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Robert A. Mays

Contact

Direct line: (828) 771-2422
Fax: (828) 257-2773 
Email: rmays@vwlawfirm.com

Education

Duke University
J.D., cum laude, 2004
M.A. in Public Policy, 2004

Hendrix College
B.A., 2000

Meet Robert

Rob practices in The Van Winkle Law Firm’s litigation and creditors’ rights groups. He represents organizations and individuals in collection, foreclosure, and bankruptcy matters, and in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, in state and federal courts. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section Council.  

Rob joined The Van Winkle Law Firm in 2010, after practicing for several years in Washington, D.C. with the law firm WilmerHale. In Washington, Rob represented multinational corporations in a variety of criminal and civil matters, from internal investigations to government inquiries, trials, and appeals. He was part of two wins before the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining WilmerHale, Rob clerked for the Hon. Gerald B. Tjoflat, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Recent Practice Highlights

  • Represented an international corporation in litigation against authorities from multiple states regarding alleged liability for unemployment taxes.
  • Represented a private equity group in efficiently liquidating major assets of a failed bank in western North Carolina.     
  • Successfully defended an employment-discrimination suit in the Middle District of North Carolina.
  • Defended a privately owned, multinational pharmaceutical company against qui tam claims under the federal False Claims Act.  

Professional Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • American Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court
    • Western District of North Carolina
    • Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Eleventh Circuit

Recognitions

  • Council Member, NC Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Council
  • Editor-in-Chief, Law & Contemporary Problems
  • 2004 Duke Law Outstanding Achievement Award, Property Law

Contact

Direct line: (828) 771-2422
Fax: (828) 257-2773 
Email: rmays@vwlawfirm.com

Education

Duke University
J.D., cum laude, 2004
M.A. in Public Policy, 2004

Hendrix College
B.A., 2000

Work with Robert

Rob grew up on a blueberry farm in the Ozark Mountains. He is married to Katie Moore Mays, originally of Columbia, South Carolina. The two met while they were both in law school. Rob spends most of his free time with Katie and their three boys – Lucas, Rhett, and Julian. They enjoy live music, working in and around their home in Asheville’s Montford Historic District, and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rob has an identical twin brother, Rhett, who is a physician with a local hospital.

Favorite Food
Muscadines (Rob claims to have proven that there is no toxic oral dose of muscadines)­­­­

Favorite Artist
B. Ryan Mays (Sculptor and Rob’s brother)

Favorite Music
Hayes Carll (A college friend)

Favorite Book
Little Big Man by Thomas Berger

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Leadership Asheville
    • ​Graduate of Leadership Asheville 32