David W. Cartner is a native of Avery County North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (B.S.B.A. 1974) and obtained his law degree from South Texas college of Law, Houston, Texas (J.D. suma cum laude, 1980). From 1981 through 1990 he practiced both civil and criminal litigation as a private practitioner and as an Assistant District Attorney in East Texas.

Coming home to the mountains in 1990 he associated with the firm of Devere Lentz and Bruce Elmore, Sr. Since 1992 he has been in private practice in downtown Asheville.

He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, Buncombe County Bar Association, North Carolina Christmas Tree Association, First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, UNC Alumni Association, and Asheville Board of Realtors.


Virginia W. Cartner is a native of Houston, Texas. She attended University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston (B.S. Geology and B.S. Science Education) and obtained her law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1983. She practiced law in East Texas and served as the Coordinator and associate professor of the Legal Assistant's program at East Texas Baptist University.

Since moving to the mountains in 1990, she has served the community as president of Asheville Symphony Guild; president, fund-raising chair, and publicity chair of the PTOs of Randolph Magnet School, Asheville Middle School and Asheville High School; chair of the education committee and the community resource/project development committee of the Asheville Junior League; and secretary of the Asheville Parent-Teacher Council. For over nine years, she served as department chair of the paralegal program at Cecils College. In March of 2000 she joined her husband in the general practice of law.

She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association, Buncombe County Bar Association, First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, the UNC-CH Parents Association and Asheville Board of Realtors. She has been recognized as "Who's Who in Law," "Who's Who in America," and "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."