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Stephen Joseph Grabenstein

Stephen Joseph Grabenstein

Practice areas:

Litigation, Trusts, Estate Planning, Mediation, Guardianship

About Me

Steve has been with the Van Winkle Law Firm since coming to Asheville in 1992. His practice emphasizes trust and estate disputes and fiduciary related claims. In addition, Steve handles guardianship matters, wrongful death and personal injury claims, commercial litigation and other complex matters. Steve is also a certified mediator and mediates a wide variety of cases.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Litigation: 35%
    27 years
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    23 years
  3. Trusts: 25%
    23 years
  4. Mediation: 10%
    7 years
  5. Guardianship: 5%
    23 years

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Contact Info

The Van Winkle Law Firm

11 N Market St
Asheville, NC, 28801




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyer in Trust and Estate LitigationNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerThe Van Winkle Law Firm1992 - Present
Assistant Attorney GeneralAttorney General of Tennessee1988 - 1992
Legislative DirectorU.S. Senator Jim Sasser1985 - 1988
Minority CounselU.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Relations1982 - 1984


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Pisgah Legal ServicesBoard of Directors2009 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
North Carolina Bar Association, Trusts and Estate SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMemberN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
Lawyers WeeklyFamily members settle Macon County trust dispute for $510,0002011
Lawyers WeeklyMan regains control of $10M in trust assets in mediation2010
The Will and the Way, Vol. 28, No. 2Doctrine of Partial Invalidity of a Will2009


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of TennesseeLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
University of TennesseeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1979

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Annual Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law ProgramBattle of Wills -- Caveat Proceedings in North Carolina2011
26th Annual Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law ProgramAvoiding the Briar Patch: Mediation of Trust and Estate Disputes2005