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Van Winkle lawyers on 'Legal Elite' list

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Van Winkle Law Firm attorneys Ryan W. Coffield and Michael M. Thompson have been recognized as Business North Carolina magazine’s 2017 Legal Elite. Coffield was honored in the “Young Guns” category and Thompson was honored in the “Real Estate” category.

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Coffield, a member of the law firm’s Business Practice, works with small and mid-size businesses on all phases of corporate life, including entity choice, formation, ongoing operations, reorganizations and owner transition strategies. Coffield’s expertise in the areas of corporate and nonprofit taxation allows him to provide a valuable, unique perspective on his clients’ legal issues.
Thompson, a principal with the Van Winkle Law Firm, focuses on commercial and residential real estate transactions in Henderson, Buncombe, Polk and Transylvania counties. Since joining the firm in 1989, he has represented local, regional and national developers in the procurement, planning and implementation of commercial and high-end residential projects.
Since 2002, Business North Carolina magazine has honored Tar Heel lawyers by publishing Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, a listing of the state’s top lawyers in business-related categories. Winners are chosen not by BNC editors, but by the state’s lawyers. Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite has become the model for other awards and lists, but it remains unique as the only award that gives every active lawyer in the state the opportunity to participate.