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Michael W. Drye
Michael W. Drye, P.C.
510 Swannanoa River Road
Asheville, NC 28805

Tel: (828) 298-1484
Fax: (828) 298-1470

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Calendar Last Updated: 12 Nov 18


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ADR Services:
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Formal Certifications:
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Superior Court Judicial Districts served:
10, 24, 25A, 28, 29A, 29B, 30A, 30B

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Michael W. Drye has experience in the following areas of Civil Law:
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Michael W. Drye has experience in the following areas of Family Law:
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Biographical Notes:
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Between 1996 and approximately 2000, my practice was primarily devoted to family law cases. Beginning approximately in 2001, I began mediating cases, primarily family law cases involving equitable distribution, alimony, child custody and child support. After becoming certified in Family Law mediation in 2003, the number of cases I mediated began to substantially increase. I became certified in Superior Court mediations in 2005, and have successfully mediated Superior Court cases, although the majority of cases I mediate have continued to be in the area of Family Law.

I currently spend aproximately one-half of my time mediating and one-half litigating and practicing law. The majority of cases I mediate involve pending litigation but a strong plurality involve cases in which no legal action is pending and where the parties hope to avoid litigation and view ADR as a much more viable alternative. I have mediated numerous cases with multiple counsel, CPAs and other experts present, along with the parties, and I have mediated a growing significant number of cases with just the parties present. I am totally comfortable in either setting.

Since approximately 2000, I have successfully mediated approximately 1000 cases, some involving complex issues regarding business valuations and multiple corporations and LLCs and other complicated financial issues.

I have been continuously listed in Best Lawyers in America as a family law practitioner since 2007 and as both a family law practitioner and family law mediator since 2008.  I have been continuously listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers as a family law practitioner since 2007.

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  • B.A., With Honors in Political Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1973
  • J.D., Wake Forest University, 1976

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Memberships & Affiliations :
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  • North Carolina State Bar (Member, Family Law Specialty Committee, 2006 to 2012)
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Member, Dispute Resolution Section, Family Law Section, Litigation Section, GP Small Firm Section)
  • Twenty-Eighth Judicial District Bar (Member, Executive Committee, 2008 to 2013)
  • American Bar Association, Member, Dispute Resolution Section


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Payment: Payment due on day of mediation at conclusion of session unless prior arrangements are made. Payment terms include cash, check or MasterCard, Visa or Discover cards. Each party responsible for one-half of mediation fee unless prior arrangements made to the contrary.
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Cancellation Policy: If mediation is cancelled at least 24 hours prior for good cause, no cancellation fee is charged. Although somewhat subjective, it works well in practice. Regardless of lack of prior notice, no cancellation fee for death, injury in family or illness or something over which lawyer or party has no control.
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