Member Profile: Michael W. Drye

Michael W. Drye
Michael W. Drye, P.C.
510 Swannanoa River Road
Asheville, NC 28805
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Michael W. Drye has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Contract Disputes
Cross Cultural
Debt Collections
Divorce (High Asset)
Family Businesses
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Real Estate
Trusts / Estates



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.


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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • 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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Michael W. Drye is a member of our NC chapter, NC Academy of Superior Court Mediators, the state's premier roster of certified attorney-mediators. The NCASCM profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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