David Gantt

Top rated social security disability attorney in Asheville, North Carolina

David Gantt Law Office
David Gantt
David Gantt Law Office

Practice Areas: Social security disability, Workers' compensation, Personal injury; view more

Licensed in North Carolina since: 1981

Education: Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2017 - 2023
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David Gantt Law Office

82 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801 Visit website


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 four (4) 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 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.  Mr. Gantt served as a Buncombe County Commissioner for twenty (20) years.

*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

Social security disability, Workers' compensation: claimant, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Personal injury - plaintiff

  • 50% Social security disability
  • 30% Workers' compensation: claimant
  • 20% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1981, North Carolina

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Why practice SS law?", NC Advocates for Justice
  • “SS law for Paralegals”, NC Paralegal Association, September, 2010
  • “WC Ethics”, NC Industrial Commission, October, 2010
  • “Woodson Worker’s Compensation Case”, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyer Magazine, January, 1996
  • Editor, Buncombe County Lawyer Newsletter, 1993- 1998
  • “Basics in Social Security Law”, NC Advocates for Justice, June, 2009
  • “Basic Social Security Benefits”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, September. 2006
  • “Where do I find Social Security Rules and Regulations?”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, March, 2006
  • “Social Security Regulations”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, December, 2003
  • "Damages in Worker's Compensation Cases", NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, October, 2003
  • “Ethics in Worker’s Compensation Cases”, NC Bar Association, February, 2003
  • “Intro to Social Security law”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, December, 2002
  • “All Star Trial of Sex Harassment Case”, NC Bar Association, February, 2001
  • “Interpreting Social Security Language for Beginners”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, December, 1999
  • “Social Security Jargon for Beginners”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, December, 1998
  • “Social Security Language Made Easy”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, November, 1996
  • “Ethics in Worker’s Compensation Cases”, Wake Forest University, January, 1996
  • “Social Security Administrative Mistakes and Remedies”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, October, 1995
  • “Ethics from the Plaintiff’s Worker’s Compensation Perspective”, Wake Forest University CLE, August, 1994
  • “Advanced Worker’s Compensation and Ethics”, NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, October, 1993
  • “Farmer’s Right of First Refusal”, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, September, 1991
  • “Trying the Automobile Injury Case in North Carolina”, National Business Institute, August, 1991
  • “A new sustainability index for WNC”, Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere conference, Asheville, NC, November 17,2011
  • “Economics of the Blue Ridge Parkway”, Virginia Tech Symposium, Roanoke, VA in October 2010
  • “Keynote on “Motivation and Inspiration”, NC Employment Security Commission employees,Charlotte, NC, October 2009 and October 2006
  • "Cross Exam of Medical Expert in Social Security Disability Hearings", American Bar Association, 2017
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Metropolitan Sewerage District Board
  • Asheville Airport Authority
  • Eblen Charities Foundation
  • Dean Peoples Law School several years in late 1980s
  • Life Member NAACP
  • President, Glen Arden PTA
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee
  • NC State Bar Association Centennial Award for Community Service, 2005 – Present
  • Friends of the River Award, 2007 – Present
  • WENOA Sierra Club Leadership Award, 2010 – Present
  • MLK Humanitarian Award, MLK Association of Asheville & Buncombe County, 2017
  • Outstanding Elected Official, American Planning Association- NC Chapter, 2016
  • Greenway Hero, Friends of Connect Buncombe, 2016
  • Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award for Distinguished Leadership by an Elected Official, American Planning Association NC, 2016
  • U.S.News/Best Lawyers in America “Best Law Firms”, Workers’ Compensation, Asheville
  • Charles Campbell Regional Leadership Award, 2004 – Present
  • RiverWise Award for French Broad River preservation, 2006 – Present
  • Super Lawyer, 2009 – 2010
  • Society of Legal Advocates 2013-2014
  • Environmental Political Leadership Award, Sierra Club, 2016
  • Champion of Buncombe County Animals, Asheville Humane Society, 2016
  • Lawyer of the Year, Workers’ Compensation – Asheville, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, since 2015
  • Circle of Excellence Award for Community Leadership, 2005 – Present
  • NC State Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award, 2007 – Present
  • Top 100 Lawyers in NC- American Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 – 2010
  • Stepp Labor Leader Award WNC Central Labor Council 2012
  • Liston Ramsey Award, WNC 11th Congressional District Democrat of Year, 2016
  • Minnie Jones Social Justice Award, Western North Carolina Community Health Services, 2016
  • Leaders in the Law (NC Lawyers Weekly/Elon University), 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • National Association, Social Security Disability Claimant’s Representatives
  • Land of Sky Regional Council, Chair, 2001 – 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1981
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Sustaining Patron, Advocates for Justice
  • Buncombe County Commission, Chair, 2008 – 2016
  • Member, Mountain Resource Commission by Governor, 2010-2013
  • North Carolina Bar, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 1984
  • President’s Club, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Buncombe County Commission, 1996 – 2008
  • NC Employment Security Commission by Governor, 2008-2012
  • Chair, Mountain Resources Commission by Governor, 2010 -2013
  • 28th Judicial District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Member, American Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Major: Economics, Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity, 1978
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified in Worker's Compensation Law, 2003

Office location for David Gantt

82 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone: 828-252-2852


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2010, 2017 - 2023

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