Who we are

Attorneys and Counselors at Law




James M. Edmonds

Jim Edmonds graduated from the University of Virginia with distinction in 1972.  He went on to graduate from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1975.  Jim has practiced law in Candler, North Carolina for nearly forty years.   He has served the Western North Carolina area in both state and federal courts.  Jim provides legal service on a wide variety of subjects, but is most heavily concentrated in real estate, wills and estates, bankruptcy, corporations, and landlord-tenant law.

 Jim has been active in charitable and educational affairs in his community for many years.   He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, having formerly served on the church Vestry and as a board member of In the Oaks.  Jim served for several years as an Advisory Council member of Candler Elementary and Enka Middle schools.  He was elected to the Buncombe County Board of Education in 1998 and served for eight years as a Board member and for two years as Chairman of the Board.   Jim currently serves on the Enka Schools Foundation,  Biltmore Lake Charitable Trust, the Buncombe County Tax Reevaluation Committee and the City of Asheville Planning and Zoning Committee.  He resides with Betsy, his wife of thirty-eight years, in Candler. 



Wake Forest University
Juris Doctor, 1975

University of Virginia
B.A., History, 1972

Activities & Affiliations

• 28th Judicial District Bar, Member
• Buncombe County Board of Education, former Member and Chairperson

Bar Admissions

•North Carolina



Betsey Flack Matthews

Betsey Flack Matthews grew up in Asheville and attended Enka High School. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  She then attended the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.  After graduating from Mercer in 2007, Betsey moved to Dalton, Georgia and worked as a public defender for seven years in the Conasauga Judicial Circuit.   While working as a public defender Betsey handled thousands of criminal cases for indigent defendants.

In 2014, Betsey returned to her hometown of Asheville, North Carolina and began working at the Law Offices of James M. Edmonds.  As an associate of Mr. Edmonds, she handles a variety of cases in both district and superior court.

She and her husband, Chris Matthews, like being outside and traveling. In 2016 they welcomed their daughter Maggie to the family and they enjoy doing anything to make her giggle and smile. 



Juris Doctor, 2007

B.A., Political Science, 2004

Activities & Affiliations

• 28th Judicial District Bar
• Asheville Greenworks, Board Chairperson

Bar Admissions

• North Carolina and Georgia


Support Staff

Kim West

 Kim assists with all aspects of client services.  She is from Candler and enjoys being able to serve the community she has always called home. 


Megan Hall

Megan assists with all aspects of client services and specializes in our real estate closing department.  She is originally from Dallas, Texas and is now happy to call Asheville her home.