North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy Law
Over ninety percent of my practice is in the area of bankruptcy, financial distress, and debtors and creditors rights. I find problem solving the most satisfying aspect of my legal work and enjoy resolving not only the problem presented but the problems ancillary to the crisis at hand.
After three and a half years as Assistant General Counsel of FieldCrest Mills, Inc., a manufacturer of textiles headquartered in Eden, North Carolina, I moved to Asheville and spent a year as an associate with Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes, Hyde & Davis, the largest law firm in Western North Carolina. In 1979, Gum and Hillier, P.A. was formed.
In 2003, the State of North Carolina Bar Association bestowed its prestigious Centennial Award for Oustanding Community Service. I’ve been honored by my peers to be voted to Best Lawyers in America in 2009. In 2009 and again in 2010, I was included in Super Lawyers’ Star Search, and in 2011, I was first selected to Super Lawyers main list in North Carolina. In 2013, Best Lawyers bestowed its prestigious Lawyer of the Year for Consumer Bankruptcy in Asheville. I have been recognized by Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite since 2013.
I am a Board Certified Specialist in Consumer and Business Bankruptcy Law and have been since 1993. I have been a Certified Mediator since 1995. I have served as Chapter 7 Panel Trustee for the Western District of North Carolina since the late 70’s. I have extensive experience representing both debtors and creditors in Chapter 7, 11, 12, and 13, with a primary emphasis on consumer matters.
I attend and graduated from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee in 1970, cum laude, with Honors in History, and received my Law Degree from Duke University in 1974.
I practiced for several years with the well established Asheville firm of Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes & Davis, P.A., then in early 1979 formed the firm of Gum and Hillier, P.A., with my partner, Howard L. Gum.
I have been privileged to participate extensively in civic affairs, including leadership positions in church and community. Most notably, I served as a Member of the Asheville City School Board for eight years and as Chairman for six. I have served on and chaired numerous United Way Committees, was Board Member and Chairman of Asheville Boys Club and Big Brothers and Sisters of Buncombe County, was instrumental in forming Mountain House, a day training center for mentally ill individuals, and have served as member of the Asheville City Civil Service Board and the local Consumer Credit Counseling Services Board of Directors.
I take pride in having acted as tutor at a local elementary school one hour a week since 1995, and as cross-country coach of Asheville Middle School since 2001 and it was a great honor and pleasure to have served as President of the local (500 + lawyers) Bar Association in 2000-2001.
I have been married since 1980 to Haywood, and we have three children, born in 1984, 1986 and 1988. We enjoy family trips, camping, hiking and participating in our children’s school and sports activities. In addition, I enjoy reading, music, the outdoors and traveling.
David Hillier is a man of many talents, interests and dedications. Its Dave’s commitment to the betterment of his community and society at large that set him apart. Dave has been a youth coach for 17 seasons in five sports: baseball, basketball, soccer, roller hockey and cross country. Obviously an athlete himself, Dave’s has enjoyed coaching the Asheville Middle School Cross Country Team for eight years. And, for the last 15 years, he has tutored students two mornings a week at Jones School.
Dave has served the legal community in Western North Carolina in many capacities, ranging from Bar President to lawyer mentor. Dave’s 2004 Centennial Award is evidence of the respect his peers have for him. It is a peer nomination recognition by the state bar, and is meant to acknowledge the goodness a lawyer portrays in his daily and civic life.
Dave is one of those truly all around good guys. He places great importance on family and most enjoys those moments of genuine affection, fun and closeness offered only in a loving home. From mentor, to coach, to husband and funny guy, you can see from the snapshot images Dave provided that his smile is a most infectious part of his character and he shares it freely.