Vincent D. Childress, Jr.


Vince Childress, currently President and a shareholder of Roberts & Stevens, has been practicing for more than 40 years in the areas of Business and Corporate Law, Trust and Estate Planning and Probate, and Healthcare Law. Vince has significant experience in complex transactions including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, business financing and corporate contracts for large and family-owned companies, small businesses, manufacturing and distribution companies; the entertainment and tourism industry; physician groups, tax-exempt hospitals, and healthcare organizations. Vince is the firm partner primarily responsible for transactional legal opinions.

Vince’s expertise also includes trust and estate planning for individuals, families and family businesses, encompassing a range from complex estate planning for families with high net worth to simple wills and trusts for clients who do not require tax planning. Planning for business succession for owners of closely held businesses is an area where Vince uses his expertise in both estate and business law.

Vince has been honored for his work being named as a Best Lawyers in America in Corporate Law and Health Care Law, as a Business North Carolina magazine Legal Elite in the field of business law, and North Carolina Super Lawyers in Business/Corporate Law. Outside of the firm, Vince is active in the community, including involvement with the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and volunteer work for Pisgah Legal Services, from which he has received the nonprofit’s Outstanding Pro Bono Services Award.


  • Counseled large, family-owned or closely held businesses in re-structuring of capitalization and shareholder agreements Estate planning for family-owned businesses and individuals including preparation of wills, revocable living trusts, A-B plans and matters of estate and gift taxation
  • Representation of banks and borrowers in multi-million dollar transactions
  • Representation of sellers and buyers in business ownership transactions

  • Representation of medical practices in all aspects of organization including employment, leasing, financing and physician-hospital transactions, mergers
  • Tax-exempt organizational issues for non-profit organizations, including creation, tax-exemption, mergers, reorganization operations and personnel matters
  • Representation of several physician groups, both large and small, in connection hospital-physician integration transactions



  • North Carolina Bar Association: Sections: Business Law; Section Council, 1994-1997; Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law, Chairman Related Professionals Committee, 1999-2000
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Board of Governors, 2020-2023; Chair, Nominations Committee, 2023

Awards and Accolades

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America: “Lawyer of the Year” in Asheville – 2024 Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2019 and 2021 Corporate Law, and 2022 Health Care Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2023-present; Corporate Law, 2011-present; Health Care Law, 2012-present; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2021-present; Trusts and Estates, 2024-present
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite: Business Law, 2008, 2013, 2023
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers: Business & Corporate Attorney, 2013-2022
  • Pisgah Legal Services Outstanding Pro Bono Services Award

Presentations include

  • “Legal Opinions,” 2017 NC Bar Association Real Property Section Annual Meeting panel member
  • “Planned Giving,” presentation to the guests of Carolina First Bank, Asheville, NC, 2010
  • “Contracting with Medical Groups and Other Legal Documents for New Physicians,” presentation to the American College of Cardiology Fellows in Training (NC/SC), 2009

Roberts & Stevens attorneys honored as 2015 Super Lawers

ASHEVILLE – Six attorneys at Roberts & Stevens Law Firm have been honored by their peers in the North Carolina Super Lawyers 2015 edition: Vincent D. Childress, Jr. for Business/Corporate Law William (“Billy”) Clarke for Environmental Law Jacquelin … Read More >

The 2013 Roberts & Stevens Law Firm – Best Lawyers

Seventeen attorneys at the Roberts & Stevens law firm have been honored by their peers in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013: Sarah Patterson “Patsy” Brison in Administrative/Regulatory Law and Land Use & Zoning Law and Litigation Vincent D. Chi … Read More >

Vincent Childress presentation at Carolina First Bank

In November, Vince Childress gave a presentation entitled “Planned Giving” to the employees and guests of Carolina First Bank in Asheville, NC. The presentation included comprehensive information about the benefits and options of planned giving. Childr … Read More >