David Gantt, Attorney: Asheville Lawyer for Injured and Disabled People

David Gantt, attorney at law, has over 30 years of experience representing injured and disabled clients throughout western North Carolina. At the David Gantt Law Office in Asheville, he offers clients knowledgeable and compassionate representation as he pursues compensation and benefits for workers’ compensationSocial Security disability and personal injuries.

Read more about attorney David Gantt by visiting his personal page, his work as a Buncombe County Commissioner.


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David Gantt’s Resume

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  • Campbell University School of Law, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • J.D. – 1981
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • B.A., Bachelor of Arts – 1978
  • Major: Economics
  • Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity
  • North Carolina Bar; 1981
  • North Carolina and U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina; 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina; 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court; 1985
  • 28th Judicial District
  • North Carolina and American Bar Associations
  • President’s Club- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Sustaining Patron- Advocates for Justice
  • National Association, Social Security Disability Claimant’s Representatives
  • Buncombe County Commission, 1996 – 2008
  • Buncombe County Commission, Chair, 2008 – 2012
  • Land of Sky Regional Council, Chair, 2001 – 2004
  • Mountain Resources Commission, Chair, 2010 – 2012
  • Nursing Home
  • Social Security — Disability
  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award for Distinguished Leadership by an Elected Official, American Planning Association NC, 2016
  • Lawyer of the Year, Workers’ Compensation – Asheville, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Leaders in the Law (NC Lawyers Weekly/Elon University), 2016
  • U.S.News/Best Lawyers in America “Best Law Firms”, Workers’ Compensation, Asheville
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, since 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Charles Campbell Regional Leadership Award, 2004 – Present
  • Circle of Excellence Award for Community Leadership, 2005 – Present
  • NC State Bar Association Centennial Award for Community Service, 2005 – Present
  • RiverWise Award for French Broad River preservation, 2006 – Present
  • NC State Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award, 2007 – Present
  • Friends of the River Award, 2007 – Present
  • Super Lawyer, 2009 – 2010, 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers in NC- American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 – 2010,
  • WENOA Sierra Club Leadership Award, 2010 – Present
  • Society of Legal Advocates 2013-2015
  • Stepp Labor Leader Award WNC Central Labor Council 2012
  • Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Legacy Award 2017
  • Environmental Excellence Award- Asheville Greenworks, 2011
  • Martindale Hubbell Client Distinction Award, 2015
  • WNC Elected Official of the Year – Mountain True, 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers- National Advocates 2014, 2015
  • Champion of Buncombe County Animals – Asheville Humane Society, 2016
  • Minnie Jones Social Justice Award, 2016
  • Greenway Hero, Friends of Connect Buncombe, 2016
  • American Political Leadership Award, Sierra Club, 2016
  • MLK Humanitarian Award, MLK Association of Asheville & Buncombe County, 2017
  • Board Certified in Worker’ Compensation Law by Board of Legal Specialization
  • Married 36 years to Charise Gantt, pharmacist at Western Carolina Community Health Services
  • 2 children Brett Gantt – Married, UNC undergrad, NCSU PhD in Atmospheric and Environmental Studies, employed Environmental Protection Agency at Research Park; and Carrie Gantt – Duke undergrad, George Washington University Law graduate, employed by City of New York Legal Department.
  • Elected to Buncombe County Commission 1996-2008
  • Elected to Chair of the Buncombe County Commission 2008-present
  • Elected as Chair of Land of Sky Regional Council 2001-2004
  • Appointed as Member of Mountain Resource Commission by Governor 2010-2013
  • Elected to Chair of Mountain Resources Commission 2010 -2013 by Governor
  • Appointed to NC Employment Security Commission 2008-2012 by Governor
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee
  • Life Member NAACP
  • Mountain Resources Commission 2010-2013; move to Past Board Memberships
  • Asheville Airport Authority (move to Past Board Memberships)
  • United Way
  • Eblen Charities Foundation
  • Metropolitan Sewerage District Board
  • NC Employment Security Commission 2008-2012 Governor appointment
  • Asheville Buncombe Community Relations Council
  • NC Advocates for Justice Board of Governors
  • Chair- Disability Advocate Section of NC Advocates for Justice 2008
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Parents Council
  • Pack Square Park Conservancy Board
  • President, Glen Arden PTA
  • Dean, People’s Law School- NC Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Asheville Airport Authority
  • “Woodson Worker’s Compensation Case”,North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyer Magazine, January, 1996
  • Buncombe County Lawyer Newsletter(Editor),1993- 1998
  • “Why practice SS law?”, NC Advocates for Justice
  • “WC Ethics”, NC Industrial Commission,October,2010
  • “SS law for Paralegals”, NC Paralegal Association,September,2010
  • “Basics in Social Security Law”, NC Advocates for Justice,June,2009
  • “Basic Social Security Benefits”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers,September.2006
  • “Where do I find Social Security Rules and Regulations?”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers,March,2006
  • “Social Security Regulations”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers,December,2003
  • “Damages in Worker’s Compensation Cases”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers,October,2003
  • “Ethics in Worker’s Compensation Cases”, NC Bar Association,February,2003
  • “Intro to Social Security law”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers,December,2002
  • “All Star Trial of Sex Harassment Case”, NC Bar Association,February,2001
  • “Interpreting Social Security Language for Beginners”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers,December,1999
  • “Social Security Jargon for Beginners”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers,December,1998
  • “Social Security Language Made Easy”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers,November,1996
  • “Ethics in Worker’s Compensation Cases”, Wake Forest University,January,1996
  • “Social Security Administrative Mistakes and Remedies”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers,October,1995
  • “Ethics from the Plaintiff’s Worker’s Compensation Perspective”, Wake Forest University CLE,August,1994
  • “Advanced Worker’s Compensation and Ethics”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers-October,1993
  • “Farmer’s Right of First Refusal”, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers,September,1991
  • “Trying the Automobile Injury Case in North Carolina”, National Business Institute,August,1991
  • “A new sustainability index for WNC”, Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere conference,Asheville, NC,November 17,2011
  • “Economics of the Blue Ridge Parkway”, Virginia Tech Symposium,Roanoke,VA in October 2010
  • “Keynote on “Motivation and Inspiration”, NC Employment Security Commission employees,Charlotte,NC,October 2009 and October 2006
  • Initiated conservation easement program that has preserved over 5,000 acres of Buncombe County farmland, ridge tops, and open spaces
  • Initiated ordinance to ban new billboards in Buncombe County
  • Initiated measure to protect 80 acres of land adjoining the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Initiated resolution that stopped paved road through National Forest
  • Initiated Dark Skies ordinance that saves energy and limits light trespass and light pollution in Buncombe County
  • Supported 1st countywide zoning plan to protect mountains and communities
  • Supported storm water ordinance that reduces flooding and landslide potential
  • Supported creation and funding of 30 acre urban park in downtown Asheville
  • Supported measures to limit condominiums on ridge tops and steep slopes
  • Supported County law limiting new cell tower construction on mountain tops
  • Supported steep slope and ridge top ordinance to protect mountain slopes from over development
  • Supported zoning overlay designed to protect views on Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Supported ordinance to clean up junk yards, junk cars in Buncombe County
  • Supported resolution to create Craggy Garden wilderness area near Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Support recycling center for compost, construction waste
  • Support one of best land fill programs in North America
  • Support measures to clean up trash and garbage in Buncombe County
  • Prepared documents that help stop destruction of StandHill Mt. local park
  • Awarded the Asheville Greenworks’ Environmental Excellence Award in 2011
  • Owner of successful small law office, starting from scratch
  • Supported economic incentives for new and expanding local businesses
  • Supported fiscally responsible budgets in County
  • Supported created of Job Incubator project in partnership with AB Tech
  • Supported full funding of school needs in city, county, and community college
  • Supported successful $130 million election for funding of needed AB Tech
  • Asheville Airport Authority
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee
  • Life Member NAACP
North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law
10.0David Gantt

82 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-252-2852
Toll Free: 800-273-4002
Fax: 828-254-4539

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