Judge Gary Cash

Gary Cash comes to Fisher Stark with over 35 years of legal experience, the past 25 of which were spent as a North Carolina District Court Judge. Gary was first elected to the bench in 1986 and most recently served as Buncombe County’s Chief District Court Judge, a position he held since 2002. Prior to serving as judge, Gary worked in Asheville as a general practitioner in the private practice of law.

Gary attended Davidson College, during which time he was an International Rotary Scholar at the University of Meunster in West Germany. Following his graduation from Davidson in 1971, he was a Rockefeller Fellow at Yale University Divinity School. He then went onto the UNC School of Law, earning his J.D. degree in 1976.

Gary is actively involved in the community and has held numerous leadership positions, including President of the Conference of Chief District Court Judges, President of the N.C. Association of District Court Judges, and Chair of the N.C. Custody Mediation Advisory Committee. He is certified by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission as a Superior Court and Family Financial Mediator.


  • Davidson College, B.A., 1971
  • University of Muenster, West Germany, Rotary International Scholar, 1969-70
  • Yale University Divinity School Rockefeller Fellow, 1971-1972
  • University of North Carolina School of Law J.D., 1976


  • President, Conference of Chief District Court Judges
  • President, N.C. Association of District Court Judges
  • Director, N.C. Joint Judicial Conference
  • Member, N.C. Domestic Violence Commission
  • Member, N.C. Family Court Advisory Committee
  • Chair, N.C. Custody/ Mediation Advisory Committee
  • Member, Z. Smith Reynolds Advisory Panel
  • Founding Member, Board of Directors, The Child Abuse Center
  • Elder, New Hope Presbyterian Church


  • The 2008 – 2009 28th Judicial Bar Professionalism Award
  • The 2009 Outstanding N.C. Trial Judge Award presented by the N.C. Advocates for Justice (N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers)
  • The 2009 Champion of the Family Award, North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
  • The 2011 Pisgah Legal Service Roy Davis Award
  • surf fishing
  •  yoga
  •  tango
  •  waltzing


  • “Blink,” by Malcolm Gladwell


  • fresh seafood
  • whatever comes from my garden


  • Sting
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Sinatra

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