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.
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
James Minick is an excellent attorney with a great understanding of what can be done to get the best outcome in a bad situation. He is straight forward, realistic, and compassionate. Mr. Minick's understanding of the Buncombe County judicial system is thorough, and his rapport with the individuals who work in that system is admirable. I can't imagine finding a better attorney for DUI cases.
I was falsely accused of DWI last July simply for failure to burn headlamps at night. I am 62 years old and this is the first time I have ever had an encounter with a law officer in which I had to perform field sobriety tests. This officer was aggressively seeking an arrest. After passing the Breath Test and, in my opinion, the field tests, I was STILL arrested and charged. I was devastated. James Minick was the only lawyer of the four I interviewed to confidently tell me we had a good chance of getting a not guilty verdict. To our surprise, we lost our District court case. Mr. Minick knew this was an injustice and encouraged me to appeal to Superior Court. It was long and grueling but we won my case in front of a Jury. NOT GUILTY!!! James Minick is an extremely talented lawyer. He knows DWI law. His expertise and ability to challenge unfairness in law enforcement is simply amazing! I would encourage anyone charged with DWI offense to call James Minick at Minick Law.
I appreciate the honesty, quick action and efficiency for the time taken for my case. I know that James had bigger cases, but he made me feel important and comfortable. He gave me self-confidence and earned my trust. James made me feel that my case was equal to all the others. I recommend him and his staff for anyone that needs any kind of legal help.
This Law Firm really knows how to get the job done! What a wonderful and pleasant experience knowing and trusting that they would help me out in my time of need. All the Attorney's here are very professional and easy to deal with. I highly recommend The Minick Law Firm for any of your needs. Thank you! Patrick Cusack
James took care of a family member's case quickly and easily. It was a federal issue that was a real nuisance since we live in Florida. His office was efficient and effective and he did what he said he was going to do. James had a good feel for what needed to be done and how to get it done given the circumstances. We highly recommend his services and his firm.