies the schedule based on availability. 

The competition case this year is a criminal case involving an individual accused of first degree arson and felony murder. The case and rules are available for download at There are many additional training resources posted at

I would be happy to provide more information or answer any questions. I appreciate your consideration of this worthwhile endeavor. Thank you for your time; I look forward to hearing from you!


Susan H. Johnson, MPH
State Coordinator
Carolina Center for Civic Education
T: 919-360-0848 | F: 910-339-6606
P.O. Box 9626
Chapel Hill, NC 27515

Pisgah Legal Says Goodbye to Our Friend Karl Straus

On September 6, we lost a dear friend, advocate and champion for justice.

Karl H. Straus was an Asheville attorney, community leader, philanthropist, and a founder of Pisgah Legal Services. In addition to serving as a PLS Board Member and Board Chair, Karl generously started the first endowment fund for Pisgah Legal Services at The Community Foundation of WNC.

Pisgah Legal’s “Board Emeritus Award” was inspired by Karl’s unprecedented service on the Board of Directors during multiple terms where he helped establish, sustain and expand the legal aid program.

We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at Patla, Straus, Robinson & Moore, P.A.

Obituary for Karl H. Straus

Joseph Hamrick Named In Best Lawyers 2018

McAngus Goudelock & Courie, a regional insurance defense firm, is pleased to announce the inclusion of Joseph Hamrick in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America© for Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers in Asheville.

Hamrick’s practice focuses on workers’ compensation defense. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Association, Buncombe County Bar Association and the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. Hamrick is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. In addition to the recognition from Best Lawyers, Hamrick was also recently rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.

McAngus Goudelock and Courie is a metrics-driven law firm built specifically to meet the needs of insurance companies and their customers. From 14 regional offices, we serve clients across the Southeast. For more information, please visit


Joe Ferikes in Best Lawyers in America© 2018

The law firm of Ferikes & Bleynat, PLLC, is proud to announce that Partner, Joseph A. Ferikes, has been included in the 2018 edition of  Best Lawyers in America.  He is included in the Litigation – Real Estate Section.

Joe began his practice in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, representing such entities as the County of Dekalb. In 1983, Joe and his wife moved back to their hometown of Asheville to continue his law practice and raise their family. He has been a private practice trial lawyer since 1981 and was a solo practitioner until forming Ferikes & Bleynat in 2001.  Joe is also actively involved in the Greek community and has coached youth sports for more than 15 years.

Using sophisticated methodology, Best Lawyers© compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers within the same legal practice area and geographical area. The link to the full methodology can be found here:

Established in 2001, Ferikes & Bleynat, PLLC is an Asheville-based law firm serving clients in western North Carolina. The firm creates lasting resolutions to conflict and crisis and also provides negotiation and mediation services. As legal professionals, the partners welcome referrals of real estate and construction matters, foreclosures, personal injury, business and contract disputes. To find out more about the Ferikes & Bleynat firm, visit the website at