The Minick Law team aims for only one thing: outstanding representation. Our attorneys are concerned with constantly improving their knowledge of the law. Each of our attorneys concentrates his efforts in particular practice areas so that we can maximize the value of our services to our clients.
James Minick is the Asheville DWI Guy. James Concentrates his practice in DWI / DUI Defense and has handled hundreds of DWI cases throughout Western North Carolina. James co-authored A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top DUI Attorneys in the United States. The National Trial Lawyers association has named James one of its Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2014-2015. James is a General Member of the National College for DUI Defense. James has successfully completed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s course on DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, a 24 hour course taught to officers trained in DWI investigations.
James and his beautiful wife, Laura, have 5 children and are proud foster parents.
Lakota Denton, a Cum Laude graduate of Western New England College of Law, lives in Asheville NC with his wife Jacqueline and son Tayo. Lakota interned at Pellegrini Seeley Ryan and Blakesley in Massachusetts and the National Labor Relations Board in Hartford, Connecticut during Law School. Lakota practices personal injury and workers compensation law and is committed to representing injured persons and helping educate people on their rights for compensation.
Anthony R. Tuorto
AttorneyAnthony Tuorto graduated from Vermont Law School in 2009. After an externship in the Buncombe County Public Defender’s Office, he relocated to Asheville, NC, where he lives with his wife Shannan. Anthony served for several years as an Assistant District Attorney in Henderson, Polk and Transylvania Counties before entering private practice. His years in the public sector have given him the opportunity to try hundreds of cases, spend countless hours in the courtroom and develop expertise in all aspects of criminal law.
Robert Gilligan was raised in Waynesville, NC, and joined the U.S. Air Force right out of high school. After being honorably discharged after 6 years, Robert attended Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, MI. Robert was highly involved in the University’s law student groups, being the Dean of the Delta Theta Phi chapter, Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, President of the Law Student Veteran’s Organization, as well as a member of dozens of other agencies. Robert interned with the 3rd Circuit Court, Family Division, and later worked as an associate for a number of solo practitioners in the Metro-Detroit area practicing in areas of law ranging from Bankruptcy to criminal defense. In 2013, Robert relocated back to Waynesville, NC where he lives with his wife, Marissa, and daughter, Claire. Robert’s practice areas include family law, criminal defense, and estate planning.
Lance is a graduate of the Charlotte School of Law. He spent 12 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Harvey, LA. During his tenure there he worked in the Street Crimes Division as well as being a Team Leader of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. During law school, Lance interned at the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office. Lance is certified in DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (24 hour training) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (16 hour training) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Megan is a graduate from the Charlotte School of Law. While in law school, Megan served as the president of CharlotteLaw Cares (the community service organization), treasurer for the Family Law Organization and acted as a student ambassador. In her third year, Megan obtained her third year practice certification as a clinical student. After law school, Megan was hired on as a fellow with SafeAlliance in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and helped victims of domestic violence navigate the legal process. Megan has focused mainly on family law and other civil matters since entering the private sector. When she is not assisting her client’s and their families, Megan is taking care of her Husband and their two sons.
Blake Marcus graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with honors. During law school, Blake completed an internship with the honorable Michelle M. Rick in the 29th Circuit Court of Michigan. His primary practice area is DWI defense. He has completed the NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course.
What Our Clients are Saying
Minick's law firm proved to be an invaluable resource to me during my cumbersome trial of obtaining a limited privilege license on my own. I had waited over a month for a judge to sign my paperwork before contacting Minick's office. They were extremely swift, professional, understanding, and supportive. I was afforded a great rate for their service and I had my paperwork singed in less than 24 hours! Thanks to Holly and the rest of the staff there; I would highly recommend Minick Law for legal service or representation.
James Minick is an excellent lawyer and helped me fight my dwi case in Asheville. I got charged in 2012. The process was long-- the state DA continued my case numerous times-- and Mr. Minick was there with me each time to represent me. From the beginning he was extremely helpful, professional, and informative with my case and was confident he could prove me not guilty. His entire Minick Law team was friendly and always available to me. The case finally went to trial recently in 2015 and he tried to keep me as confident as I could be. During the trial James Minick proved me not guilty of my DWI case. After being told by other law firms I visited before going to Minick Law that it could not be proven not guilty and to just plead guilty, I am extremely glad I visited Mr. Minick instead. He also cut me a deal because I am a college student even though he came to court more than a dozen times with me. I highly recommend James Minick and his team for any legal issues.
Lakota Denton is the consummate professional. He is compassionate, meticulous, and knows his stuff. He doesn't miss a thing. Most importantly for me, he is passionate about what he does and retains a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong. He isn't afraid to fight and fight hard, to correct a wrong. Minick Law has a friendly, helpful, efficient staff to back him up, people who clearly believe in and enjoy the work they do. Great firm. Wonderful and rare attorney. We could use a million more just like him.
Less than a year ago we approached Lakota Denton for legal assistance with a difficult Workers' Compensation claim involving a complex occupational disease that my partner developed as a result of the labor he did and the work load he maintained for eight years at his former Job. His employer had refused to recognize his illness as work related, so we proceeded by seeking legal council at Minick Law and we are truly thankful that we did. Lakotas' professionalism and intelligence, though remarkable, are hardly his best attributes. He is kind and personable which is rare in his field, but above all he is diligent and dedicated to protecting the rights of his clients whomever they may be. Though aspects of our case were tedious and often frustrating, he never ceased to be reassuring, calm and confident. The litigation that Lakota and his team built and brought forth to the opposing council allowed us to settle our claim without going to court for a sum we were very satisfied with. We would recommend Lakota and Minick law to our closest friends and family members.
I got a speeding ticket in Polk county, where I deliver the Iwanna. I am a stay at home Mom that homeschools. I was unable to attend court due to having my kids. Jake was amazing and handled my case for me. He kept me up to date on what was going on. I never had to worry. I would recommend Minick to anyone.