North Carolina Lawyer Patrick S. McCroskey Receives AAML Fellowship

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Asheville, NC, Attorney Patrick S. McCroskey has been inducted into Fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an honor held by less than 2,000 lawyers nationwide.

Patrick S. McCroskey (, partner in the Asheville firm of Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, P.A. has recently been inducted into Fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) ( ).

To be named a Fellow, a lawyer must be recognized by the bench and bar in his or her jurisdiction as an expert practitioner in matrimonial law. Fellows must be admitted to practice law for 10 years, primarily engage in domestic relations work and have completed 15 hours of continuing legal education in each of previous five years. Fellows are required to pass oral and/or written examination on wide-ranging issues pertaining to matrimonial and family law, be interviewed by a state board of examiners as well as be passed upon by other matrimonial law practitioners in the state. Fellows must aspire to the ethical standards set forth in the "Bounds of Advocacy" as well as state bar rules of professional conduct and must have demonstrated involvement in study or improvement of matrimonial law, such as publishing articles or continuing education presentations.
AAML Fellows across the United States are generally recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill and integrity. There are less than 1,700 lawyers in the United States that have been granted this prestigious fellowship.

Mr. McCroskey's dedication and professionalism in the field of family law has also been recognized by the Peer Review group, Super Lawyers, as an outstanding lawyer in his field. In selecting attorneys for Super Lawyers, Law & Politics employs a rigorous, multiphase process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. Super Lawyers inducts only 5% of the attorneys in any given state. In addition, Mr. McCroskey is a Board Certified Legal Specialist in Family Law by the North Carolina Board of Legal Specialization. He was certified by the State of North Carolina in November, 2003.

Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, P.A. is a North Carolina law firm specializing in matrimonial law and bankruptcy. The firm has a long record of dedication to professionalism in the practice of law and their community. The firm's senior managing partner, Howard L. Gum, was inducted into the AAML in 1992, and was elected to Super Lawyers in 2006, its first year offering peer review recognition in North Carolina. He has been a member of North Carolina's Legal Specialization Committees in one form or another since its inception, guiding the state in establishing protocols for legal specialization in all areas of practice. Mr. McCroskey's induction to the AAML and inclusion in Super Lawyers North Carolina is further evidence of Gum, Hillier & McCroskey's on-going commitment to excellence in the legal profession in North Carolina.

For more information about Mr. McCroskey or the firm, visit their website at


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