Asheville, North Carolina
Some people just like to help other people. 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. Mr. Mahoney spent a year between college graduation and law school building stoves for the poor in Central America.
Accompanying this helping spirit in Mr. Mahoney was a burning curiosity. “You better become a lawyer,” Kevin’s mother said when he was ten years old. “You love to analyze every little thing and ask why,” she added. Well, with three attorney uncles, it only seemed natural that he would one day join their ranks.
After completing law school, Mr. Mahoney 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 most proud 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. Mr. Mahoney 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.
The pull of his young family and the requirements of a busy big-city law practice prompted some soul searching. Uprooting and relocating was a big decision. Mr. Mahoney and his wife selected Western North Carolina as the place to move their family where they could spend more time with their children and enjoy the beautiful outdoors, as well as the friendly people who call the mountains their home.
So, Mr. Mahoney 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. Mr. Mahoney also mentored younger attorneys and shared 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 interfacing with the central office in Raleigh.
Teaching aspiring real estate brokers in the evening also allowed Mr. Mahoney to help people who were trying to break into a new career. Sharing his real estate knowledge and experiences and interacting with people was something that Mr. Mahoney has always enjoyed.
Mr. Mahoney 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,” Mr. Mahoney said.
In addition to coaching his children in baseball, basketball, and soccer, Mr. Mahoney joined a variety of community organizations, and rose up to leadership positions in several of them, including President of Rotary Club of Asheville South, President of Biltmore Park Homeowner’s Association, and Vice-President of ABYSA. Always lending a hand, always helping out.
Don’t let his easy manner fool you; Mr. Mahoney is as competitive in the courtroom as he is at the YMCA playing with the latest crop of high school basketball players.
If you met him in his favorite environment grilling for family and friends in his backyard and swapping stories, his reserved demeanor would not reveal his eventful career accomplishments – former Special Deputy Attorney General of the Western Office of NC, multiple published civil and criminal cases from the NC Court of Appeals, dozens of jury trials, and teaching real estate to hundreds of aspiring Western North Carolina real estate brokers. You would think that Mr. Mahoney is just a friendly guy who enjoys helping people. And he is. But to his clients, that friendly guy is also a formidable advocate.
Areas of Practice
- Eminent Domain
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Buncombe County Bar Association
- Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
- J.D. – 1993
- Georgetown University, Washington, DC
- B.A. – 1989
- Major: B.A. Political Science
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.