Herman E. Gaskins, Jr.
HARD WORKING LAWYER
Herman E. Gaskins, Jr. was born in Washington, North Carolina and was educated in the local schools. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1975. He accepted a clerkship with the Honorable John D. Larkins, Jr. who was the Chief United States District Court Judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina. On July 4, 1976, he became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of North Carolina. In the next two and one half years, he tried dozens of jury trials as a federal prosecutor and handled numerous appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
He returned to his home town of Washington, North Carolina in October, 1978 and established a practice with a strong emphasis on defending clients charged with serious crimes. He handled several high profile murder cases gaining not guilty verdicts for his clients. He also represented defendants in major drug smuggling cases - again achieving numerous acquittals. He is perhaps best known for negotiating a plea bargain for a client who was caught with twenty five tons of marijuana. This client paid a fine and received probation.
By 1990, he decided to focus on representing people who were injured by the negligence of others. Thereafter, he consistently obtained major verdicts and settlements for his clients. At the same time, he did not hesitate to try smaller cases if insurance companies refused to pay fair settlements. It is thought that he has tried more jury trials than any other lawyer in Eastern North Carolina who represents injured persons exclusively.
Debbie Helms Gaskins
Debra Helms Gaskins was born in Monroe, North Carolina and was educated in the Union County Schools. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1973 and from Campbell University School of Law in 1980.
She immediately joined her husband Herman in Washington and the law firm of Gaskins & Gaskins, P.A. was formed.
From the very beginning, she has limited her practice to family law. This includes divorce, alimony, property settlements, child custody, child support, and adoptions.
Her emphasis on family law has allowed her to realize that most matters in that field are best resolved by informed negotiations outside of the courtroom. Litigation is expensive and takes a psychological toll on the litigants. In many cases, all parties, especially children, are best served by reaching settlements that are in the best interest of all.
At the same time, she has realized that not all matters could be resolved amicably and has ably represented her clients in district courts where such matters are heard. She has consistently attended advanced training in family law matters and has been recognized by the North Carolina State Bar for proficiency in family law.