Michael J. Macht

Michael J. Macht

Managing Partner
Asheville, North Carolina

Michael is originally from Owatonna, Minnesota. He attended college at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina where he majored in Political Science and Pre-Law. Michael was on the Dean's List while attending Catawba and obtained an academic Scholarship. Following college, Michael attended Penn State University on an academic scholarship. Michael passed the North Carolina State Bar Exam in 2005 and began work at the Buncombe County Public Defender's Office in 2006. In 2008, Michael began his own practice and in 2016, he partnered with Joel Schechet and the two created the law firm of Macht & Schechet, PLLC. Michael sits on the board of the Buncombe County Alternatives - a local organization that assists with high risk youth. Mike has had great success in the courtroom and has won many civil and criminal trials. Michael has been awarded numberous awards and is lead counsel rated in Criminal Law and Impaired Driving offenses. Michael stands ready to assist you in your criminal matter, traffic matter, personal injury case, automobile accident case, and is willing to discuss other issues with you.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law
  • Driving While Impaired
  • Drug Crimes
  • Traffic Offenses

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2005


  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 2005
  • Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science/Pre-Law

Honors and Awards

  • Lead Counsel Rated, 2015 - 2016
  • 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys, 2015 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Buncombe County Association, Member
  • North Carolina Advocate for Justice, Past Member
  • The National College for DUI Defense®, Inc. (NCDD), Past Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Buncombe County Public Defender's Office, Assistant Public Defender, 2006 - 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • Buncombe County Alternatives, 2017 - Present


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