Susan Strayhorn Barbour

Susan focuses on real estate law and advises clients in the purchase and sale of industrial and commercial sites, as well as residential and commercial developments, including single and multi-tenant commercial centers and residential properties. With her expertise, she prepares covenants, conditions and restrictions; reviews and prepares rights of ways and easements; examines titles; closes loans; and prepares leases, option agreements, purchase contracts and associated development documentation. Susan chairs the firm’s Real Property and Development team. A North Carolina native, Susan received her Juris Doctor degree with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has maintained a practice devoted exclusively to real estate matters in Western North Carolina since relocating to Asheville in the fall of 1984. Her larger clients include various regional and national banks, The City of Asheville, Duke Energy Progress, the Buncombe County School Board, and Givens Estate, Inc.

represent a seller

Contact Information

Office: 828.254.8800

48 Patton Avenue
PO Box 3180
Asheville, North Carolina 28802-3180

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Industry Experience

Client Successes

  • Represented clients in the sales and purchases of commercial development sites with multiple cross easements for access and utilities
  • Represented client in purchases of commercial sites for electrical utility development
  • Represented a regional lender in the commercial financing of new construction and development projects
  • Represented a regional lender in public financing projects
  • Represented a developer for a multi-phase planned community, including zoning review and approvals; access and utility easement acquisition and the development of covenants and restrictions
  • Assisted clients in the purchase of large-acreage tracts
  • Served as an expert witness in real estate litigation involving a property owner association’s rights related to lake and dock rights and rights to assess for development infrastructure maintenance

Community Involvement

Susan’s community involvement includes work with:

  • Real Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association
  • Real Estate Lawyers Association of North Carolina
  • Real Property Section and Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association
  • Asheville Humane Society (Vice-chair, Chair-elect)
  • Asheville Board of Realtors (Associate Member)
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, former Board Member
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling, Guest Instructor
  • Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Charitable Trust (Trustee)
  • Juliette Gordon Low Society of the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Council


North Carolina Bar (1984)


University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D. with honors, 1984)

Member: Holderness Moot Court Team

University of North Carolina (B.A. Political Science and Economics, 1981)

Member: Phi Beta Kappa

Member: Order of the Golden Fleece


Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite list of the top lawyers in North Carolina in the Real Estate category (Four Consecutive Years)

28th Judicial District Bar Professionalism Award

Women of Wisdom Silver Service Award from North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys

Tribute to Women of Influence Award at 18th Annual YWCA of Asheville awards