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.
Attorney James Minick
James Minick grew up in Waynesville, NC and has always had a strong connection to the mountain culture of Western North Carolina. James graduated third in his class from the Charlotte School of Law and was the Senior Managing Editor of the Charlotte Law Review as well as an advocate on CSL’s Moot Court Team. After conducting externships with the Chief Federal District Court Judge (W.D.N.C.), Robert J. Conrad, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, James decided to return to the Asheville area to defend the rights of those facing criminal charges in the Blue Ridge Mountains. James is a member of the National Academy of DUI Lawyers and The National Trial Lawyers. James lives with his beautiful wife, Laura, and 5 children in Woodfin.
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.
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.
Attorney Anthony R. Tuorto
Anthony served as an Assistant District Attorney in Henderson County before entering private practice. During law school Anthony completed an internship with the Buncombe County Public Defenders Office. Anthony’s experience in the public sector has given him the opportunity to try hundreds of cases.
Attorney Rob Gilligan
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.