US District Court Announces Appointment of US Magistrate Judge

The Honorable Frank D. Whitney, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, announced today that William Carleton Metcalf has been appointed to the position of United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. Magistrate Judge Metcalf commenced his duties in the Asheville Division on November 1, 2018. The Honorable Max O. Cogburn, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina administered the oath.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Metcalf practiced law for over twenty-one years with the firm of Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis, PA in Asheville, North Carolina, where he was a senior principal and served as an officer of the firm and a member of the Board of Directors.

He received a bachelor’s degree with honors in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a law degree from the University’s School of Law, where he was the President of his graduating class and a member of the Holderness Moot Court.

Judge Metcalf was the founding president of the Western District of North Carolina Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He has also served as an officer of the 28th Judicial District Bar in Buncombe County and as a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Active as a speaker and teacher, and in pro bono and professional activities, he is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a past President of the Harry C. Martin Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and a recipient of the 28th Judicial District Bar’s Professionalism Award.

Judge Metcalf and his wife, Lisa Snowdon Metcalf, have three children and reside in Buncombe County.