I am Fred Barbour.  I have lived and practiced law in Asheville for more than 36 years. For the first two thirds of my practice, I spent most of my time in the courtroom in hearings and trials, or outside the courtroom investigating cases and preparing them for trial. During the last third of my career, I have focused on mediation.

I have tried more than 100 cases to a jury verdict.  I believe that this experience gives me perspective in counseling clients to make choices likely to lead to favorable resolution of their conflicts and helps me serve more effectively as a mediator guiding discussions about settlement.

I have also served as a mediator in more than 1,000 cases, assisting the parties and their attorneys in settlement negotiations. While each case and each mediation is different, this experience informs my interactions with clients and attorneys and increases the odds of successful settlements.

Outside of the office, I enjoy hiking, running, gardening, and playing music.


  • UNC - Chapel Hill – B.A. in Journalism, 1979 
  • UNC – Chapel Hill - School of Law, J.D., 1984


  • AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® 
  • Super Lawyers® - listed in Mediation
  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2009-2024

Associations & Memberships

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Buncombe County Bar Association
  • Harry C. Martin American Inns of Court
  • EBCI Cherokee Trial Court

Court Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • EBCI Cherokee Tribal Court

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