E.D. Gaskins, Jr.

Partner

Practice Areas:  Professional and Occupational Licensure, Administrative Law, Appellate Advocacy, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, Business and Corporate Law, Business and Commercial Litigation, Property Tax Appeals

E.D. Gaskins, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Except for the two years he served his country as a captain in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Ed Gaskins has been serving clients in Raleigh since 1966.

Ed, who is one of the firm’s founding partners, has successfully litigated matters involving such diverse subjects as insurance coverage, business organizational disputes, bankruptcy, and ad valorem tax appeals. Ed also is a frequent appellate advocate concerning matters he has litigated in the trial court as well as matters litigated by other attorneys who associate Ed on appeal. His most frequent cases involve resolution of business disputes but it was construction-related litigation that led him to become one of the first attorneys in North Carolina involved in toxic mold litigation.

While Ed takes pride in counseling clients and settling disputes without going to court, he is also prepared to litigate as he is admitted to practice in each of the three Federal district courts in North Carolina, the North Carolina Supreme Court, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Appeals Court, the District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Claims and, yes, the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has been recognized in “Super Lawyers” and “Best Lawyers in America” in commercial litigation and is one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in North Carolina by the American Trial Lawyers Association.

Ed is a Founding Master and past president of the The Craven-Everett American Inn of Court (formerly the Braxton Craven Inn of Court), which was formed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of lawyers and judges. A frequent lecturer and author on the topic of professionalism, Ed has advocated the principles of integrity, courtesy, honesty and responsibility throughout much of his career. As a result, he has been chosen to serve on many law-related committees such as the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism, the North Carolina Commission on the Delivery of Legal Services, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the N.C. Bar Association’s Administration of Justice Study Committee and the Wake County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee.

His commitment to professionalism led to his being awarded the prestigious Joseph Branch Professionalism Award in 2004. He also served on the N.C. Bar Association Board of Governors and served as President of the Wake County Bar Association in 2009. His exemplary career and diverse practice led to his induction into the North Carolina Bar Association General Practice’s Hall of Fame in 2012.

His service to his neighbors, his community and his church is well known and includes service on the board of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, being a PTA leader, service on various Wake County education committees and task forces, being chairman of the Theatre In The Park community theater, service on the board of the Wake County Interfaith Alliance and being a deacon, trustee and Sunday School teacher for the last 40 years at Hayes Barton Baptist Church.

Ed’s reputation as a lawyer and a person has resulted in 95 percent of his clients having come to him as a referral from existing clients, former clients and other lawyers.


Personal Perspective

Ed enjoys reading history and biographies, spending time at Pine Knoll Shores, dancing to beach music with his wife Ann, keeping up with ACC sports (especially Wake Forest and Duke), hosting an annual Independence Day party and, above all, spending time with his six grandchildren.

Bio

Education:

  • Wake Forest University, B.A. 1963
  • Duke University School of Law, J.D. 1966

Bar Admissions:

  • North Carolina, 1966
  • District of Columbia, 1979

Court Admissions:

  • Eastern, Middle and Western U.S. District Courts, North Carolina
  • Fourth U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations:

  • North Carolina Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame, inducted 2012
  • Wake County Bar Association, President, 2009, Committee Chair
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, Committee Chair, Section Member
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section Member, Committee Member
  • The Craven-Everett American Inn of Court, Past President

Other Recognitions and Community Involvement:

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in NC – American Trial Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Super Lawyer – Super Lawyers Magazine
  • A Top Business Lawyer and Impact Law Leader – Triangle Business Leader Magazine
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • American Association for Justice

 

Recent Practice Highlights:

  • In re Wetherill Family Land, LLC, 12 PTC 1406 (2014). Established that real property must be assessed as currently zoned.
  • In re NC Yadkin House, LLC (unpublished), 2012 N.C. LEXIS 1417. Established that a limited liability company can qualify as a non-profit organization for ad valorem tax exemption purposes through its parent’s status.
  • Technocom Bus. Sys. Inc. v. N.C. Dep’t. of Revenue, __ N.C. App. __, 723 S.E.2d 151 (2012). Established that the taxpayer was entitled to offset its use tax liability with sales taxes erroneously paid by its customers.
  • Mitchell, Brewer, Richardson, Adams, Burge & Boughman, PLLC v. Brewer et al., 209 N.C. App. 369, 705 SE.2d 757 (2011). Established that law partners who ceased practice were entitled to a judicial dissolution and were entitled to share in the proceeds from unresolved contingent fee cases.
  • In re the University of Oxford, 09 PTC 322 (2010). Obtained educational and literary exemption for ad valorem taxes on real and personal property in excess on $16 million on appeal to the Property Tax Commission.
  • Crawford v. Mintz, 195 N.C. App. 713, 673 S.E.2d 746 (2009).  Collected $9,200 judgment and $175,000 attorney fee reimbursement for Mr. and Mrs. Crawford for negligent damage to their property (after a jury trial, one hearing in the Supreme Court and two in the Court of Appeals).
  • Sentinel Fence, LLC v. Franken, (Robeson County Superior Court, 07 CVS 1997(2009).  Obtained jury verdict against member-manager of LLC for unfair trade practices after five-day jury trial.
  • Egelhof v. Szulik, 193 N.C. App. 612, 668 S.E.2d 367 (2008).  Obtained reversal of a sanction against out of state lawyers arising out of a shareholder dirivitive action in the Business Court.

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