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Catastrophic Injury and Death Cases

My practice is focused on the representation of individuals and families seriously injured or killed due to medical malpractice (physician, hospital and nursing home negligence), car and truck collisions, defective and harmful products, and other negligent, careless and wrongful conduct. I also handle cases arising from injuries and death sustained on the job or in the work place.


I have successfully represented clients in countless jury trials, hearings before agencies and commissions, and in arbitrations and in mediated settlement conferences. I routinely represent clients throughout Western North Carolina and across the state.


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    23 years
  2. Car Accident: 20%
    26 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    6 years
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    26 years
  5. Trucking Accident: 10%
    21 years



Contingent (25-40%)

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse W. Searson. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Jonathan A Millet

    Attorney Searson knows how to get results in lawsuits. He cares about his clients. He approaches disputes with opposing counsel in a manner that reduces unnecessary attorneys' fees while accomplishing his client's goals.


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Contact info

Cloninger, Barbour, Searson & Jones, PLLC

21 Battery Park Avenue, Suite 201
Asheville, NC, 28801-2770


GAInactive Member in Good Standing 198607/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice (Plaintiffs)Best Lawyers in America2012
Order of ServiceNorth Carolina Advocates for JusticeN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyVan Winkle Law Firm, Asheville, NC1992 - 1999
AttorneyKissiah & Associates (Decatur, GA)1989 - 1991
AttorneyDrew Eckl & Farnham, LLP (Atlanta, GA)1986 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeProfessional Negligence Section Member1999 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A1992 - Present
28th Judicial District BarMember1992 - Present
North Carolina State BarMember1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
State Bar of Georgia (Inactive)Member1986 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
North Carolina Advocates for Justice (Prof. Negligence Section)Other Paths to Success: Proof and Argument Regarding Physician Failure to Use Best Judgment and to Exercise Reasonable Care and Diligence (with John C. Cloninger)2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of South CarolinaJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NCATL Professional Negligence Section SeminarA Child's Future Economic Damages: Countering Defense Annuity Evidence2005