partners at Roberts & Stevens Law Firm received awards from The North Carolina Bar Association

June 28, 2012

Two partners at Roberts & Stevens Law Firm received awards from The North Carolina Bar Association. 

Marc Rudow received the 2012 Citizen Lawyer Award and John W. Mason received the 2012 Centennial Award from the 28th Judicial District Bar and North Carolina Bar Association.

The North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award was established in 2007 to recognize lawyers who provide exemplary public service to their communities. This year, 13 attorneys across the state were chosen.

Marc Rudow practices commercial and residential real estate law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, land conservation and estate planning at Roberts & Stevens Law Firm in Asheville. Marc’s clients range from large business enterprises to first time home buyers who need a patient and trusted advisor. Marc has practiced for over 30 years and been named as an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell and as one of The Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law in 2012.
As a part of his practice, Marc offers discounted legal services to families who cannot afford it or need educational assistance for their first real estate purchase.  By diligently working with Habitat for Humanity and OnTrack Education and Financial Services, Marc offers low-income families a safe and affordable real estate transaction. He has been a member of the Bankruptcy Council from 1995-1998 and 2001-2004 and a volunteer ethics speaker focusing on Bankruptcy Crimes for the North Carolina Bar Association.
Marc also works with the land trust community in many capacities and is very dedicated to protect the land in NC. Marc is an avid volunteer member and offers reduced-rate legal work to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.  He also serves on the steering committee for the Blue Ridge Society and is presently on the Board of Directors of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina
While balancing his volunteer legal work, Marc is very involved and committed to the Jewish Community in Asheville and is a member of the Foundation Board and Board of Directors.
John W. Mason received the 2012 Centennial Award from the 28th Judicial District Bar and North Carolina Bar Association. 
The North Carolina Bar Association Centennial Award honors an individual member of each Judicial District for outstanding service which benefits our local community. One of the goals of the North Carolina Bar Association Centennial was to inspire lawyers to the highest ideals of professionalism and service, as well as to celebrate the accomplishments of lawyers.
With his outstanding service to the legal profession, his country, and his community, John W. Mason is the definition of a Centennial Award winner and an asset to the legal profession. 

For nearly 40 years, John Mason has practiced trust and estate law at Roberts & Stevens in Asheville including trust and estate planning, counseling clients on estate administration matters, and trust and estate litigation. He has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV Lawyer and by Best Lawyers in America as Trust and Estate counsel since 2009.

John served his country as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was awarded 6 medals including the Bronze Star medal (with combat “V” designation) and two Purple Heart medals. 
In the legal community, John Mason has consistently received recognition from colleagues for estate planning and probate litigation expertise. John has served as a President of the 28th Judicial District Bar Association,  a Member of the Board of Governors and Vice-President of the North Carolina Bar Association. 
John was also Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation Development Committee from 2002-06. This Committee coordinates all Foundation fundraising efforts to support all bar public service, pro bono and educational efforts across the state.
Locally, John is a true conservationist, enjoying the outdoors by hiking and serving on the Board of the Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains and as previous Secretary of the non-profit Muddy Sneakers whose focus it is to get children outdoors.  He is also a major donor to North Carolina Arboretum and to the Conservation Trust of North Carolina. 
John Mason is and has been involved in many community organizations from being an American Red Cross Hero to being very involved in the UNC Law School Alumni Campaigns to being a prominent member of his church. Raising his girls by himself, he was also a very involved parent with the Girls Scouts, Pisgah Council.  So much so that he is the only male to receive the President’s Award.  His compassion and service are a true testament to his honorable and inspirational character.