David Gantt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Asheville, NC

David Gantt Law Office
 | 82 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-252-2852
Fax: 828-254-4539
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2017 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (30%),
  • Social Security Disability (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

David Gantt practices personal injury law at David Gantt Law Office in Asheville, North Carolina. Mr. Gantt represents injured individuals in personal injury matters involving social security disability, workers' compensation and more throughout Western North Carolina.

As an accomplished attorney with more than three decades of experience, Mr. Gantt began his legal career by earning a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He later attained his law degree from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has been licensed to practice in North Carolina since 1981.

Mr. Gantt is admitted to appear before several federal courts including the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of North Carolina, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Gantt has received recognition from a variety of organizations over the course of his legal career, including being named one of the "Best Law Firms" for workers' compensation in Asheville by U.S. News & World Report and is rated AV Preeminent*, the highest possible, by attorney peer review service Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been listed in the publication "The Best Lawyers in America" since 2015.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Gantt belongs to a number of professional legal organizations including the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the President's Club of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

Throughout his career, Mr. Gantt has authored articles on personal injury related topics and spoken at various seminars and conferences for continuing legal education. He also volunteers his time to organizations including the Airport Authority of the Asheville Regional Airport, the Triangle Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee and is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Workers' Compensation (30%)

Social Security Disability (40%)

Personal Injury - General (30%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff


Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2017 - 2019

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About David Gantt

Admitted: 1981, North Carolina

Professional Webpage: http://davidgantt.com/about-our-firm/attorney/


  • MLK Humanitarian Award, MLK Association of Asheville & Buncombe County, 2017
  • Greenway Hero, Friends of Connect Buncombe, 2016
  • Minnie Jones Social Justice Award, Western North Carolina Community Health Services, 2016
  • Champion of Buncombe County Animals, Asheville Humane Society, 2016
  • Outstanding Elected Official, American Planning Association- NC Chapter, 2016
  • Liston Ramsey Award, WNC 11th Congressional District Democrat of Year, 2016
  • Environmental Political Leadership Award, Sierra Club, 2016
  • Stepp Labor Leader Award WNC Central Labor Council 2012
  • Society of Legal Advocates 2013-2014
  • WENOA Sierra Club Leadership Award, 2010 – Present
  • Top 100 Lawyers in NC- American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 – 2010
  • Super Lawyer, 2009 – 2010
  • Friends of the River Award, 2007 – Present
  • NC State Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award, 2007 – Present
  • RiverWise Award for French Broad River preservation, 2006 – Present
  • NC State Bar Association Centennial Award for Community Service, 2005 – Present
  • Circle of Excellence Award for Community Leadership, 2005 – Present
  • Charles Campbell Regional Leadership Award, 2004 – Present
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, since 2015
  • U.S.News/Best Lawyers in America “Best Law Firms”, Workers’ Compensation, Asheville
  • Leaders in the Law (NC Lawyers Weekly/Elon University), 2016
  • Lawyer of the Year, Workers’ Compensation – Asheville, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award for Distinguished Leadership by an Elected Official, American Planning Association NC, 2016

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Worker's Compensation Law, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • NC Employment Security Commission by Governor, 2008-2012
  • Chair, Mountain Resources Commission by Governor, 2010 -2013
  • Member, Mountain Resource Commission by Governor, 2010-2013
  • Land of Sky Regional Council, Chair, 2001 – 2004
  • Buncombe County Commission, Chair, 2008 – 2012
  • Buncombe County Commission, 1996 – 2008
  • National Association, Social Security Disability Claimant’s Representatives
  • Sustaining Patron, Advocates for Justice
  • President’s Club, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 28th Judicial District
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1981
  • North Carolina Bar, 1981

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Life Member NAACP
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee
  • Asheville Airport Authority
  • President, Glen Arden PTA
  • Metropolitan Sewerage District Board
  • Eblen Charities Foundation
  • Dean Peoples Law School several years in late 1980s

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Cross Exam of Medical Expert in Social Security Disability Hearings", American Bar Association, 2017
  • “Keynote on “Motivation and Inspiration”, NC Employment Security Commission employees,Charlotte, NC, October 2009 and October 2006
  • “Economics of the Blue Ridge Parkway”, Virginia Tech Symposium, Roanoke, VA in October 2010
  • “A new sustainability index for WNC”, Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere conference, Asheville, NC, November 17,2011
  • “Trying the Automobile Injury Case in North Carolina”, National Business Institute, August, 1991
  • “Farmer’s Right of First Refusal”, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, September, 1991
  • “Advanced Worker’s Compensation and Ethics”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, October, 1993
  • “Ethics from the Plaintiff’s Worker’s Compensation Perspective”, Wake Forest University CLE, August, 1994
  • “Social Security Administrative Mistakes and Remedies”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, October, 1995
  • “Ethics in Worker’s Compensation Cases”, Wake Forest University, January, 1996
  • “Social Security Language Made Easy”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, November, 1996
  • “Social Security Jargon for Beginners”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, December, 1998
  • “Interpreting Social Security Language for Beginners”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, December, 1999
  • “All Star Trial of Sex Harassment Case”, NC Bar Association, February, 2001
  • “Intro to Social Security law”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, December, 2002
  • “Ethics in Worker’s Compensation Cases”, NC Bar Association, February, 2003
  • "Damages in Worker's Compensation Cases", NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, October, 2003
  • “Social Security Regulations”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, December, 2003
  • “Where do I find Social Security Rules and Regulations?”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, March, 2006
  • “Basic Social Security Benefits”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, September. 2006
  • “Basics in Social Security Law”, NC Advocates for Justice, June, 2009
  • “SS law for Paralegals”, NC Paralegal Association, September, 2010
  • “Woodson Worker’s Compensation Case”, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyer Magazine, January, 1996
  • “WC Ethics”, NC Industrial Commission, October, 2010
  • "Why practice SS law?", NC Advocates for Justice
  • Editor, Buncombe County Lawyer Newsletter, 1993- 1998

Educational Background:

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Major: Economics, Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, 1978
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Office Location for David Gantt

82 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: 828-252-2852

Fax: 828-254-4539

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Last Updated: 6/10/2019

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