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Allan R. Tarleton


Direct line: (828) 771-2518
Fax: (828) 255-0255 
Email: atarleton@vwlawfirm.com


Wake Forest University
J.D., 1980
B.A., cum laude, 1974

Meet Allan

Allan has practiced law in Asheville, North Carolina since 1980. For the past 20 years, he has concentrated his practice in the areas of health care litigation in the North Carolina Superior Courts, workers’ compensation litigation before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and appeals before the state’s appellate courts.

Allan has spent his professional career representing hospitals and other health care providers, small and large businesses and individuals. He has obtained favorable results in jury trials, administrative hearings and appeals and has proven to be an effective negotiator before trial and, in many cases, before suit is even filed.

Allan attended undergraduate school at Wake Forest University, graduating cum laude with a B.A. degree in English in 1974. While at Wake Forest, he studied abroad in Venice, Italy. He was a staff writer and city editor for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington (N.C.) Daily News before returning to Wake Forest for law school, graduating in 1980. He had the good fortune to begin his practice with legendary trial lawyer Herbert L. Hyde before joining the firm in 1982.

Practice Highlights

  • Successfully defended hospital from medical negligence claim arising from post-operative procedures.
  • Successfully defended hospital employer from workers’ compensation claim alleging recurrent shoulder injury.
  • Negotiated $700,000 recovery for workers’ compensation claimant against two insurance carriers, each of whom denied coverage of the claim.
  • Negotiated significant settlement on behalf of low-income tenant injured when she stepped through the floor of her rented mobile home.
  • Recovered largest verdict then in Swain County history on behalf of owners of a furnished cabin destroyed by fire. Verdict later sustained on appeal.
  • Successfully defended self-insured manufacturer against workers’ compensation claim alleging permanent brain injury.
  • Recovered a $5 million federal judgment in a satellite TV pirate case.

Professional Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (N.C. Chapter)
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Board of Directors, 2004 - 2007
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Healthcare Practice Group
  • Harry C. Martin American Inns of Court


  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010


Direct line: (828) 771-2518
Fax: (828) 255-0255 
Email: atarleton@vwlawfirm.com


Wake Forest University
J.D., 1980
B.A., cum laude, 1974

Work with Allan

Allan is married to Donna, a middle school librarian. Their son, Penn, works with a local IT firm. Allan is a Cross Fit devotee and sometimes triathlete commuting to the office by bike as much as possible and training regularly throughout the year. 

Allan also enjoys hiking with his family and playing golf. He belongs to The Pen & Plate Club, a century old group of professionals and academicians who meet every month for dinner and a member’s essay, and he’s a member of a men’s book club.

Favorite Foods
Anything cooked at home made from scratch

Last Place Visited
Harbour Island, The Bahamas

Guilty Pleasure
Martini (gin, on the rocks, with a twist)

Community Involvement

  • Asheville Buncombe Historic Resources Commission
    • Past Member
  • Biltmore Forest Country Club
  • Blue Ridge Bicycle Club
  • Carolina Day School
    • Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • The Mediation Center
    • Past President, Board of Directors
  • Pen & Plate Club
  • Pisgah Legal Services
    • Past President, Board of Directors
  • Rhododendron Royal Brigade of Guards
  • YMCA of Western North Carolina