Robert Haggard is Of Counsel with The Van Winkle Law Firm, where his distinction as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to client matters. Since joining the firm in 1978, Haggard has earned fellowship in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has lectured frequently on estate-planning and fiduciary law topics.


Awards & Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2020, Asheville Area - Trusts and Estates
  • 2012 Lawyer of the Year – Trusts and Estates
  • AV Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 10 + years
  • Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers and Top 100 Super Lawyers
  • Rotary International, “Service Above Self Award”, Past President of the Rotary Club of Asheville


  • Florida State University, Juris Doctor, 1974
  • Davidson College, Bachelor’s Degree in English with Honors, 1971

Community Involvement

  • Apple Country Antique Tractor and Engine Association, Former Board Member
  • Community Foundation of Henderson County, Former Chairperson, Professional Advisors Council
  • Flat Rock Playhouse, Former Board Member
  • Rotary Club of Asheville, Past President, Former Board Member
  • Blue Ridge Honor Flight, Vice President, Board Member

Professional Affiliations

  • Buncombe County Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Land of the Sky Estate Planning Council, Former President
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Former Chairperson, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section, Board of Governors
  • North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • North Carolina State Bar, Former Chairperson, Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization Committee

An accomplished sailor, Bob served as a captain with the U.S. Army J.A.G. Corps from 1974 to 1978.