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.


Awards & Honors

  • Lawyer of the Year, Asheville Area - The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 Litigation – Real Estate - 3 years
  • AV Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyer of the Year – Personal Injury Plaintiff, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2020, Asheville Area – Construction Law
    • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
    • Litigation – Real Estate
    • Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Practice Highlights

      • Represented a bicyclist injured in a crash which produced a multimillion-dollar recovery. 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 manufacturer.
      • Served victims of clergy abuse by obtaining recoveries exceeding $1 million and relocating remains of the 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 a 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 the homeowner over twenty-seven times greater than offer initially received from sewer authority for replacement sewer line installed along with 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.


      • Wake Forest University, Juris Doctor, 1971, and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, 1968

Professional Affiliations

  • Buncombe County 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

Community Involvement

  • 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


  • Trial Briefs
    • “Condemnor Payment of Judgment Interest until Satisfaction,” by Jones P. Byrd, Sr. and Matthew W. Kitchens, North Carolina Advocates for Justice Trial BriefsDecember 2011
    • “Evidentiary Issues in Land Condemnation Cases,” by Jones P. Byrd, Sr., North Carolina Advocates for Justice Trial BriefsJune 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.