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O. E. Starnes

Contact

Direct line: (828) 771-2426
Fax: (828) 257-2767
Email: ostarnes@vwlawfirm.com

Education

University of North Carolina
LL.B., 1950

Davidson College
B.S. in Economics and Political Science, 1947

Meet O. E.

O.E. Starnes is an Asheville native now working part-time in a general practice. This follows a period of 45 years in an active litigation practice largely in the area of insurance defense. O.E. served as corporate counsel to the City of Asheville from 1957 until 1967. O.E.’s current practice consists of service to a number of individual clients. From 1981 through 2008, he was retained as attorney for the Town of Biltmore Forest.

Practice Highlights

  • Served as corporate counsel for the City of Asheville and defeated an aggressive lawsuit seeking to prevent fluoridation of the public water supply.
  • Successfully defended local physicians, dentists, chiropractors and architects from former patients or clients seeking to collect substantial damages on allegations of professional malpractice.
  • Successfully represented a large mining and engineering corporation in Western North Carolina when neighbors filed a civil action alleging damages to their property from air pollution and further sought a court order to shut down the plant.

Professional Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 1973 - Present
    • State Chair, 1979 - 1980
  • Buncombe County Bar Association
    • President, 1972 - 1973
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • General Practice Hall of Fame, 2002
    • Senior Law Division, 2001
    • Board of Governors, 1973 - 1976
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Harry C. Martin American Inns of Court

Recognitions

  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Contact

Direct line: (828) 771-2426
Fax: (828) 257-2767
Email: ostarnes@vwlawfirm.com

Education

University of North Carolina
LL.B., 1950

Davidson College
B.S. in Economics and Political Science, 1947

Work with O. E.

A lifelong resident of Asheville, O.E. is also a talented musician, tennis player and singer. He has been known to liven many a dull gathering with his ever present harmonica or by tickling the ivories with familiar tunes. Other passions in life include swimming, sunfish sailing craft, motorboats and relaxing at his lake cottage.

O.E. and his wife, Lida, have three children.

Favorite Artist
Andrew Wyeth

Favorite Music
Barbershop quartet harmony

Last Place Visited
Ski trip to the Rockies

Guilty Pleasures
Playing when I could be working

Community Involvement

  • American Red Cross, Asheville-Mountain Area Chapter
    • Board of Directors, 1983 - 1991
    • Chair, 1987 - 1988
  • Biltmore Forest Country Club
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Montreat College
    • Board of Directors, 1972 - 1982
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
  • Phi Delta Theta Social Fraternity
  • Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc.
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
    • Board of Directors, 1985 - 1992
    • Chair, 1991 - 1992
  • WWII Veteran