Esther E. Manheimer


Phone (828) 258-2991
Fax (828) 257-2773
University of North Carolina
Juris Doctor and Master’s Degree in Public Administration
University of Colorado
Bachelor’s Degree

Esther Manheimer is a principal with The Van Winkle Law Firm who also serves as the current mayor of Asheville, N.C. Since joining the firm in 2002, she has focused her practice on commercial litigation, specifically in the areas of creditors’ rights and land disputes stemming from encroachments, easements, boundary lines, erosion and title matters.  In addition, she provides skilled legal counsel to help homeowners’ and property owners’ association boards enforce restrictions, collect delinquent assessments, and draft and redraft covenants and by-laws.

Previously, Manhiemer was a lawyer with for the North Carolina General Assembly, where she served as counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Judiciary and Utilities Committees. She also served on special legislative committees concerned with utility deregulation and legislative redistricting.

Professional Affiliations
  • 28th Judicial District Bar
  • Harry C. Martin American Inns of Court
  • North Carolina State Bar
Awards and Honors
  • North Carolina Bar Association, “William Thorp Pro Bono Service Award” nominee
  • Pisgah Legal Services, “2012 Most Valuable Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer”
  • YWCA of Asheville, “Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) Awards” honoree

Esther and her husband, Mark, have three children: Levi, Greyson, and Asa. In her spare time, Esther enjoys spending time with friends and family, including attending Tabata classes at the YMCA with her sister.

Favorite Food:            Huevos Rancheros from Over Easy
Favorite Artists:          Her mother, Caroline Manheimer, and sister, Kora Manheimer
Favorite Music:           Bluegrass
Favorite Book:            “Manchild in the Promised Land” by Claude Brown
Guilty Pleasure:          Quiet time

Community Involvement
  • Asheville, N.C., Mayor
  • Asheville City Council, Former Vice Mayor
  • Asheville Regional Airport Authority
  • City of Asheville Board of Adjustment
  • Jewish Community Center, Former President
  • Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Pen & Plate Club