Gary S. Cash, J.D., was the Chief District Court Judge in Judicial District 28 (Buncombe County) from December of 2002 until December of 2010 when he retired from the bench after 25 years of judicial service.
He obtained his undergraduate degree from Davidson College, during which time he was an International Rotary Scholar at the University of Muenster, West Germany. Following his graduation from Davidson in 1971, he was a Rockefeller Fellow at Yale University Divinity School before earning his J.D. degree from the UNC-School of Law in 1976.
Prior to being first elected to the bench in 1986, Judge Cash worked in Asheville as a general practitioner in the private practice of law. He has held numerous judicial leadership positions including serving as President of the N.C. Conference of Chief District Court Judges, President of the N.C. Association of District Court Judges, and as a Director of the N.C. Joint Judicial Conference.
Other professional and community activities include, among others, his serving as Chair of the N.C. Custody Mediation Advisory Committee, as a member of the N.C. Domestic Violence Commission and N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission, on the N.C. Family Court Advisory Committee, on the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Advisory Panel, and as a founding member of the board of directors of the Child Abuse Center of Asheville.
Judge Cash has been awarded the 2008 – 2009 28th Judicial District 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 from the North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapists and the 2010 Pisgah Legal Services Roy Davis Award.
Currently certified as a N.C. Superior Court and District Court Family Financial Mediator, as well as a mediator in proceedings before Clerks of Court, he has returned to private practice exclusively doing alternative dispute resolution services with Fisher Stark Cash, Attorneys in Asheville.