Our firm takes pride in providing effective legal advice for clients whose personal and business interests place them in a wide variety of situations. Attorneys and staff at the firm take pride in providing excellent service to clients while remaining accessible to those clients to the greatest extent possible.
WILLIAM H. CHRISTY
828.669.7642, Extension 2220
Bill’s practice has focused on both the transactions and litigation of real estate and probate matters, as well as general business matters. Bill is admitted to practice in the US Federal Courts (Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina), the US Tax Court, and the US Supreme Court.
Bill grew up in the Haw Creek area of Asheville, graduating from A.C. Reynolds High School in 1974. A graduate of Warren Wilson College (1979), Bill moved to the Triangle area after college. Bill received the MAT-English degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1983, and then spent three years teaching in the public schools in the Durham area. After graduating with honors in 1989 from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and being admitted to the North Carolina Bar, Bill then attended the University of Florida where he was awarded an LL.M. in Taxation in 1990. He then practiced law in Durham for five years in a small firm that he founded, specializing in tax, probate and real estate matters. In 1995 Bill moved to Black Mountain to join Dick Stone, and together they founded Stone & Christy.
Bill was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Warren Wilson College in 2010 and was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2016 and served in that role until 2020, and now serves as an ex-officio Member. Bill also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Black Mountain Savings Bank, SSB. Bill provides pro bono legal services through the Hotline and Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyers programs of Pisgah Legal Services, as well as serving as counsel to a number of local non-profit corporations. In addition, Bill is active in many local community organizations, including having served as President of the 28th Judicial District Bar (2010-11), and being currently active with Black Mountain Rotary Club and with Rotary Youth Exchange where he serves as Outbound Chair of the District Committee. He was formerly active as a director and/or officer with Swannanoa Valley Martin Luther King Corporation, Mountain Area Child and Family Center, Artspace Charter School, Black Mountain Center Foundation, Children First, Swannanoa Valley History Museum and Swannanoa Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce. Bill served as Treasurer of St. James Episcopal Church for over ten years. Bill has also coached youth soccer and baseball, assisted with Boy Scouts, and is an avid gardener, back packer and fly fisherman. Bill is married to Dr. Deirdre Schoen Christy, a Psychologist, and they have three grown children.
Bill intends to retire from the full-time practice of law beginning January 1, 2022, when he will become Of Counsel and will continue to work on a limited number of projects.
BRYANT D. WEBSTER
828.669.7642, Extension 2230
Bryant concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate litigation, estate-based litigation, and collections. He assists clients in the 25 western-most counties of North Carolina with resolving disputes regarding boundary lines, rights of way, deed contests, and other real property title issues. Bryant also focuses on handling difficult estates for clients, where settling the decedent’s affairs has led to controversy or legal complications. He also assists clients in recovering money that is owed them due to failure of a customer or business associate to pay an accrued balance due.
Bryant graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991, majoring in English and Political Science. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Bryant earned his law degree, with Honors, from the UNC School of Law in 1994. Bryant practiced law in Durham, NC with the firm of Poe, Hoof & Reinhardt from 1994 until moving to Buncombe County in 1996. He is admitted to practice before all three of the Federal District Courts (Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts) in North Carolina. Bryant had the privilege of arguing before the North Carolina Supreme Court in January, 2010.
Outside of work, Bryant has served on the Pisgah Legal Services Hotline since 1997, giving time monthly to assist pro bono clients with telephone inquiries about critical legal issues. In 2000 and 2014, Bryant was recognized by Pisgah Legal Services and the 28th Judicial District Bar for his provision of free legal services to low income residents of Western North Carolina. The North Carolina Bar Association presented Bryant with the 2015 William Thorp Pro Bono Award for his provision of free legal services to low income clients. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Daniel Boone Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and was for several years their legal counsel. Bryant served a two-year term as the President of the Daniel Boone Council. He served as an officer of The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina for eight years, and in 2016 served as Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina. Bryant served three years on the Board of Directors of the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, NC. He has served, and continues to serve, as a board member and consultant to the Board of Whitestone, a Masonic and Eastern Star Community in Greensboro, NC, since 2002.
Bryant and his family attend Biltmore Church in Arden, where he and his wife teach a children’s connect group. Bryant is married to Dr. Janet Lee Baldwin Webster, the director of the Western Regional Educational Service Alliance (WRESA), and they have one daughter. In his free time, Bryant enjoys running, reading, farming, and working outdoors.
JAMES M. ELLIS
828.669.7642, Extension 2240
James enjoys a general practice including, estate administration, civil litigation, real property issues, estate planning, landlord/tenant, and contract matters. James also assists his clients in planning for future contingencies to prevent problems before they arise. When that isn’t possible, James seeks an efficient resolution of disputes concerning a wide variety of issues.
James arrived in the Black Mountain area to attend Warren Wilson College. After graduation with honors in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration, James enjoyed a one-year break from school while working in the area. In the fall of 1993, James entered law school at the University of South Carolina. Following graduation with honors from U.S.C., James began his legal career in Black Mountain in September of 1996 and joined Stone and Christy in October of 2001. James began serving as Buncombe County Public Administrator for estate matters in 2014, which cases form part of his caseload at the firm. In 2018, James began his second term as Public Administrator.
Outside of work, James enjoys spending time with family, wife Betsy Ellis and three boys, remodeling and construction projects, woodworking, hiking, mountain biking and motorcycle riding. Staying involved with the community is a priority as well, volunteering with the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Network and serving on the Pisgah Legal Services attorney hotline since 1997 providing pro bono legal services to low income residents of Western North Carolina. James chaired the Pro Bono Committee of the 28th Judicial District Bar from 2006 to 2011. James was appointed to the Executive Committee of the 28th Judicial District in 2006, served as President of the 28th Judicial District Bar for 2013-2014, and finished his time on the board in 2015. In 2011, James joined the Pisgah Legal Services Board of Directors and in 2012, joined the Board’s Executive Committee and served until the expiration of his second term at the end of 2016.
BARRETT W. McFATTER
828.669.7642, Extension 2250
Barrett is a Black Mountain native, graduating from Charles D. Owen High School in 1996, and from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Technical Photography in 2000. After assisting on-location photographers for various national editorial media sources, national ad-campaigns, and other corporate work, Barrett obtained his real estate license and realized he wanted to practice real estate law. In 2005, Barrett graduated from Mississippi College School of Law, and returned home to Western North Carolina to work in the real estate development industry. In 2010, Barrett was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar and the Western Federal District Court, and practiced in Asheville until joining Stone & Christy in December of 2014.
Barrett’s passion is real estate law, but he also enjoys estate planning, estate administration and small business matters. He also provides pro bono services through the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer program of Pisgah Legal Services, and served on Pisgah’s Young Professionals Board. Barrett was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Buncombe County Bar (formerly the 28th Judicial District) in 2019 and currently serves as Treasurer. In 2020, Barrett was appointed to serve on North Carolina Bar Association’s Real Property Section as a Council Member, and currently serves as the Real Property Section’s Pro Bono Chair. Barrett also volunteers with Riverlink, a nonprofit which promotes environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed, by serving on its Land Committee.
Barrett loves to explore the mountains of Western North Carolina with his wife Anna Grace and their daughter, and can often be found mountain biking, hiking, snow skiing, or water-skiing on Lake James.