Allen Stahl + Kilbourne selected for Best Law Firms in 2022

Allen Stahl + Kilbourne is pleased to have been named a Tier 1 firm in Asheville for the second consecutive year in Litigation – Land Use & Zoning and Tier 2 in Asheville in Land Use & Zoning Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2022.  It’s rewarding to have our work in these areas again recognized by U.S. News. Our Land Use and Zoning practice is led by Derek Allen. Allen explains, “Every zoning and land use matter is different. The nuances and details of each project matter. Our attorneys use their experience and creativity to craft individual approaches to each unique project.”

In addition to our general litigation and business practice, Allen Stahl + Kilbourne regularly represents developers and interest holders in legislative, administrative, and quasi-judicial matters in front of city and county elected and appointed officials. We also represent parties on appeal in front of Boards of Adjustment, and North Carolina Trial and Appellate Courts handling Rezonings, Special Use Permits, Water/Sewer Use Agreements, Appeals of Notices of Violation, and Variances.

For a detailed explanation of the methodology for inclusion in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”, you may visit their website at

Land and Sky Relay Race

On Saturday, November 6, 2021, the four-person team ‘Crew(j)d’, which consisted of Steve Sizemore, Scott Boatwright, Wyatt Stevens, and Carter Webb (all members of the Buncombe County Bar), won first place in the Grandmasters Male category and finished 4th overall in the second Land and Sky Relay Race (see  Their total time was 9 hours, 17 minutes, and 54 seconds.  The race started at White Duck Taco in the River Arts District and finished at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort (a total of 63 miles).  In the inaugural relay race in 2019 (the 2020 race was canceled), these same runners also finished 4th overall.  These runners just get better with age!

Seeking Volunteer Mock Trial Advisor

The Franklin School of Innovation (A charter high school in Buncombe County) has started its first Mock Trial team this year. We are trying to find an attorney who could teach our team the rules of the courtroom. In mock trial, students compete against other schools, and essentially “act out” the side of a defense or prosecution team for their assigned court case. Students take on the role of attorneys, witnesses, and expert witnesses. They also impeach witnesses, perform objections and motions, etc. our next meeting is Monday, Nov. 15, from 12:30 to 12:55. We would be thrilled to find a local attorney who could meet in person or zoom with us and give a brief overview of what these different positions mean in the courtroom. If we could plan one or two zooms a month, where you start to go more in-depth explaining how to be successful in these positions, and watching the students in these roles and critiquing their skills, and their likeliness to win a case, the Franklin School of Innovation would be extremely grateful. The contact at FSI is Lexi Johnson. You can email her at

Ferikes & Bleynat Listed in Best Law Firms 2022

The law firm of Ferikes & Bleynat, PLLC, has been proudly selected to the U.S. News – Best Lawyers in America 2022 Best Law Firms as an Asheville Metropolitan Tier 1 ranked law firm in the area of Litigation – Real Estate, as a Tier 2 ranked firm in Commercial Litigation, and as a Tier 3 ranked firm in Litigation – Land Use & Zoning.  This is the firm’s fourth appearance on the Best Lawyers/U.S. News Best Law Firms list.

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings is now in its twelfth consecutive year.  For a concise explanation of the methodology for inclusion in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”, visit the Best Law Firms website at  

Ferikes & Bleynat, PLLC is an Asheville-based civil litigation firm serving clients in Western North Carolina.  The firm creates lasting resolutions to conflict and crisis and also provides negotiation and mediation services.  More information about our firm is available on our website at

David Gantt Law Office selected to U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2022

The David Gantt Law Office is proud to share with you that the firm has been selected to the 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” as an Asheville Tier 1 Metropolitan firm in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants. This is the firm’s 7th consecutive year of inclusion to this list. For a concise explanation of the methodology for inclusion in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” visit the Best Law Firms website at 

David Gantt is an Asheville-based Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, practicing in the areas of Social Security Disability, Personal Injury, and Workers’ Comp.  With nearly 40 years of experience representing injured and disabled clients throughout Western North Carolina, David offers clients knowledgeable and compassionate representation as he pursues compensation and benefits on their behalf.  David is recognized by Best Lawyers in America as the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Asheville Workers’ Compensation Law, he holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has previously been recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a Top 100 Lawyer in North Carolina by the American Trial Lawyers Association.  David Gantt Law Office appreciatively accepts referrals in the areas of personal injury, workers’ compensation and social security disability law.  Find out more about David and his practice at