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

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  For more information about Howard’s ADR practice, click the link to AshevilleADR above.