Asheville Personal Injury Attorney
"My father became disabled when my sisters and I were young. Our family nearly lost everything, but my parents got good legal advice and persevered. My mother became a paralegal for the attorney who helped us. My father became our hero who preserved our future through wisdom, frugality and dignity. And I became a personal injury attorney focused on matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, and wrongful death, who truly understands when serious personal injuries hit home.
Today, as a father myself, I passionately strive to help those in Asheville and the surrounding area, who suffer disabling personal injuries or the loss of a loved one find justice, while working to protect children from carelessness." - Jay Kerr
Jay started his legal career in 1988 focusing on real estate development law, a passion grown from an extended family of builders and developers, including his father, who was a former president of the Charleston Home Builders Association. Between 1990 and 1993, Jay served as president and in-house counsel of a former mid-size residential construction company, operating in North Carolina and South Carolina. Today, he remains active in real estate while managing family investment properties in Charleston, SC, and being an avid student of New Urbanism.
Jay’s extensive knowledge and experience in construction and development provides a practical appreciation for the nature of property hazards and the legal area of premises liability. Consequently, his practice concentrates in helping those who have been injured by hazards on private or business property, and especially within the construction industry.
However, as a father, Jay also is passionate about protecting children from carelessness. Accordingly, over his legal career he has concentrated in helping children who he believes have been harmed by carelessness, whether through healthcare malpractice, in vehicular collisions, by property hazards, or otherwise.
Articles, Editorship, and Lectures
Jay has authored numerous articles on various topics surrounding workers’ compensation and premises liability law. He is the editor of the General Negligence and Premises Liability Chapters for the North Carolina Manual of Complaints, as published by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and LexisNexis.
He has lectured on various workers’ compensation and premises liability law topics on behalf of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Furthermore, he also has lectured to nurses seeking national certification on the legal aspects of life care planning for the catastrophically injured.