Steve Aceto Retirement

Steve Aceto is announcing his retirement from full time practice as of April 1. “I turned 65 a few weeks ago and decided to follow my own advice and leave the party while people are still listening to my stories and offering me beverages, and before the Sheriff arrives.  Practicing with Buncombe County lawyers has been always interesting and a source of much delight to me.  Thanks to all of you for the privilege of enjoying your friendship and collegiality, for which I am ever grateful to God.”

Nick White Joins Lindsay Law PLLC

Stephen P. Lindsay welcomes Nick White, Associate Attorney at Lindsay Law PLLC.  Nick came from King Law in Hendersonville. He has been practicing since 2018 and will be practicing litigation.  Please Welcome Nick!

Damie A. Sesay has joined Allen Stahl + Kilbourne

Allen Stahl + Kilbourne is pleased to announce that attorney Damie A. Sesay has joined our firm. As managing partner Jeff Stahl explains, “We couldn’t be more excited to add Damie to the team. Her knowledge and expertise will be of great benefit to our clients.”

Damie Sesay is an experienced litigator. She began her legal career in the Washington, D.C. area as a prosecutor where she gained invaluable litigation experience. Damie then served as in-house counsel for a large insurance company. Since moving to North Carolina in 2016, Damie served as an Assistant Attorney General where she defended state agencies before the Industrial Commission. Most recently, she practiced in the areas of liability defense and litigation. In this capacity, she defended large businesses and insurance companies in a variety of matters in administrative, state, and federal courts. Her vast experience has led to several speaking engagements and publications.

As Stahl explains, “Adding Damie as our 12th attorney, allows the firm to increase the legal services we can provide our varied client base of businesses and individuals. She brings depth and breadth of experience to Allen Stahl + Kilbourne and will thrive on the challenge of tackling complex legal issues in representing our clients to the fullest.”

Damie obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and her law degree from American University Washington College of Law.  While in law school, she participated in the Moot Court Honor Society, the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, and the General Practice Clinic. She also received the Pro Bono Honors Pledge Award for her commitment to community service.

Damie currently serves on the Board for the Nineteen Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization in Nigeria. NYF’s mission is to reach high school and college-aged women by providing vocational training and basic resources these women may not otherwise have access to.

Damie has called Asheville home since 2019, and lives with her husband and two children.

Derek J. Allen of Allen Stahl + Kilbourne Featured in NCBA’s Expert Series On-Demand CLE

Buncombe County Bar Member Derek J. Allen of Allen Stahl + Kilbourne is the featured speaker in this month’s Expert Series On-Demand CLE from the North Carolina Bar Association.  He joins with Raleigh’s John Szymankiewicz to give guidance on alcohol law for general practitioners in the one hour free CLE: “North Carolina Alcohol Law for Producers and Sellers.”

North Carolina Bar Association members can add the free CLE to their account any time in March and watch it within 90 days.

Despite the relative availability to the public at large, alcohol production, distribution and sale are highly regulated at the federal, state and local levels. Many attorneys make an entire career of working with the nuances of alcohol law, but the goal of this short program is to provide an overview of the regulatory issues facing businesses that work to deliver you your favorite pint, glass or dram. Derek J. Allen (left) and John R. Szymankiewicz (right) offer insight to help you identify issues when you counsel a business that deals with alcohol.