Robert A. Mays


Phone (828) 771-2422
Fax (828) 257-2773
Duke University, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2004
Master's Degree in Public Policy, 2004
Hendrix College
Bachelor’s Degree, with distinction, 2000

Rob Mays is a member of The Van Winkle Law Firm’s Litigation practice. He represents organizations and individuals in state and federal courts on a wide variety of commercial litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on contested collection matters and bankruptcies. He has served on the Bankruptcy Council of the North Carolina Bar Association. In addition, he has successfully litigated a wide array of matters, including cases involving the False Claims Act, food and drug laws, unemployment tax liability, claims of lender liability, employment discrimination, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.

Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Mays practiced law in the Washington, D.C., office of an international firm, where he represented multi-national corporations in criminal and civil matters that included internal investigations and government inquiries, trials, and appeals, including appeals to the United States Supreme Court. Mays started his legal career as a clerk for the Hon. Gerald B. Tjoflat, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Professional Affiliations
  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
Awards and Honors
  • Duke University School of Law, “Outstanding Achievement Award” Property Law, 2004.
  • Editor-in-Chief, Law & Contemporary Problems, 2003-2004.
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.

Rob grew up on a blueberry farm in the Ozark Mountains. He met his wife, Katie, while in law school, and they have three boys. Together, the family enjoys 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 at a local hospital.

Favorite Food:             Muscadines (Rob claims to have proven that there is no toxic oral dose of muscadines)
Favorite Artist:            His brother, B. Ryan Mays, a sculptor
Favorite Music:           Hayes Carll, a college friend
Favorite Book:            “Little Big Man”

Community Involvement     
  • Leadership Asheville
  • “Parent Champion” 2015, Asheville City Schools Foundation