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Steve is a litigation attorney experienced in both state and federal courts. He practices in the areas of employment, construction and toxic tort litigation. Although his practice is generally defense oriented, Steve has enjoyed success in several plaintiff-based commercial litigation cases that were tried to verdict. Additionally, he maintains an active administrative practice, appearing before numerous state and federal agencies. He is also a frequent lecturer on employment, construction and ethics issues.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Construction: 33%
  3. Employment: 33%

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The Van Winkle Law Firm

11 North Market Street
Asheville, NC, 28801

PO Box 7376
Asheville, NC, 28802

550 S. Tryon St., Ste. 2900
Charlotte, NC, 28202



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201008/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal EliteBusiness North CarolinaN/A
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
LCA FellowLitigation Council of AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Van Winkle Law Firm2011 - Present
PartnerKatten Muchin Rosenman LLP2008 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
28th Judicial District BarN/AN/A
26th Judicial Circuit Bar AssociationN/AN/A
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/AN/A
North Carolina State BarN/AN/A
State Bar of TexasN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mercam v. PortlynN/A
Agner v. Daniel Int’l CorpN/A
Richardson v. Pitter Patter of Little Feet, Inc.N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Aspatore Books (West Publishing)Construction Dispute Resolution2011
Lorman Education Services publicationPayroll Management in North Carolina2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Sam Houston State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Eat & Educate (Employment Education Seminar Series)Novel Claims from the EEOC2011
The Association of Corporate Counsel“The New Approach to Workplace Violence: The Best Defense is the Offensive Approach”2008
Understanding the Issues in North CarolinaThe Fundamentals of Construction Contracts2007
Professional Design ForumLiability and Risk Management for Architects and Engineers2007
Asheville, North CarolinaWorkplace Violence2007
Asheville, North Carolina“Employment Law from A to Z in North Carolina,”2007
ADA/FMLA/WC Issues in the TriangleUnraveling the Mysteries of Workplace Injuries2007
Office of the Attorney General for the Eastern Band of Cherokee IndiansManaging Ethical Issues in Your Day-to-Day PracticeN/A