Attorney Kevin Mahoney

Experienced. Competitive. Likeable.

Kevin Mahoney 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.* 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 24 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 said.

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.

Area of Practice

Eminent Domain


Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC
1993, J.D.

Georgetown University
Washington, DC
1989, B.A. Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Buncombe County Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Licensed North Carolina Real Estate Broker
  • Licensed North Carolina Real Estate Educator
  • Real Estate Instructor, Cumbie & Trull School of Real Estate

Community & Civic Involvement

  • Past President, Rotary Club of Asheville South
  • Past President, Biltmore Park Homeowner’s Association
  • Past Vice-President, Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association
  • Past Member Reuter YMCA Advisory Board

* Results obtained prior to joining the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.