“I possess unique skills and knowledge of how the condemnation process works having done it for over 27 years. I again represent property owners to assure that the playing field remains level, and that the landowners of Western North Carolina are not out-gunned, or outmanned when the NCDOT takes their land.”
- Kevin Mahoney
Attorney Kevin Mahoney (Partner)
Kevin Mahoney is a Partner of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. He joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2019 as part of the firm’s eminent domain practice and is the attorney in charge of the Asheville office.
He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Georgetown University as well.
Helping a neighbor or someone who is having a hard time connects us. Kevin Mahoney was taught this lesson as a young man by his parents, who were always volunteering. Kevin spent his time between college graduation and law school building stoves for the poor in Central America.
After completing law school, Kevin learned to try jury trials as a prosecutor and then spent more than a decade helping landowners try to obtain just compensation in eminent domain cases.
The case that he is proudest of resulted in the reversal of the taking of private land and a restoration of the landowner’s ownership.1^ A city took a thriving commercial strip mall by eminent domain and turned it over to a private corporation to build a private baseball stadium on the property. Kevin worked with another lawyer and filed a lawsuit challenging the taking. They won. The taking was reversed. The landowner’s property ownership rights were restored. Justice was served.
Kevin and his wife decided to move to Western North Carolina when the pull of his young family and the requirements of a busy big-city law practice prompted some soul searching.
Kevin joined the Attorney General’s Western Office in Asheville, which covers the 26 westernmost counties in NC. He was assigned some of the most complex cases in the Western Office as well as many of the cases with the highest monetary exposure, all while mentoring younger attorneys and sharing his decades-long condemnation experience with them.
Eventually rising up to Special Deputy Attorney General meant leading the Western Office – managing and assigning hundreds of cases, hiring and training new attorneys, and more. Teaching aspiring real estate brokers in the evening also allowed Kevin to help people who were trying to break into a new career.
Kevin has a keen sense of fairness, and recognizes the importance of a level playing field. This sense of fairness is what drew him to join the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm.
“The NCDOT has hundreds of engineers, and many right of way agents and staff appraisers. The landowner often stands alone facing this huge government agency. I possess unique skills and knowledge of how the condemnation process works having done it for over 27 years. I again represent property owners to assure that the playing field remains level, and that the landowners of Western North Carolina are not out-gunned, or outmanned when the NCDOT takes their land.”
Don’t let his easy manner fool you. If you met him outside of work, his reserved demeanor would not reveal his competitiveness in the courtroom and his eventful career accomplishments.
You would think that Kevin is just a friendly guy who enjoys helping people. And he is. But to his clients, that friendly guy is also a formidable advocate.
- James Scott Farrin Named to "U.S. News - Best Lawyers" 2023 'Best Law Firms' List, 8th Straight Year3
- Four James Scott Farrin Attorneys Inducted into 2020 North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society
- 2020 North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society Inductee
- James Scott Farrin Named to 2020 Edition of "Triangle Business Journal" Best Place to Work
For legal reasons and client confidentiality, reviews have been slightly edited to remove identifying information and correct typos.
^ Results obtained prior to joining the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.
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