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Jim Siemens

Family Attorney at Asheville, NC

4.8   45 reviews

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I am celebrating my 25th year of law practice in 2019.  Siemens Family Law Group is one of my proudest achievements.  Each of our lawyers are zealous and ethical advocates.  Together, we achieve results that would not be possible as sole practitioners.  My current focus is in the area of complex equitable distribution, but I am accepting cases that include a child custody component.  For more on the firm, and my practice, please visit www.wnclaw.com.

Licensed for 28 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 10/03/2022

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Jim Siemens
95 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC, 28801-2444

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  45 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2022
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Advocate and Experience
Jim did an incredible job advocating and facilitating a successful conclusion. I interviewed a number of attorneys before hiring Jim and felt his experience was critical in my final decision. Jim was able to anticipate what was coming our way and advise accordingly.
Posted by Carol | July 13, 2022
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Highly Recommend Jim Siemens!
I hired Siemens Family Law Group in Asheville, NC when I found myself facing an unexpected (and adversarial) divorce process. I specifically requested Jim Siemens, and I'm so glad I did. He is knowledgeable, responsive, and kind. He helped me get through this difficult process without compromising his integrity or mine. Jim's advice literally saved me from financial peril because it put me in a much better negotiating position. He had my back throughout the divorce mediation process. Both Jim and his assistant Dorothy were great to work with and I highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by Leslie | June 21, 2022
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Professional and Pleasant
Jim Siemens and his staff are extremely professional and easy with which to work. They are great at providing prompt replies and service and are pleasant people as well.
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2022
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Highly recommend
Jim is a great listener and committed advocate. He cares about your concerns and goes the extra mile to make sure you receive the best legal services.
Posted by Kurt | April 14, 2022
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Simply Perfect Execution
I needed to leave my home as a result of a highly toxic marriage that had finally come to an end. I was scared as my wife has a very high conflict personality style, and I knew I’d need a lawyer who could help protect me and the future I wanted to rebuild for myself and our daughter. Many of the local lawyers from the Ashville metropolitan area were hearst in family law, but none could I find that specialized in high-conflict separation. Quite frankly, I was scared as I knew that without the protection and guidance of the right attorney who really understood the rigors of dealing with high conflict, my future could be terribly turbulent. What struck me about Jim at first was his profile on his website. He was authentic, and completely values-driven and spoke as if he knew my situation and desire for a new life completely. His reviews were glowing on AVVO, and our first meeting was stellar. Jim’s quiet, calm, but confident demeanor instilled a peace in me that helped me focus. Jim took time to listen, and process, but in the end, always honor my values and goals - working quickly and efficiently to get all of our ducks in a row. Most of all, Jim had the heart of a coach; he sincerely gave wise counsel when it came to my daughter and her needs - always pointing me to my North Star. I was literally blown away by the quick, professional, and precise execution of Jim’s process - he had us sitting down to mediation with a legally-binding separation agreement within weeks! Done! The sheer relief I felt by having all of our i’s dotted and t’s crossed and under the law was worth more than I could have ever dreamed. Now, I’m moving on with my life and happier than I’ve ever been with a bright future. I was able to buy a beautiful home that is perfect for my daughter and I - a place where she can feel safe and enjoy her time as she grows up. I have a new lease on life, and I cannot thank Jim enough. He was a God-send.
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Posted by Grant | April 30, 2019
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Clear guidance, clean path to exit, and emotional de-escalation.
I worked with Siemens Family Law Group for my divorce, specifically Jim and Dorothy. While the situation I was in was emotionally charged, full of turmoil and confusion, the care and legal service I received was top notch. SFLG took the time to hear my needs and provide council for the options that were available to me. I had never been in a divorce situation, and felt personally and professionally attacked during the initial process and subsequent filing of the lawsuit against me. Jim helped by clarifying what the process of divorce looked like, helped lay out a plan for equitable distribution, child support and custody, protecting my businesses, and removed the drama from our side of the equation. With the help of SFLG I was able to remove the personal attacks against me, find a settlement both parties could agree upon, find peace in my time of difficulty, and come out a father who has equal time and rights with my child, which has no greater value.
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Posted by James | February 6, 2019
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THE Best!!!
Jim understood the dynamics of my high conflict case right away. He laid ground rules to follow to reduce the conflict and build the foundation of my successful custody trial. I did not always agree with Jim’s advice but I trusted him and followed it. He could not have been more right, at every turn! Jim is a straight shooter and will tell you the things you don’t want to hear but need to. Jim handled my case with forethought, empathy, personal attention, and peaceful resolution. I highly recommend Jim Siemens for divorce and custody representation. I feel you will benefit from Jim being involved in your proceedings but you will fare much better with him working in your favor.
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Posted by Gael | January 6, 2019
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A Most Competent and Gracious Lawyer to Have in Your Court
Jim and his staff were exceedingly kind, professional and gracious in developing my separation agreement. At a particularly low point in my life, I always felt they had my best interests at heart and would trust them implicitly to handle any family law issue that might arise in the future. I will always be grateful for their unfaltering assistance and sage counsel. Thank you.
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Posted by Michael | October 17, 2018
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Client
Jim Siemens and his team were very helpful and friendly. They kept me informed, discussed pros and cons and gave me good counsel. I highly recommend this law firm.
Posted by Alice | August 13, 2018
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Jim is exceptional
I'm very thankful that Jim represented me through a complicated and unpleasant divorce & custody. Jim and his assistant were tremendous as they helped me through uncharted waters and I always felt fully supported. It was very evident that Jim is well respected in the courtroom and can smoothly navigate any challenge. Jim's professionalism, knowledge and confidence is why he is at the top among his peers.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2017
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Exceptional Divorce Attorney
Five minutes in to my initial consultation I knew I would be hiring Jim Siemens. He had already come highly recommended by a work colleague. but he put me at ease and explained the process of separation and divorce in North Carolina. He provided me with all my options,best and worse case scenarios. He and his staff kept me informed every step of the way. Even though divorce is a painful experience, even when it is a mutual decision between spouses, Jim Siemens helped to make it a smooth transition. I also found it extremely helpful prior to my consultation to read through the articles that Jim Siemens provides on his website. Would highly recommend to any friend or colleague.
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Posted by Lisa | August 18, 2017
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Super intelligent, insightful, & professional attorney!
I was very recently divorced in May of 2017. Our divorce was tricky because of our businesses. Jim Siemens and his staff valued and distributed 4 different closely held businesses in our case, while considering tax consequences to me, as well as other considerations and negotiations. It was clear that Jim was knowledgable and able to guide me with confidence and insight. I felt confident because of Jim's intelligent and professional care in handling our case. I am very grateful and pleased with my experience!
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2017
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Hire this guy
Short headline: I am a guy and I got the house, maintained my financial standard of living, and got primary custody of the kids. Jim has represented me over a few years with actions including mediations, and a custody trial. Jim is thoughtful, careful, methodical, and truthful. In our custody trial we were up against a defendant who was extremely calculating and planned out her entire life around trying to malign and alienate me from my boys. The defendant had set traps for me and engineered no-win situations non-stop for two years leading up the trial and played the victim effectively enough to manipulate even seasoned mental health professionals to her advantage. We were absolutely in the right, but it was an extremely difficult case to prove. Jim took the time to trudge through the backstory with me, to exhaustively pour over evidence, and to listen to me put the flex points of the case into perspective. He found the handles, the leverage in the case and crafted a clearly understandable and winning message to communicate with the court. At the conclusion of testimony, he delivered a closing argument which so clearly explained the aspects of the case and so effectively tied our points to incontrovertible evidence that opposing counsel was unable to respond with a coherent counter argument in their closing. The judge ruled in our favor without further deliberation. Beyond his best of breed trial skills, Jim has the depth of knowledge to help you navigate the entirety of the process. He will help you put your situation in context, find the best approach given the circumstance, and keep you moving forward. You may be regretting some of your life decisions and this process can be painful and draining. Hiring Jim means your story will be clearly understood by the courts, your interests will be fiercely represented, and your life will begin again sooner than you think.
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Posted by Tiffiny | August 16, 2017
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Client of Jim Siemens
Jim handled my case which was very complex. He was honest with me throughout my divorce process and guided me to make decisions based on facts and the law and not my heightened emotions. He is a skillful litigator and was thoroughly prepared for court filings and mediation.
Posted by Bob | August 8, 2017
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Bob
I couldn't have any greater appreciation for Jim and his team . Their professionalism and preparation , beyond compare ! communication , strong and thorough .
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2016
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Divorce and custody process
I have much gratitude for the outstanding work Jim did in my and my daughter's behalf. His dedication and commitment were encouraging throughout this difficult divorce process.
Posted by Joshua | October 31, 2016
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Great attorney
Jim is an excellent attorney with a highly trained and kind staff who are always professional and fast to respond. I would trust Jim with any case, he is very sharp and very well respected in the legal community.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2016
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Painful but satisfied
Jim Siemens helped me through a very difficult process negotiating a Separation Agreement with my wife of 10 years. He was very patient and gave me excellent advice as I navigated this painful episode. Nobody wins in a family breakup but Jim made the experience less difficult. I am glad I found him.
Posted by Mary | July 21, 2016
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Jim Siemens is the attorney for best divorce and settlement outcome
From the moment I first walked through the door at Siemens Family Law I knew I was in the right place. The office atmosphere was calm, caring and supportive. Jim listened and made sure we both understood all the aspects of what we were discussing. . He worked with me to settle my equitable distribution, and insisted I not do anything I was uncomfortable with. He pointed out things I overlooked and I clarified things I was unsure he understood. Jim Siemens worked for and with me to get the best possible distribution outcome. After years of attempts at reaching a distribution settlement with my ex, I was able to finally get a satisfactory settlement with Jim's counsel and end that chapter. Jim is a genuinely good man who conducts himself with honor and is there to get the best outcome for his client. He does not waste his client's time or money. I have recommended him to several people in need of great legal counsel because I feel he is the best.
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Posted by Ann | June 16, 2016
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Ann's Review
I was very nervous and scared upon my initial consultation with Jim. My retired LAWYER husband left our marriage after 35 years. The end result of dividing assets through mediation ended up in my favor my quite a bit. Jim made my financial future secure therefore will not have to alter my lifestyle one bit. I am forever grateful to Jim and his assistant Lorey. They gave me strength and confidence during the most stressful period of my life.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 2%-5%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer and Owner
  • Siemens Family Law Group
  • 1994 - Present

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Duncan v. Duncan, NC COA12-399-2, 2/18/14
  • affirmed

Associations

  • Harry C. Martin American Inns of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2012 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Law Practice Management Section Member
  • N/A
  • Buncombe County Bar Association
  • Bench Bar Liaison
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Tier 1 Best Law Firm
  • US News Best Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2013
  • AV Rated Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Buncombe County Bar: Family Law from the Trenches
  • Equitable Distribution in 4 Easy Steps
  • 2019
  • NCBA Family Law Section Annual Meeting
  • Representing the Dependent Spouse
  • 2016
  • NCBA Family Law Intensive Seminar
  • Retirement of the Supporting Spouse and Modification of Alimony
  • 2016
  • NCBA Family Law Section Meeting
  • Modification of Alimony for a Substantial Change in Circumstances
  • 2015
  • NCBA Bankruptcy Section Meeting
  • At the Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy
  • 2015
  • NCBA Annual Meeting
  • Family Law and Bankruptcy
  • 2015
  • National Business Institute
  • Equitable Distribution of Pension and Retirement Plans
  • 2015
  • NCBA Practice Management Boot Camp
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (12)
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A friend of mine got divorced and Jim's firm was on the other side. She told me that she didn't like 'em, couldn't stand 'em, and if she had it her way, she would have hired his firm first. Jim is a sharp attorney that has earned the reputation of being an effective and diligent counselor. I refer cases to Jim and his firm, and have always heard positive experiences. I endorse this attorney for family law matters."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim for a number of years and have worked with him on several cases both as an adversary and in his role as a mediator. Jim is knowledgeable, thoughtful and thorough. I have never questioned his ethics or practices. He is a strong and competent advocate."
Family Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Jim on several cases as opposing counsel. Jim is a very competent family law attorney. Like all good family law attorneys, he recognizes the best solution for clients going through a divorce is almost always achieved by negotiating a reasonable settlement. Failing that, Jim is a very capable litigator."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim is a sensitive, caring, extremely competent and committed domestic law attorney."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a good, learned and competent lawyer that makes the practice of family law better for fellow attorneys and the clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Siemens for many years and cannot give higher praise to another lawyer in Asheville. His level of professionalism and ethics is unmatched."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is an extremely effective and efficient lawyer who is very thorough."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"For thoughtful, proactive, expert advice in all matters related to family law, there is no one better."
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Asheville Family Lawyer Jim Siemens
Jim Siemens
Family Attorney
Asheville, NC
Licensed for 28 years