Jones Byrd has broad experience providing counsel and representing individuals,
land owners and businesses in civil litigation, specifically in matters
relating to eminent domain, a topic about which he is often asked to lecture
and write. As a certified mediator, he is equally skilled resolving disputes
prior to trial as he is building vigorous cases before administrative
agencies, trial and appellant courts as well as district courts, court
of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Byrd’s efforts have assisted
victims of product defects, medical malpractice, personal injury, clergy
abuse and other matters to recover multi-million dollar awards that often
exceed negotiated settlements from manufacturers, developers, government
agencies and utilities. In addition, he has successfully represented an
international company defending eminent domain against county government
seeking to condemn land for landfill.
Prior to joining The Van Winkle Law Firm in 1995, Byrd was a principal
with a neighboring Asheville, N.C., law firm.
- 28th Judicial District Bar
- American Association for Justice
- American Bar Association
- Harry C. Martin American Inns of Court
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Legislative Chairperson and Former
Chairperson of Eminent Domain Section
- North Carolina Bar Association, Member, Litigation Section Council Member
and Former Co-Chairperson of the Legislative Committee
- North Carolina State Bar
Awards and Honors
- AV Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Best Lawyer of the Year – Personal Injury Plaintiff, 2012
- Best Lawyers in America
- North Carolina Super Lawyers
- Published Appellant Opinions in DOT v. Blevins, 363 N.C. 649, 686 S.E.2d
134 (2009), DOT v. Haywood Oil, 195 N.C. App. 668; 673 S.E.2d 712 (2009),
and Intermount v. PSNC, 150 N.C. App. 539, 563 S.E.2d 626 (2002)
- Represented a bicyclist injured in a crash which produced a multimillion
- Helped a Western North Carolina maintenance worker and his wife by obtaining
in excess of $1.1 million from a Pennsylvania autoclave door-locking mechanism
- Served victims of clergy abuse by obtaining recoveries exceeding $1 million
and relocating remains of perpetrator.
- Assisted victims injured on unsafe residential or commercial premises by
way of recovering several million dollars for their benefit.
- Represented an international company defending eminent domain case brought
by county government seeking to condemn land for county landfill resulting
in jury verdict in client’s favor, implementing total recovery exceeding
$1.1 million plus costs.
- Successfully represented eight landowners with small businesses, raw land
and homes in eminent domain cases against NCDOT when their highway frontage
was changed due to widening of US Highway, resulting in total recoveries
exceeding $2 million, averaging triple the compensation offered by NCDOT.
- Helped victims of sewer line condemnation by recovering approximately 15
times greater compensation than was offered by sewer authority.
- Represented convenience store owner against NCDOT resulting in jury verdict
over 30 times greater than the compensation offered by NCDOT, excluding interest.
- Assisted victims of medical malpractice by recovery of significant and
several verdicts and settlements.
- Obtained jury verdict for home owner over twenty-seven times greater than
offer initially received from sewer authority for replacement sewer line
installed along rear property plus court ordered costs of litigation.
- Assisted owners of unimproved real estate involved in highway widening
project by obtaining, via trial, significant 6 figure recoveries more
than 10 times greater than amounts initially offered by NCDOT plus court costs.
“Condemnor Payment of Judgment Interest until Satisfaction,”
by Jones P. Byrd, Sr. and Matthew W. Kitchens, North Carolina Advocates
for Justice Trial Briefs, December 2011
“Evidentiary Issues in Land Condemnation Cases,” by Jones P.
Byrd, Sr., North Carolina Advocates for Justice Trial Briefs, June 2003
Published Appellant Opinions
- DOT v. Blevins, 363 N.C. 649, 686 S.E.2d 134 (2009)
- DOT v. Haywood Oil, 195 N.C. App. 668; 673 S.E.2d 712 (2009)
- Intermount v. PSNC, 150 N.C. App. 539, 563 S.E.2d 626 (2002)
Jones is married to Sandra P. Byrd, Ed.D., a retired professor, assistant
provost and director of the Asheville Graduate Center at the University
of North Carolina. Their son, Jones P. Byrd, Jr., practices law in Winston-Salem,
N.C., and their daughter, Julia I. Byrd, is a marine biologist and environmental
scientist in Charleston, S.C. In his free time, Jones enjoys bird hunting,
fly fishing and cycling near and far.
- All Souls Cathedral, Former Member, Endowment Committee
- Blue Ridge Bicycle Club
- Buncombe County Board of Elections, Former Chairperson
- Leadership Asheville
- League of American Bicyclists
- Pisgah Legal Services
- Wake Forest University School of Law
- YMCA of Buncombe County, Former Chairperson, Central Services Board of Directors