Barbour, Searson, Jones, & Cash PLLC Welcomes Kathleen M. Cusack

Barbour, Searson, Jones, & Cash PLLC is pleased to welcome Kathleen M. Cusack to our team as an associate.  Katie’s practice started in Washington, D.C. where she represented domestic industries and producers in investigations and disputes of unfair trade practices in international trade.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Rochester, Katie graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law where she served as Editor in Chief of the North Carolina Journal of International Law, a Student Participant in the UNC Intellectual Property Clinic, Fundraising Chair for the Veterans Advocacy Legal Organization, and a Mentor for Women in Law.

Katie is licensed in Maryland, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.

Barbour, Searson, Jones, & Cash is a firm of experienced trial lawyers in Asheville, NC, that provides trial, mediation, and arbitration services and serves clients across a wide variety of civil and criminal matters.  To learn more, visit

Phoebe Bulls joins Allen Stahl + Kilbourne

Allen Stahl + Kilbourne is excited to announce that Phoebe Bulls has joined the ASKLaw team as our newest attorney. She graduated from UNC School of Law in 2022. She is a double Tar Heel, having moved from Texas to attend undergrad at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she majored in English Literature and minored in Creative Writing. Prior to law school, Phoebe lived in Namibia and then Winter Park, CO. We’re glad the Blue Ridge Mountains called her back and thrilled to have her at the Firm.

Attorney George Pappas Speaks at World Affairs Council of WNC

The World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina (WAC-WNC), in partnership with OLLI at UNC Asheville, is pleased to announce a speaker event on Tuesday, November 1, featuring Dr. George Pappas, Esq., on the topic of  “The U.S. Refugee Crisis–The Southern Border.”  The event will be held from 7:30-9:00 pm at the Reuter Center on the UNCA campus. (Doors for the Reuter Center will open at 7:00 pm.)  Or join via Zoom:  

Join the November 2022

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The 2022-2023 WAC-WNC speaker series is free and open to everyone.

Taco Tuesday with Women Attorneys & YLD

The Buncombe Women Attorneys, NCAWA and the Young Lawyers Division are getting together on Tuesday, October 25, for Taco Tuesday. For just $13, you’ll get 2 beef tacos and a pint!  This event takes place at BHRAMARI Brewing Company , 101 S. Lexington Ave. Asheville, from 5:30-7pm.

Van Winkle Welcomes Carter B. Webb to the Firm

The Van Winkle Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorney Carter B. Webb has joined the firm as a senior attorney in its Trust and Estates practice group in Asheville. His practice includes helping individuals and families with their estate planning and estate administration needs. He is also a North Carolina Bar Certified Mediator in Superior Court and with the Clerk of Court and is licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

Before joining the firm, Carter spent the last eleven years as a member of the Asheville based estate planning firm Strauss Attorneys focusing on estate planning and probate/trust administration.  Carter was born in Asheville.  He graduated from Presbyterian College with an BS in Business in 1993.  Thirteen years later he left the workforce to attend law school, graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2009.  He then accepted a job with the University of South Carolina of Medicine as the Assistant Director of Legal Affairs and the Privacy Officer where he worked until moving to Asheville in 2011.

Carter served as the President of the Buncombe County Bar in 2021-2022 and is currently the Immediate Past President.  He is also a Council Member on the Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and is a Board Member of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.  Plus, he serves on two Boards for the city of Asheville, is an active member of the Rotary Club of Asheville and has served as the President of his neighborhood’s homeowners association since 2015.  Carter lives in Asheville with Leigh (his wife), and their two children, Reagan (17) and Beckett (15).

A dedicated and experienced team, The Van Winkle Law Firm’s trusts, estates, and elder law attorneys work closely with clients throughout both personal and business life stages to create customized and innovative solutions for estate-planning needs, trust and estate administration, and dispute resolution.

For more than 100 years, the attorneys at The Van Winkle Law Firm have provided a premier level of strategic legal counsel and services to meet clients’ personal, estate planning, commercial, business, and litigation needs. Headquartered in Asheville, Van Winkle is the largest law firm in Western North Carolina. With licensed attorneys serving clients in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida, the firm is one of the most respected in the region. For additional information, please visit