Jackie Grant Named President-Elect of NCBA

jackiegrant2017bRoberts & Stevens, P.A. is pleased to announce that firm partner Jacqueline D. Grant is the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association. The NCBA is a statewide organization composed of more than 20,000 lawyers, paralegals and law students. She was elected by acclamation on Saturday, June 24, at the 2017 NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville. A lifelong Asheville resident, Grant is a partner and litigator with Roberts & Stevens, where she has practiced her entire career.

“I can’t think of a lawyer more deserving of this position than Jackie Grant,” said Roberts & Stevens partner Wyatt Stevens. “Jackie is a model for the rest of the bar to follow. She practices law with a level head, exceptional competence, and the highest ethical standards. She gets outstanding results for her clients and has made a positive difference in our community. We are incredibly proud to have Jackie as a member of our firm.”

Grant attended A.C. Reynolds High School in Asheville, graduated magna cum laude from Western Carolina University in 1992, and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1995.

When Grant is officially installed as the 124th president of the NCBA in 2018 she will be the first female attorney from Asheville to serve in that role.

David Gantt Inducted to the General Practice Hall of Fame



The David Gantt Law Office is pleased to announce that David Gantt has been inducted into the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame.  General Practice Hall of Fame lawyers are general practitioners who are outstanding members of the legal profession and whose careers have served as models for lawyers in the general practice of law. Sponsored by the NCBA Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section, was established in 1989 and has annually recognized attorneys throughout the state since that time.

At the June 22nd ceremony, Mr. Gantt was introduced by 2016 inductee, local attorney and David’s long-time friend, Robert Deutsch.  He celebrates this achievement along with 3 other 2017 inductees, Leto Copeley (Durham County), Bobby Griffin (Union County), and Tom White (Lenoir County).

David is a Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, an AV Preeminent Peer Rated Lawyer through Martindale-Hubbell, is recognized by Super Lawyers North Carolina and by Best Lawyers in America. He is the recipient of the 2005 Centennial Award for Community Service and the 2007 Citizen Lawyer Award, both honors bestowed by the North Carolina Bar Association, and the 2016 Leaders in the Law Award from Elon University and North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. He is the recipient of the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” award in the field of Workers’ Compensation Law in Asheville by Best Lawyers in America and the David Gantt Law Office has been recognized as a Tier 1 Metropolitan Workers’ Compensation Law Firm for the Asheville metro area.

David Gantt is an Asheville-based Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, practicing in the areas of Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, and Social Security Disability. With over 30 years of experience representing injured and disabled clients throughout western North Carolina, David offers clients knowledgeable and compassionate representation as he pursues compensation and benefits on their behalf.  David Gantt Law Office appreciatively accepts referrals in the areas of workers compensation and social security disability law.

(David Gantt pictured with former 28th Judicial District Bar President and 2016 General Practice Hall of Fame Inductee, Bob Deutsch, and NCBA Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section President, Greg Doucette)

Howard Gum Elected to NCBA Board of Governors


The family and bankruptcy law firm of Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, PA, is proud to announce that Howard L. Gum was elected to the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association at its Annual Meeting in Asheville on June 24, 2017. Howard is elected to a three year term of office, the first meeting of which was held Sunday morning. The Board of Governors provides leadership and governance to the NC Bar Association. The Board of Governors also serves as the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Bar Foundation, the endowment branch of the Association through which the Association gives back to the state and the communities served by the membership.

Mr. Gum is has long been involved with the North Carolina Bar Association. He 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. 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 his other service to the profession, 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, when the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization formed the Family Law Specialty Committee in 1987 for the purpose of establishing a Specialty Certification in Family Law. 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.

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 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.

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 hasn’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, the North Carolina Bar additionally recognized Howard with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Established in 1979, Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, P.A. is an Asheville-based family and bankruptcy law firm servicing clients in western North Carolina. 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.

Anna Hamrick Joins Grimes Teich Anderson LLP


Grimes Teich Anderson LLP is pleased to announce that attorney Anna Hamrick has joined the firm as a partner.

Anna has been in practice since 1994, and her focus of law is in Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability.  Before joining Grimes Teich Anderson, Anna was a partner at Broker and Hamrick.  Anna is State Bar Councilor for the 28th Judicial District and a past president of the WNC Chapter of the N.C. Association of Women Attorneys.  She is a Mountain Area Volunteer Attorney and has served as Treasurer and a Board Member of Pisgah Legal Services.  Anna is also a former member of the board of Hangar Hall School for Girls and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Asheville.

Doug Tate Opens Virtual Low Bono Office

Because 40 to 80 percent of small businesses and individuals go to court unrepresented, Doug Tate has decided to open a virtual low bono law office to bridge the access to justice gap. Doug brings his 27 years of civil litigation experience to small businesses and individuals that do not qualify for free legal services and cannot afford market rate legal services. Blending flat rates and sliding scale fees, Doug seeks to serve those persons and businesses that have been unrepresented for far too long. Contact him at 828-230-0850 or through his website www.tatelaw.net.


Legal Services Funding in Jeopardy!


The North Carolina House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee has passed a provision in the 2017 Budget entitled “Eliminate Access to Civil Justice Funds.”  If enacted as written, this provision would eliminate approximately $1.7 million in combined funding for Legal Aid of North Carolina, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, and Pisgah Legal Services. Eliminating Access to Civil Justice Funds would cause drastic reductions in legal aid agencies’ services to those most in need, undermining equal access to justice for North Carolina citizens.

The budget process in the General Assembly is moving very fast. The House passed its budget on Friday. The Senate budget passed earlier last month made no changes to legal aid funding.  The budget will now go to conference between the two bodies to reconcile differences.  We ask that you contact your representatives and senators in the North Carolina legislature today, as well as other legislators whom you know personally, and ask them to maintain full funding for legal aid services.

Please contact Betsy Ellis at Pisgah Legal Services if you have questions or would like more information, (828) 210-3444 or betsy@pisgahlegal.org


Upcoming CLE in Asheville

Upcoming CLE in Asheville!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

 NCBA Real Property Potpourri:  There’s Something Here for Everyone Involved with Real Property Transactions

CLE Credit: 6.0 including 1.0 Substance Abuse

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program:  9:00am-4:30pm

Topics include: State Boundary Resurveys: More Than Just a Line in the Sand; Advanced Condominium Topics; Case Law Update Pinkney Case; Legal Issues in Real Estate Development; Map Act Update; & A Lawyer’s Guide to Understanding Addiction | Substance Abuse/Mental Health


Friday, June 9, 2017 

 NCBA Rule of the Road:  Civil Procedure, Evidence, Ethics & More

(2017 Family Law Section Annual Meeting)

CLE Credit: 6.0 including 1.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility

Reg:  8:45-9:00am: Program:  9:00am-4:30pm


Topics include:  Case Law Update – Part 1; Utilizing the Rules of Evidence in Family Law Trials; Top 10 Civil Procedure Rules Family Lawyers Forget; What Family Law Trial Lawyers Need to Know About Appellate Rules; Case Law Update – Part 2; Expert Testimony; & Getting Schooled: Why You Need to Review the Rules of Professional Conduct


Thursday, June 15, 2017 

Emerging Issues and Recent Developments in Real Estate Law

(2017 Real Property Section Annual Meeting)

CLE Credit: 6.0 including 1.0 Substance Abuse

Reg:  8:45-9:00am: Program:  9:00am-4:30pm


Topics include:  Legislative Update; Legal Opinions Panel; Medicaid Planning; Substance Abuse and Mental Health in the Legal Practice; Short-Term Rentals;  & E-Closings

For more information or to register, please contact NCBA CLE Dept at 800-228-3402, or visit the website at ncbar.org/cle


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