Ryan W. Coffield is a principal in The Van Winkle Law Firm’s business transactional practice, where he works with small and mid-size businesses on all phases of corporate life, including formation, operations, reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, and owner transition strategies. Coffield’s experience in the areas of corporate and pass-through taxation allows him to provide a valuable, unique perspective on his clients’ legal issues.

Practice Areas

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers, 2020
  • Best Lawyers, 2020
  • Business North Carolina Magazine, Legal Elite, 2017
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Co-Chairperson and Planner, The NCBA Business Law Section and International Law Section Annual Meeting, 2017
  • Biltmore Beacon “40 Under Forty,” Class of 2014
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Co-Chairperson and Planner, The NCBA Basics of Business Law CLE, 2014


  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, JD and LLM in Taxation
  • University of North Carolina, Bachelor’s Degree in Economics

Professional Affiliations

  • Buncombe County Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • South Carolina State Bar

Speaking Engagements

  • It’s Just Tax, The NCBA Basics of Business Law CLE (2020)
  • 2016 Tax Law Update, NC Bar Association Business Law Institute (Feb 2016)
  • Unemployment Tax: Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program, Employment Course (2015)
  • Keeping It Legal: The Ins and Outs of Nonprofit Law, The Western North Carolina Association of Fundraising Professionals, Philanthropy Institute (2014)
  • Nonprofit Organizations: An Introduction for New Practitioners, The NCBA Basics of Business Law CLE (2014)

A North Carolina native, Ryan grew up in southeast Charlotte and lived in the Triangle for several years before making Asheville his home. Ryan is married to Jessica Coffield, with whom he has two hound dogs. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, bouldering, pulling for the Atlanta Hawks, and running.