Michael Thompson is a principal with The Van Winkle Law Firm, where he focuses his practice on commercial and residential real estate transactions in Henderson, Buncombe, Polk, and Transylvania counties. Since joining the firm in 1989, he has represented local, regional and national developers in the procurement, planning and implementation of commercial and high-end residential projects.

Practice Areas


  • Campbell University, Juris Doctor, 1984
  • University of North Carolina, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, 1980
  • St. Bennetts College at Oxford University, Academic Certificate in World War II Studies, 1979

Community Involvement

  • Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Board Member

Professional Affiliations

  • Buncombe County Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • American Land Title Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Henderson County Bar Association, Former President
  • Henderson County Board of Realtors
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section
  • North Carolina Land Title Association
  • Henderson County Board of Realtors

Michael and his wife, Elaine, have two children, Hunter and Sally. A native of Hendersonville, N.C., Michael enjoys historic preservation, gardening, landscape design, and travel.

  • Favorite Author: John Steinbeck
  • Favorite Place to Visit: Moscow