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ASHEVILLE, NC, September 30, 2014 – The Van Winkle Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorneys Esther E. Manheimer and W. Carleton Metcalf have been named 2014 Leaders in the Law by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Only 30 attorneys were selected across the state.

In partnership with Elon University School of Law, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly will host the fourth annual Leaders in the Law awards, honoring legal professionals who have attained significant professional accomplishments. These achievements include outstanding contributions to the North Carolina practice of law, a record of winning cases, proven leadership skills and important contributions to the legal community and the community at large. Honorees are nominated by their colleagues, clients and other legal professionals and selected by a committee drawn from North Carolina Lawyers Weekly’s editorial department.

Manheimer currently serves as the Mayor of Asheville. She represents property owners, homeowners’ associations, and creditors in myriad disputes and complex legal issues. Manheimer was named to the Harry C. Martin American Inn of Court, a 2009 Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) Awards honoree presented by the YWCA of Asheville; the 2013 Most Valuable Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Award from Pisgah Legal Services for the most attorney hours volunteered to low-income clients in urgent need; and nominated for the 2013 N.C. Bar Association William Thorp Pro Bono Service Award.

Metcalf is the Immediate Past President of the Western District of North Carolina Chapter Federal Bar Association, of which he was Founding Member and First President. He represents businesses ranging from local enterprises to large national or multi-national companies. He appears regularly as lead or local counsel in cases involving commercial disputes and business-related matters that are pending before the federal courts, the North Carolina Business Court, and North Carolina state courts. Metcalf also has significant experience in constitutional litigation, having handled claims affecting freedom of speech, public employment, and due process. He was named to the Harry C. Martin American Inn of Court, is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has also received pro bono awards, including the Outstanding Service Award from the 28th Judicial District Bar and Pisgah Legal Services, 2003.

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