About Us

Practice Areas

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Gaskins & Gaskins, P.A. is one of the major personal injury firms in Eastern North Carolina. We represent only persons who are injured by the negligence of others. We do not represent Insurance Companies.  The majority of these cases involve automobile accidents and negotiations with insurance companies.  We try to resolve all cases through negotiation; however, there are some insurance companies that refuse to pay adequate damages.  We are ready to file a lawsuit in such claims and present the matter to a judge or jury.  Being a “Strong Voice for the Injured” means a willingness to try a case all the way to a jury verdict.  Cases are accepted on a contingent fee basis only, which means there is NO FEE until damages are recovered.

Herman E. Gaskins, Jr.

Herman E. Gaskins 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 hometown 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 hurt in accidents. 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.

Herman E. Gaskins III


In the last decade, Herman has been involved in millions of dollars of car accident and wrongful death claims all over North Carolina.  From his base in Greenville, he travels to visit clients from the Outer Banks to the Mountains.  Herman is intimately involved in clients’ journey to recovery, whether they are in a hospital, home, or rehab center.  “We see a critical lack of access to medical treatment, especially in the rural counties of Eastern and Western North Carolina,” Herman explains.  “Perhaps the most important role I play is in opening doors for medical treatment and allaying fears over medical bills.  Medical treatment is a human right, especially when someone is injured at no fault of their own,” he adds.  Herman speaks fluent Spanish, and has helped hundreds of Hispanic immigrants navigate the claims process.