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Howard Gum has been practicing family law and serving clients throughout Western North Carolina since 1976. He is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has been recognized for numerous awards based on his service and professional excellence. Since 2006, he has consistently been selected to North Carolina’s “Super Lawyers”, an honor enjoyed by only the top 5% of lawyers in the state, and has been continuously listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 years. His peers have rated him a 5.0 – the highest “AV” rating – through the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process based on his high ethical standards and professional ability.

Howard focuses his law practice exclusively on family law related legal matters, from preparing prenuptial agreements for those clients anticipating marriage to assisting clients through the arduous process of separation and divorce. He has a successful track record in representing clients from all walks of life and his vast knowledge and experience enables him to efficiently assess how the law affects his clients’ unique circumstances.

Howard and his staff are available to their clients when needed. They take great pride in providing prompt professional service to all of their clients. They strive to return telephone calls and respond to client inquiries without delay and always keep you up to date on every aspect of your case.

Howard and his staff are keenly aware of the emotional and psychological impact associated with divorce and other family related matters. As a result, they have created a professional, yet personal, environment in which these needs are respected and addressed.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 55%
    40 years
  2. Prenuptials: 15%
    40 years
  3. Divorce: 15%
    40 years
  4. Alimony: 15%
    40 years

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Contact info

PO Box 3235
Asheville, NC, 28802-3235

Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, PA

47 North Market Street
Asheville, NC, 28801



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal Elite, Family Law SectionBusiness North Carolina Magazine2016
Legal Elite, Family Law SectionBusiness North Carolina Magazine2015
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Law Firms in AmericaUS News / Best Lawyers in America2014
Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyersNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2012
Legal Elite, Family Law SectionBusiness North Carolina Magazine2012
Distinguished Service AwardNorth Carolina Bar Association2012
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2012
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2011
Legal Elite, Family Law SectionBusiness North Carolina Magazine2011
Super Lawyers Top 100 ListSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2011
Best Law Firms in AmericaUS News / Best Lawyers In America2010
Super LawyersNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2010
Legal Elite, Family Law SectionBusiness North Carolina Magazine2009
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2008
Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2007
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2006
Howard L. Gum Service Award (named for me)North Carolina Bar Association2006
Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2005
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Managing PartnerGum, Hillier & McCroskey, PA1979 - Present
AssociateVan Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes & Davis, P.A.1977 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (North Carolina chapter)Fellow1992 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember1976 - Present
North Carolina State BarMember1976 - Present
28th Judicial District BarState Bar Councilor2006 - 2015
North Carolina Board of Legal SpecializationVice Chair and Chair1996 - 2001
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Specialty CommitteeChair1987 - 1992
Publication nameTitleDate
Family Law Forum (North Carolina Family Law Section)Use of Forensic Accountants in Family Law Cases2010
North Carolina Bar JournalThirty Years in Family Law2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976