I am the managing partner of Searson, Jones, Gottschalk & Cash, and I am a trial lawyer focusing on business and contract disputes, will contests and estate disputes, real estate disputes, and serious personal injury claims.  I have practiced law in Asheville for over 30 years.

I grew up in Shelby, North Carolina, and I was fortunate to be the first in my family to attend college.  The most important thing to me are my wife, daughter, and twin sons.  I am also grateful to be able to practice law with people I like and respect and to make a difference in my clients’ lives through the work I do for them.  Besides spending time with my family and my legal career, I enjoy running.  Running allows me to relax and clear my mind in the middle of what is often a very busy day.

As a lawyer, I try to help my clients come up with the best solutions to the problems they have.   That may require carefully shepherding a lawsuit through every step of the process through a successful jury trial, or quickly and efficiently negotiating a wise business settlement short of full-blown “litigation.”  I can and have done both.  When I was in school, I was a math and chemistry guy, and I try to bring that mindset to my legal practice while helping clients solve their problems.

I love grilling out for my family and friends on the weekend, and I used to write a blog called the Big Green Egg lawyer.  I still grill with my Egg and now a Kamodo Joe too.  And I tell myself that once the kids are all in college, I might go back to that blog.


  • UNC - Chapel Hill – B.A. with Honors, double major in Chemistry and Political Science, 1987
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1991


  • National Merit Scholar
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Litigation, 2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America® – Commercial Litigation
  • Super Lawyers®
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV rated

Associations & Memberships

  • Harry C. Martin American Inns of Court – Master of the Bench
  • Western District of North Carolina Federal Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina State Bar

Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
  • EBCI Tribal Court
  • EBCI Supreme Court

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