Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks P.A.

Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks P.A.

Compassionate and Experienced Attorneys Advocating for Injured People in North Carolina

Firm Overview

The dedicated attorneys and legal staff at Younce & Vtipil, P.A. take special care to make sure that every person who contacts our firm gets the attention that they deserve. Our firm handles cases in personal injury, auto accident, insurance litigation, workers' compensation, social security disability, product liability, bad drugs, family law and more. Lawyers, Robert 'Chip 'Younce, David Vtipil, and Joseph Baznik all have personal experiences in injury law that help them sympathize with their client's situation and keep you at ease during this difficult time.
They handle cases in social security disability, auto accidents, insurance litigation and more. Our workers' compensation attorneys David and Robert are both board certified specialists in North Carolina workers' compensation law and have helped many injured workers get the compensation they need to keep their families secure while they are out of work.
Our family law attorneys, Kristopher Hilscher and Ashley Banks are dedicated to providing a safe and comforting experience during a time of emotional turmoil. They can help you deal with the legalities of divorce, child custody and support, division of property and more in a confidential environment.
Se habla Espaol! Attorney Joseph Baznik's spanish fluency along with other staff members will help you feel at ease if English is not your native language. We don't want anyone to miss out on the legal representation that they need due to a language barrier. If you have been injured or are seeking help with a family matter, contact us today. We charge an hourly rate for family law consultations but we offer free consultations for all other cases.

Main Office

Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks P.A.
3701 Lake Boone Trail
# 300
Raleigh NC 27607


(919) 661-9000

Auto Accident

At Younce & Vtipil, we know the hardship that can come after a serious car accident. All of us have seen the damage and injuries that come from a car wreck, and we know the difficulties victims may have to deal with when trying to obtain money.

The effects of a car accident can be devastating. Long hospital stays and missed time from work can wreak havoc on your family's finances. Furthermore, the at-fault driver's insurance company maywrongfully deny your insurance claim or try to get you to settle before you have finished medical treatment. Our attorneys and staff stand ready to assist you in putting your life back together. We are prepared to take care of all the legal issues so you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the facts surrounding the accident. Every case receives individual attention and every case is important to us.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Each of our three partners has a different reason why they decided to study law. David Vtipil was injured in a hit and run accident while jogging, David was shocked that he only spoke to his attorney the day he hired him and the day he got his check. This experience made David realize that he wanted to become the type of lawyer that he wished he had had in his time of need. Someone who takes the time to explain the case and make his client feel reassured.
Chip Younce served in the marines as a prosecutor and legal advisor for active duty military familes. His experience in the marines legal system made him realize how important the field of law is to everyday people's lives.
Joseph Baznik is a son of immigrants and has devoted much of his life to helping immigrants and refugees. Practicing law allows him to help some of our country's most vulnerable people.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our firm prides itself on our attention to detail and commitment to taking care of our clients and doing what is right. We use a state of the art case tracking system so that all of the information regarding our client's cases is easy to access when we need it. Our staff is compassionate, caring and able to address potential client's needs in either English or Spanish.

David Vtipil

Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks P.A.

David E. Vtipil is dedicated to his client's success. He works one on one with his clients to make them feel at ease and help them understand the legal process. He handles cases in personal injury, auto accidents, workers' compensation and social secutity disability. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Workers' Compensation Law. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. He has received an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell and his peers a rating given to Lawyers who achieve the highest level of professional excellence as judged by his peers. The Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group also selected David Vtipil as one of the nation's Top 100 Injured Workers' Attorneys.


Wake Forest University
B.A., 1989

Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
J.D., 1993

Robert Younce

Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks P.A.

Chip focuses his law practice at Younce & Vtipil on personal injury and workers' compensation matters.

Chip earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in 1982 and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1985, and began a three-year stint as a as a Judge Advocate in the Marines.

In 1988, Chip founded the Raleigh office of the firm later known as Duffus, Younce, Melvin & Vtipil. Chip and David Vtipil founded Younce & Vtipil in Raleigh in 2001.

Active in his community and church, Chip serves as bishop of the Cary Second Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He moved to Raleigh when he was a child and has lived in the area since then, except for his time in college, as a missionary in Italy and in the U.S. Marine Corps.


Brigham Young University
B.A., 1982

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
J.D., 1985

Joseph Baznik

Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks P.A.

In 2006 Joe moved to North Carolina and passed the February 2007 Bar exam. He now practices in the firm's Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury sections. He is licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Joe is also a member of the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division), the Mecklenburg and Wake County Bar Associations, and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (Workers' Compensation and Auto-Torts sections).

Joe is also certified as a Superior Court Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission. The mediator certification follows a comprehensive mediation training course which included topics in conflict resolution theory, mediation process, and mediation ethics. North Carolina has required mediation of Superior Court cases since 1995. Less formal than trial, mediation is a particularly effective form of conflict resolution that often costs less than trial. Joe mediates cases in an effort to help parties to legal disputes find constructive resolutions that are not always available when they hand their fates over to a judge or jury.

In his leisure time, Joe enjoys playing golf and rooting for the Chicago Cubs.


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.A. Economics, 2003

Thomas M. Cooley Law School
J.D., 2006

Ashley Banks

Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks P.A.

Ashley grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and moved to Raleigh in 2007. After living in the area throughout college and law school, she has proudly embraced Raleigh as her home. As a middle child of five kids, Ashley learned to appreciate the power of a winning argument early in her childhood. She knew her upbringing and experience with a large extended family would serve as great inspiration and passion as she pursued a career in family law.
Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University, graduating magna cum laude, and then obtained her Juris Doctor from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University.
While in law school, Ashley received the Beverly Massey Scholarship and served as President of Women in Law. As president, Ashley led the organization to receive the 2013 Outstanding Organization of the Year Award for best serving the student body.
Ashley was also selected as a member of the Mock Trial Team where her skills as a litigator really began to thrive. Upon graduating, Ashley received the NC Advocates for Justice Most Outstanding Advocate Award and was inducted into the Order of Old Kivett for excelling in trial advocacy at regional and national competitions while maintaining the highest of ethical standards.
Ashley passed the bar the summer after graduating and was admitted to practice in North Carolina shortly thereafter. Since joining Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., Ashley has focused exclusively on family law. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the Wake County Bar Association, Wake County Young Lawyers Division, and Wake County Family Law Division.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys running, spending time at the beach, and being with her Old English sheepdog, Max.