Mark Pinkston is a principal with The Van Winkle Law Firm, where he focuses his practice on creditors’ rights and banking and lending transactions. His representation of individual and corporate clients has covered a full spectrum of work-out, collector and transactional scenarios, including those involving bankruptcies, foreclosures and recoveries. Over the years, he has applied zealous representation of regional and national creditors to collect millions of dollars in consumer and commercial recovery situations.



  • University of Tennessee, Juris Doctor, with highest honors, 1989
  • North Carolina State University, Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering, 1986

Professional Affiliations

  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Council Member and Past Nominating Committee Member
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Cherokee Supreme Court – Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation

Awards and Honors

  • AV Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • The Order of the Coif

Community Involvement

  • Bethel United Methodist Church
  • Daniel Boone Council Boy Scouts of America, Executive Board Member
  • Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in the Historic Shelton House, Board Member
  • Pisgah High School Athletic Booster, Vice President of the Executive Board
Mark and his wife, Patti, have five children: Brett, Joe, Kane, Luke and Morgan.