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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

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 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. 

Katherine is admitted to practice in New York, North Carolina, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Carmen Dupree Hightower

Post Closing Paralegal

Hello!  My name is Carmen Dupree Hightower

I am a paralegal at Lancaster Law Firm. I obtained a Masters Degree in December 2017 in, international and comparative law with a concentration in resource and economic law, from the University of Eastern Finland. During my time in Finland, my thesis, legal and Financial Instruments that Support Renewable Installations on Public Buildingswas published in the UEF Law Library. I obtained a Bachelors degree in political science from UNCA in 2014. During my time as an undergrad, Non-profit work and volunteer work here in Asheville was a priority to me, from interning with United Way Children First program, to volunteering at EMMA Elementary School. Involvement in international law and policy has also been a huge part of my life. Ive attended multiple international conferences including the 2016 UN conference on the Environment and sustainability in Shanghai, to student conferences on Globalization and the HIV AIDS Pandemic in South Africa and Lesotho. Ive always appreciated the phrase, Think Globally act locallybut the way that Ive always approached it is, when you think locally, act locally and when you think globally, act globally.

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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.

Kara Hester

Closing Paralegal

Kara hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of South Carolina. Kara has a background in commercial real estate with an emphasis in tenant representation and relocated to Asheville from Washington, D.C.

When she’s not working, Kara has a full time second job, taking care of her daughter Grace.

They enjoy exploring the outdoors of WNC with their three-legged dog Trike!

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