Howard Gum, AAML Certified Mediator and Arbitrator

Family Mediator and AAML Certified Arbitrator

Howard Gum has been practicing family law and serving clients throughout Western North Carolina since 1976. He is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and a Certified Arbitrator and Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has been recognized for numerous awards based on his service and professional excellence. Since 2006, he has consistently been selected to North Carolina’s “Super Lawyers” and has been continuously listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 years. He celebrated the 20th anniversary of his AV Preeminent Peer Rating at Martindale Hubbell in 2014.

Howard has historically focused his law practice exclusively on family law litigation. In 2017, Howard added dispute resolution, offering services in mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation and consultancy on family law matters throughout western North Carolina.

Honors, Awards, Achievements

  • Board Certified Family Law Specialist
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Fellow
    • Certified Family Law Arbitrator
    • North Carolina Chapter Charter, Member
      • Former Treasurer
      • Former President/President Elect/Past President
  • Best Lawyers in America, 25+ year member
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, 10+ year member
    • Top 100 List, 2006, 2011, 2012
  • Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, 2009-2013, 2015-2016
  • NCBA Family Law Section Distinguished Service Award 2012
  • Leaders in the Law, Lawyers Weekly & Elon University, 2011
  • NC State Bar John B. McMillian Distinguished Service Award 2016

Professional Engagement

  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 2016-present
    • Family Law Section
      • Councilor (several terms)
      • Committee Member (several terms)
      • Chair (two terms)
    • Lawyer Effectiveness and Quality of Life Committee
    • Board of Directors of North Carolina BarCARES, Inc
  • North Carolina State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization
    • Family Law Specialty Committee, Chair, 1987-1993 (during formation of family law certification exam)
    • Board Member, Vice Chair and Chair, 1996-2001
  • Administrative Office of Courts
    • Family Courts Advisory Committee, 6-yr appointment by Chief Justice
  • North Carolina State Bar, State Bar Councilor 2006-2015
    • Authorized Practice Committee
    • Grievance Committee
    • Executive Committee
    • Attorney Client Assistance Committee
    • Administrative Committee
  • North Carolina State Bar, Board of Paralegal Certification, Board Member 2011-2017

Education & Career

  • University of Illinois, JD, 1976
  • Bradley University, 1973, B.A. cum laude
  • Gum & Hillier P.A., since 1979 (now Gum Hillier & McCrosey P.A.)

Gum, Hillier & McCroskey PA

48 Market Street
Asheville, NC 28805

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