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Brian David Elston

Personal injury Attorney at Asheville, NC

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Personal Injury Attorney Asheville NC

Brian's passion lies in helping individuals and business avail themselves of the legal protections of and recourse provided by our courts.


Brian advocates for individuals  injured at work, in a car wreck, or harassed by their employer or spouse.  He guides businesses through partnership disputes and dissolutions, domestic abuse actions, and tax appeals. Another area of his practice includes representing bail agents and surety companies.    


Brian's ability to effectively advocate for his clients is attributed to his vast experiences.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Brian worked as a claims adjuster for a major insurance company and as a deputy clerk in the court system.  After law school, Brian worked for a small firm which primarily represented employers.


Brian is licensed to practice in North Carolina and is a member of the 28th Judicial District and State Bar.    


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Licensed for 13 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 12/27/2022

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Brian Elston Law
95 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC, 28801


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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful. Patient. Diligent. Compassionate.
Brian is probably the only lawyer in Asheville, who is at his desk past 4:30pm on a Friday! (5:30). Brian talked with me over the phone and reviewed my file in person. He is straight forward and gets to the bottom line. I am grateful for his time to walk me through my next steps.
Posted by Elizabeth | March 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% recommend
In May if 2019, I was in a car accident where I was T-boned by someone who ran a stop sign. I was referred to Brian by a close friend and began the process of filing a complaint against the opposing insurance company for the horrendously low settlement offer I received from them. Coming into this case, I was naive and unaware of the legal processes involved in such an endeavor. I thought, “Well the driver admitted fault, the damage is recorded, this will be easy”. I had absolutely no idea that my accident would have become such a battle to receive money lost. And that battle was fought tooth and nail by Brian and his team for me. We were in the middle of this process when the pandemic hit, which added another layer of complications and delays to everything. It took almost 3 years to get to the end of this settlement. Brian and Jenna, whom I worked with the most personally, were kind and patient with my unending questions, compassionate with my frequent emotional meltdowns, and kept me in the loop with my case regularly, knowing how much stress it was bringing me in my personal life, I didn’t feel in the dark. Brian had even come in on his day off just to meet with me and hear me cry about how unfair everything was. That’s a patient man. He wasn’t scared to tell me the truth of the arduous process we were in, even if I didn’t want to accept it, something I appreciated a lot. Anytime I had to come into the office, I was met warmly by Jenna, who always remembered me and my case. It never felt like a stuffy or cold lawyers office. I even met another individual who worked on my case behind the scenes that I was unaware of, he was very kind and happy to meet me, which made me feel that much more secure knowing Brian’s team was truly invested in my case. I never felt like I was just another number or just a client. I felt like Brian and Jenna genuinely cared about me as a person, they were truly fighting for me and my case. And to be quite candid, I believe they gave me more time and effort than they ever got compensated for after everything was said and done. But that didn’t stop them from treating me like family. Brian never stopped fighting for me even when we knew I wasn’t going to receive what we hoped I would. I have learned through this process, the system is absolutely flawed, ugly, unfair, and will make you insane. That is just the truth. I was a little fish in an ocean of sharks. The system isn’t set up for us. You ***need*** someone like Brian, like Jenna, who are aware of those flaws, and are still willing to go in and fight an uphill battle for you, which is exactly what they did for me. So, thank you Brian, Jenna, and the whole Brian Elston Law Firm, for staying grounded, staying connected, and staying human in such an exploitive world. You are gems! I 100% recommend this business.
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Really good attorney
I hired Brian over a year ago and not only is he a really nice man, he is a great attorney. I would recommend him to anyone out there needing a helping hand.
Posted by Kenton Massey | August 13, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Focus Group
Brian offered the opportunity to be part of a focus group at his beautiful legal office. He was an excellent host to all that attended and very organized with the focus materials. It was obvious to me that Mr. Elston is a sharp and highly skilled lawyer with a formidable ability to outline the facts of a case while remaining politely attentive to multiple speakers and extracting key information. I would have no hesitation in choosing him to represent me or my family and friends in cases covered by his representation. Thank you Brian Elston!!
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Posted by Holley | June 26, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He will not waste your time
I had called Mr.Elston's office about a personal injury case.He was very upfront with me and told me what I needed to do.I liked him very well.
Posted by Elizabeth | July 17, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Caring, dedicated, detailed.
I consulted with Brian about a time-sensitive insurance claim with an insurer (hint "begins with 'G') acting in bad faith. The information he shared was invaluable. He came highly recommended from a very well-respected mediator who represented me in the past, and now I know why.
Posted by Colleen | July 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Informative and Helpful
Brian was able to give me valuable and informative information regarding an employment law dispute and how to proceed with our claims. He took the time to talk with us over the phone and listen to the situation fully before giving us an opinion on the case.
Posted by Shawn | April 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brian Elston is an amazing litigator
Brian is an amazing attorney. He always responds to messages and he believed in me when no one else would. His sharp litigation ability is only matched by his knowledge of the law. I've never met anyone that had anything bad to say about Brian. His level of honest and moral character is matched by few. One of the finest attorney's I've had the pleasure of representing me in court.
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Posted by Rich | March 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grade A experience mixed with kindness and diligence
Brian and Karen are simply impressive people. I was injured on the job (pilon fracture of the right tibia). I have never had to deal with a situation anywhere close to this and really was never properly informed to what to do, not by a case worker, nurse, other attorneys, that is until I call Brian and Karen. I could tell very quickly into our first conversation that I had stumbled upon a good thing. They were actually on my side. They are straight forward, realistic, diligent and kind. I am forever grateful.
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Posted by Kate | October 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!
I came to Brian with an issue where I suspected I had been a victim of wage theft. He took the time to listen to my concerns and research the applicable law, then agreed to represent me. Within a few months I had my check. He was very caring and professional. I was very pleased with the work he did on my behalf. I highly recommend him if you need an attorney to get the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2015
Thank you!
It is never fun to have a difficult time with an employer. Brian was able to talk me through a difficult time so I was able to create a priority list through all the emotional stress. I found success in this and was able to work with my employer. Thank you.
Posted by Kathy | March 23, 2015
Fabulous Lawyer!
I worked with Brian to take care of a sensitive work issue that was adding real stress to my life. Brian was professional, kind, and helpful in all matters. He was able to make legal-eze understandable, he helped me look at multiple sides of the issue, and ultimately lead me to make a sound decision that was right for me. He was supportive as well as knowledgeable. I would recommend him to anyone who needs help with an employment situation. He is fair, honest, and he works with integrity. My situation is resolved, and I feel like I have a competent and able attorney in my corner. Thanks Brian!
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Posted by Robert | February 25, 2015
Great and HONEST lawyer
Brian was extremely helpful in settling a difficult and contentious issue. He was prompt, professional, knowledgable and (most importantly, in my opinion) honest. He concluded that my case was best kept out of court, even though that meant less legal fees for him, and worked diligently to resolve the case as such. I highly recommend a lawyer that works for the client on such an honest level and would absolutely give him a call if I ever find myself needing legal help again.
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Posted by Ed | February 21, 2015
Very grateful for Brian's knowledge and support
My family recently consulted with Brian on an issue arising from concerns about the failure of our daughter's school to follow their own policies. Brian was knowledgable, responsive, and most importantly a great listener and very supportive in this time of family crisis. Our community is fortunate to have Brian as a resource and we highly recommend him.
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Posted by Shawn | January 31, 2015
Professional, trustworthy, honest, and hard working
Brian absolutely blew me away with the amount of professionalism and integrity he has shown me in my time of need. He is extremely knowledgeable, honest, hardworking, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone in search of a lawyer.
Posted by Stacy | November 23, 2014
Trustworthy and Professional!
Brian was very dedicated, trustworthy, and informative. I would highly recommend him, as he was emphatic with our case and was always quick to respond. He was able to clearly explain our options, while also giving his professional opinion. I would not hesitate to work with him again.
Posted by Ashley Rogers | November 23, 2014
A positive and professional experience with Brian Elston
My roommate and I were referred to Williams & Mills, PLLC and Brian willingly helped us. He was honest and professional from the start and was able to recoup some money for us in end. I would highly recommend Brian in the future and feel like his expertise and knowledge were very helpful in assisting us!! Warmest Regards, Ashley R
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Posted by Karen | September 6, 2014
Brian Elston is outstanding
I recently engaged the legal services of Brian Elston in a matter pertaining to my children's independent school. Brian proved to be the attorney who made me question my negative attitudes toward the legal profession. He was a great listener, attentive, responsive to my concerns, and a strong communicator and advocate. He did more than was to be expected in researching my particular legal quandary and kept me informed each step of the way; he even responded to my past-nine-p.m. emails! Even more, Brian proved a highly ethical and compassionate legal professional. I would strongly recommend Brian to anyone who is seeking excellent, ethical legal counsel.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Brian Elston Law
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Williams & Mills, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Campbell Shatley, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • David R. Payne, P.A.
  • 2009 - 2010
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  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Learning Center v. Cherokee County Bd. of Educ., 736 S.E.2d 201 (2012)
  • Judgment affirmed at court of appeals


  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • 2015 - Present
  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • Executive Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Concerned Biker's Association
  • Legal Counsel
  • 2014 - Present
  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • 2009 - Present
  • Montford Neighborhood Association
  • President
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Young Guns
  • NC Business Elite
  • 2015
  • 40 under 40
  • Biltmore Beacon
  • 2015
  • Client Counseling
  • American Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Client Counseling
  • American Bar Association
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2016 Continuing Education
  • Hot Topics in Bond Forfeitures
  • 2016
  • Legal Boot Camp
  • An Introduction to IDEA and Section 504
  • 2012
  • Law Conference
  • The Interplay between FMLA, ADA, and Workers' Compensation
  • 2011
  • Leadership Training
  • FMLA, ADA, Disability, and Workers' Compensation Shoot
  • 2011
  • North Carolina School Boards Association Fall Seminar
  • Personnel Law and School Board Meetings
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Expert in his field, and a gem of a man. And look at that smile, it's dazzling, and genuine."
Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Elston's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Workers compensation Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known and worked with Brian multiple times in the past. He's dedicated to his clients, their concerns, and will generally work to ensure that they're level of stress during trying times is as minimal as possible. He's genuinely an all around good guy and I'd trust him with any issue I may have in the future."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a sharp trial lawyer. He is experienced, detailed and focused. I feel confident making a referral to him for personal injury and worker's compensation legal matters."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is an extremely enthusiastic attorney and advocate. I gladly refer workers compensation, personal injury, and employment litigation cases to him because I am confident he will fight for his clients."
Workers compensation Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian Elson is a topnotch attorney. I have had the opportunity to work both with and against him, and each time I have been impressed with the way he handled the task at hand. I am confident in Brian Elston and I wouldn’t hesitate to refer close friends and relatives to him for legal representation."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a smart and resourceful. His background as an adjuster, before becoming a lawyer, makes him uniquely qualified to represent injured people. He cares about his clients and fights for them because he cares."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Brian on opposing sides of a workers compensation matter. Brian is an extremely bright and effective lawyer with excellent strategic thinking ability and communication skills. Without hesitation, I recommend Brian to anyone who has been injured on the job and needs representation to have his or her rights protected and achieve the best possible financial outcome."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Brian Elston and when I have workers' compensation matters with my own clients (work that I don't do myself), I always refer my clients to Mr. Elston. He is caring, intelligent and a zealous advocate for his clients. When I recommend another attorney to handle an issue for one of my own clients, I make that recommendation carefully and with much thought. When it comes to workers' comp and other personal injury issues, I've never thought twice in recommending Mr. Elston to anyone of my clients."
Education Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian is the man when it comes to workers' compensation. He is extremely detailed in his case prep and very easy to talk to. He is regarded in the local bar as an attorney that aggressively fights for his clients while still maintaining professionalism with opposing counsel. Five stars for Brain!"
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