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Our Team


Zeno B. Lancaster, IV

Managing Attorney

A native to western North Carolina, Zeno was born in Asheville and raised in nearby Canton.  He attended Pisgah High, before obtaining a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, class of 2004.  As planned since he was fifteen or so, Zeno went on to become an attorney, obtaining his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, FL, in 2007.  Zeno is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the American Bar Association, The North Carolina Bar Association, the Asheville Downtown Association, Young Professionals of Asheville, the 28th District Bar, the Buncombe County Chamber of Commerce, and counting.

Zeno is the recommended attorney amongst many clients, realtors, banks, and companies throughout the state, but especially here in western North Carolina.  His legal expertise, integrity, hardworking spirit, transparency, and pleasant, professional demeanor have earned him that trust.  He is very thankful to the support folks have shown the firm and he is not oblivious to how blessed he is to be able to help folks for a living.  He appreciates insight, wisdom, and constructive criticism as, every day, he strives to improve both his firm and himself. If you're looking for a good real estate attorney to show you the ropes in Asheville, or in the surrounding area, Zeno is both happy and ready to assist you.

Zeno currently lives in downtown Asheville, with his sweet mutt, Daisy.  He enjoys the many festivals, restaurants, musicians, artists, and people that make up this jewel in the mountains.  He is very close with his family and enjoys spending time with his nieces and nephews and nearby family members. You might find Zeno around town at various restaurants and breweries. He is somewhat of a nerd - loving Star Wars, 80's music, and all things James Bond. He's also a sports fan, supporting his UNC Tar Heels and other teams.


British McLean

Associate Attorney

British is a South Florida native, born in North Miami Beach and raised in Pembroke Pines.  After graduating from high school with his diploma in one hand and AA in Business Management in the other, British continued his fast-track education at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida where he earned his BA in Management at age 19 and his MBA at 21.  Immediately thereafter, he continued to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC where he earned his Juris Doctor.

After experiencing the abundant bounties that Western North Carolina has to offer, British enjoys exploring as many towns, cities, and attractions in his free time.  Although he is a resident of Hendersonville, he appreciates and enjoys all the excitement, activities, and food Asheville has to offer.  Some of his preferred hobbies include writing short stories, playing video games, and problem-solving.

Katherine Van Marter

Katherine Van Marter

Associate Attorney

Katherine was born and raised outside Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Georgia State University, graduating with degrees in international political science and public policy. After graduating, Katherine worked with a national law firm in Atlanta before relocating to New Orleans, Louisiana where she attended Tulane University and received a master’s degree in international development and her Juris Doctor. While in law school, Katherine was a published member of the Tulane Journal on International and Comparative Law and received awards for public service by providing pro bono legal services both in New Orleans and the country of Panama. Katherine is a member of the New York State Bar and awaits her admission to the North Carolina State Bar in the coming months.

Katherine began her practice in Louisiana as a policy fellow analyzing coastal restoration finance, climate adaptation policy, and private water and mineral rights in the Mississippi River Delta region. She then moved to Asheville, North Carolina to be closer to family and pursue a more traditional legal career, practicing litigation in federal court prior to joining Lancaster Law Firm in May of 2019. Katherine combines a strong work ethic and organized mind with a drive to find solutions for even the most complex issues, providing clients with seamless service and advocacy in their real estate transactions and beyond. 

Away from work, Katherine takes full advantage of all the outdoor activities that Western North Carolina has to offer with her pup and enjoys traveling, bluegrass, and tacos. 


Donica Warren

Closing Paralegal

Prior to joining the team at Lancaster Law Firm, Donica worked in Atlanta for Primrose Schools Franchising Company as a Franchise Administration Coordinator.

Donica grew up in Oxford, Mississippi and from the University of Mississippi in 1998 where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking and Finance/Managerial Finance. Ms. Warren has over 20 years of professional experience including 5 years of at Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh in Memphis, Tennessee as a real estate paralegal.

Ms. Warren recently relocated to the Asheville area with her fiancé, Matt and their dog, Kuma.  Donica loves getting to spend time with her family, especially her two nieces, Avery and Mary Francis.

In her spare time, she and Matt are both DJs and share a passion for music and dancing. Donica loves to bring joy to everyone she meets. She is also excited to explore all of the outdoor activities that Asheville has to offer including camping and hiking!

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Marla Machado

Closing Paralegal

Marla is a native of the New York / New Jersey area having lived there until she was 22 when she moved to Fort Lauderdale.  She hails from a very loud and boisterous Cuban family who have made her the person she is today.  Marla has over 10 years of paralegal experience, having worked during all of that time in the mortgage foreclosure field in Florida.  In addition to her years of Paralegal experience Marla recently obtained her North Carolina Real Estate license – passing the test on the first try.  Marla and her husband of 19 years have one daughter and moved to Western North Carolina two years ago.

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Henry Houck


Before joining the firm Henry worked as an administrator for a local heating and cooling company. During this time he grew an appreciation for procedural work that led him to real estate law. He hopes to use his experience with administrative practices to help efficiently serve our clients.

Henry attended University of Maryland and received a degree in Criminal Justice. While at school he was an avid volunteer at the Universities food collective that helped provide aid to those in need. After graduation he had an opportunity to pursue his passion, the outdoors. Whether it be rock climbing, mountain biking, or disc golf he has always loved being outside. This love for the outdoors led him to Asheville after college and he has been exploring this area ever since. 

Henry is excited to be a part of this growing city and intends to help Lancaster Law Firm grow with it. 

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