Become a Part of Our Firm’s Longstanding History of Legal Excellence

At The Van Winkle Law Firm, we believe in doing all that we can to help the individuals and families throughout Asheville, Charlotte, and Hendersonville. Our attorneys strive to raise the legal bar of excellence, and one way we do this is by recruiting well-qualified, hard-working individuals to join our family of professionals. With two office locations, our staff of attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants continues to grow as the needs of our clients grow as well. Throughout our 100+ years of service, we have earned a respectable reputation in the North Carolina legal community, and we are looking for individuals to help further strengthen that reputation.

About the Firm

Established in 1907, the Van Winkle Law Firm is the largest law firm headquartered in Western North Carolina, proudly serving individuals, families, and businesses throughout the southeast. From our offices in Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina, our attorneys and staff work across multiple practice areas to fulfill our four vision principles: (1) we consistently and ethically deliver high quality legal services to our clients; (2) we nurture a balanced, collegial, and inclusive work environment in which all of our professionals thrive; (3) we invest in the communities where we live and work; and (4) we advance justice and the legal profession.

The Firm is committed to advancing, cultivating and preserving an organizational culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a workplace where our employees, clients and business partners can thrive.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to careers@vwlawfirm.com.


The Van Winkle Law Firm is seeking a full-time Paralegal with Business and Litigation experience to join our firm in our Asheville, NC office. The paralegal will work 75% of their time with a transactional attorney whose practice is focused on healthcare law and 25% with a litigator. Compensation is dependent on experience and skill set.

Business Transactional:

  • Develop familiarity with rules and regulations related to state and federal health care programs.
  • Develop policies and procedures to support compliance for healthcare entities.
  • Identify business and legal risks in contracts; redline provisions as requested.
  • Develop and manage contract processes to track transactions from beginning to end. In this role you will have the opportunity to propose innovative solutions to streamline the contract process.
  • Assist attorney in reviewing and drafting written agreements for a variety of transactions.
  • Coordinate delivery and collection of signature pages.
  • Prepare and generate, accurately and in a timely manner, commercial contracts and related documents with a variety of entities, including, master agreements, amendments, statements of work, and NDAs from existing forms and update existing forms, as requested, and initiate amendments.
  • Form and dissolve corporations and other business entities.
  • Maintain a process for ensuring the completeness of the execution process and electronically filing all final, executed documents.
  • Review contracts for risk management and service needs including compliance with predetermined guidelines, including indemnity/liability, early termination on contracts with high support costs, penalty clauses, and payment terms.
  • Escalate all items that require approvals for deviations from standard terms.

Litigation:

  • Organize documents, including pleadings, discovery, and related information.
  • Prepare product liability litigation files and employer notebooks.
  • Calendar court trials, assist with deposition prep, keep up with testimony, exhibits, scheduling of witnesses and attorney(s) needs.
  • As needed, conduct factual research: cull relevant information from a variety of resources, such as newspapers, magazines, libraries, case, documents, trade associations and the internet.
  • Prepare correspondence and reports, including routine letters, memos and various other documents and forms.
  • As needed, coordinate mailings, including filings with state and federal courts and agencies.
  • Establish and maintain dual calendar system and deadline reminder systems. Apprise attorney of responsibilities in advance of commitment.
  • Ability to handle large case management.

Required Qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of legal principles and practices at a level normally acquired through formal paralegal training or equivalent on-the-job training and experience (3+ years) as a business and civil litigation paralegal.
  • Good organizational skills and be detail oriented.
  • Computer literate and proficient working with Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint, and the ability to understand and utilize computer equipment and other software.
  • Ability and discipline to work independently under supervision.
  • Ability to work as an integral team member.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate and follow instructions with courtesy and tact.
  • Accuracy and word processing at a level of at least 70 words per minute.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Proficient working with document review software such as NetDocs, project management software such as Basecamp, litigation management software such as the CaseMap suite (CaseMap, TimeMap, TextMap etc).
  • Notary certification.

Please note – this position requires access to sensitive and classified information and any candidate must successfully pass additional background screening before a final hiring decision can be made.

The Van Winkle Law Firm is seeking a full-time Estate Administration Paralegal to join our Trusts & Estates practice in our Asheville, NC office. This position provides support in a fast paced, dynamic environment. Compensation is dependent on experience and skill set.

Duties include:

  • Preparation of deeds and related documents for the transfer or real property title
  • Preparation of Estate and Gift Tax Returns
  • Prepare forms for incoming and outgoing court papers and to document specific actions required for legal proceedings and/or personal or Firm requirements
  • Prepare correspondence including routine pleadings, letters, memos, estate qualification and various other documents and forms
  • Manage deed processing, transfer, and funding of assets
  • Be a primary contact for Firm Clients
  • Maintain positive contact with clients and observe confidentiality of client matters

Qualifications for this position include:

  • Paralegal or Trusts & Estates experience preferred
  • Paralegal certification or advanced skills / education is a plus
  • Applicant with a CPA license and relevant paralegal experience would be highly considered
  • Demonstrating good judgment and professionalism, and exhibiting flexibility and versatility to provide exceptional Client support
  • Demonstrating strong reasoning and resolution skills
  • Willingness to learn the practice and its systems
  • Organized with strong attention to detail
  • Strong Customer service / client satisfaction aptitude including the ability to always make a positive first impression
  • Self-motivated
  • Technologically proficient with MS Office Products and electronic document management
  • Friendly co-worker and team player

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: Starting at $18.00

The Van Winkle Law Firm seeks an Associate Attorney to join our Trusts, Estates, and Elder Law team in our Hendersonville, NC office. This candidate will work as a member of our general Trusts and Estates team, while developing a practice with a focus on elder and special needs law.

Requirements:

  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills are expected. Superior academic credentials and entrepreneurial spirit highly preferred
  • Willingness to invest in the Hendersonville, NC community
  • Ideal candidates will have 2-3 years practice experience in some or all the following areas: trust and estate planning, trust and estate administration, guardianship administration, special needs planning, incapacity planning, Medicaid planning, veteran's benefits planning
  • Successful candidates will be able to work both independently and collaboratively with other attorneys and staff to build elder law practice in our Hendersonville-based office and provide high level service to all Van Winkle clients
  • Successful candidates will also be able to work collaboratively with social workers, financial, and medical professionals to ensure successful client outcomes
  • Currently licensed to practice law in North Carolina, or eligible to waive in

Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis, P.A. is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing all employees and applicants with a workplace free from discrimination or harassment and with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation will not be tolerated in any of the Firm's offices or any other work-related setting. Qualified individuals with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for a position or to enable them to perform the essential functions of a position for which they are otherwise qualified. If you need an accommodation or need to discuss your situation, please contact the Chief Operating Officer.