The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the state’s highest award for a civilian. Mr. Bissette was surprised with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from the Governor at the Leadership Asheville Forum event.
Sabrina Rockoff said, “Lou is the quintessential public servant – always willing to devote his time, energy, wisdom and heart to this community and this state. We are so fortunate to practice with him, work with him and call him our friend.”
Lou practices law in the areas of economic development, land use and zoning, serving the needs of clients ranging from private individuals to large businesses and institutions. Mr. Bissette’s community service includes two terms as mayor of Asheville from 1985-89 and eight years as a trustee of Western Carolina University and vice chair of the UNC System Board of Governors. He also currently serves as a Wake Forest University Trustee. It is through his dedication to service that he continues to exude the spirit of Pro Humanitate to his alma mater and the local community.
McGuire, Wood & Bissette has been a pillar of the Western North Carolina community since 1894. Our attorneys provide practical legal advice with personal, responsive service. We have always been committed, and remain so, to this community, this state and this region. In the roles we each play as professionals, in our families and in our communities, we have an intense desire to give back to this region and see it thrive. You will find that dedication evident in the service you receive as well as throughout the community we serve.