Brian D. Elston

Top rated Workers' Compensation attorney in Asheville, North Carolina

Law Offices of Elston, Donnahoo & Williams
Brian D. Elston
Law Offices of Elston, Donnahoo & Williams

Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation, Employment & Labor, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in North Carolina since: 2009

Education: North Carolina Central University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019
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Law Offices of Elston, Donnahoo & Williams

80 Central Ave
Asheville, NC 28801 Visit website


Prior to becoming a worker's compensation attorney and personal injury lawyer, Brian Elston was a claims adjuster for a major insurance company.  As an adjuster working on insurance claims, Brian saw first hand the benefit injured workers and their families received when represented by an experienced attorney.  The experience as an adjuster led him to law school so he could be one of those attorneys that helped those families.  

After law school, Brian formed Brian Elston Law in 2015 as a solo practicioner.  After man successful years focusing on personal injury, wrongful death cases, workers' compensation, and employment law, the firm added partners, and became the Law Offices of Elston, Donnahoo & Williams in 2021. His passion for helping the injured continues and his personal injury experience has included premises liability, medical malpractice, pedestrian knockdowns, and truck and other motor vehicle accidents, and he has been able to obtain numerous high-dollar settlements and awards on behalf of his plaintiff clients. 

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Practice areas

Workers' Compensation: Claimant, Employment & Labor: Employee, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Construction Accident, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

  • 40% Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 30% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2009, North Carolina

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Brian served as the President of the Montford Neighborhood Association. Prior to that office, Brian served as the secretary and as a board member. The Montford Neighborhood Association is a nonprofit that serves not only the Montford Neighborhood, but the Asheville Community by donating funding and time to worthwhile projects, 2014-2016
  • Volunteer for Mountain Fire Baseball Association, a youth baseball organization that supports players and families., 2021
  • Montford Neighborhood Association, Vice President, 2013
  • Montford Neighborhood Association, Secretary, 2012
  • Asheville Affiliates, Pro Bono Legal Counsel, 2010-2014
  • First Presbyterian Child Care Center, Board Member, 2010-2013
  • BikerDown, Pro Bono Legal Counsel, 2013-Present
  • ABYSA, Coach, 2016
  • YMCA, Coach, 2015, 2016, 2018
  • Asheville Tennis Association, Coach, 2014
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • North Carolina Central Law Review, Senior Editor, North Carolina Central University School of Law
Educational Background:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Arts, Major: Economics, Honors: Dean’s List
  • Brian Elston was recognized as 40 under Forty, an award based on nominees business success and achievements as an active member of the community. Brian's nomination was based on his successful plaintiff-oriented legal practice, which served individuals hurt at work, in motor vehicle accidents, and due to general negligence. In addition, Brian is active in his community and served as the President of the Montford Neighborhood Association, coaches youth sports, and has served on a number of local boards, 40 under 40, Biltmore Beacon, 2016
  • , Standout, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2020
  • In 2016, Brian was selected by his peers as a "Young Gun." Attorneys are selected by lawyers throughout the state. His success in workers' compensation and personal injury has earned him the recognition of his peers. More importantly, he's helped clients injured at work or at the hands of another by advocating for their rights at every stage of the legal process, Young Guns, North Carolina Business Elite, 2016
  • Magna Cum Laude, North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • Top 8% of Class, North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • Two-time Regional Champion, ABA Client Counseling Competition, North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • National Finalist, ABA Client Counseling Competition, North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • Trial Advocacy Team, North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • $420,000 to a minor involved in a school bus accident, 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Brian serves on the Executive Committee of the 28th Judicial District Bar Executive Committee. He is the chair of the mentor program, which helps young lawyers find established attorney to guide their personal and professional practice, 2015-2018, 2018
  • Harry Martin - American Inns of Court - President , 2021
  • NC Bar Association - Workers' Compensation Section Treasurer, 2021
  • All North Carolina Courts
  • Western District U.S. Federal Court
  • Middle District U.S. Federal Court
  • 28th Judicial District Bar, Member
  • North Carolina State Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Member

Office location for Brian D. Elston

80 Central Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: 828-575-0288


4 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

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