Copyright @ Chitwood and Fairbairn P.A. All rights reserved.


***Neither by accessing this site or by reviewing its contents has an attorney-client relationship been formed or established with Chitwood and Fairbairn, PA or with any of its attorneys, including Holly J. Fairbairn or Susan Chitwood Barton, and nothing contained in this site shall constitute the giving or rendering of legal advice or be construed as a legal opinion, or guarantee of a particular resolution of a legal problem. Information is provided as a public service, and is not intended to be a substitute for legal counsel. The information provided is general in nature and may not apply to your circumstances. The information herein is not contractual or binding. You should not decide to take any action or refrain from action based upon this information. Under no circumstances should you make legal decisions based upon the information provided on this web site. You should consult an attorney in person before making any important decision involving a legal matter. 
While we are based in Asheville, we cover all of Western North Carolina for in-person hearings, including the areas around Hendersonville, Brevard, Waynesville, Sylva, Franklin, Burnsville, Spruce Pine, Marshall, Mars Hill, Bakersville, Weaverville, Asheville, Black Mountain, Candler, Old Fort, Marion, and Fairview. The counties we cover include: Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Macon, Swain, Jackson, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania, Polk, Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, and McDowell.

We also handle appellate brief-writing in certain other regions of the country by arrangement with local counsel. Attorneys Susan Chitwood Barton and Holly J. Fairbairn are licensed to practice law in North Carolina.


Susan Chitwood Barton is a graduate of Indiana University School of Law. Prior to and after graduation in 1981, Susan worked for Legal Services Organization in Bloomington, IN. During her time as a paralegal, she began her career as an advocate for Social Security Disability clients. 



Holly Fairbairn received her BA in Economics and Religious Studies from Guilford College in 1989. She worked as an outdoor guide for five years, spending many winter months doing community service projects before entering law school in 1994.

She graduated with honors from the NCCU School of Law and worked at Pisgah Legal Services for six years. She then joined the firm of Ganly, Ramer and Strom, later the Law Office of Cynthia Strom. In 2006, she and Susan formed Chitwood & Fairbairn, P.A. Holly has written extensively and given presentations to her attorney peers on Ethics, Social Security, Medicaid, and other government benefits programs. She has spoken to groups of medical providers, insurance billers, and support groups including those related to living with brain injury, arthritis, mental illness, chronic pain, epilepsy, cancer, and fibromyalgia.  She is a member of the 28th Judicial District Bar, the NCBA, and organizations committed to assisting those with disabilities, including NOSSCR (Sustaining member) and NCAJ. She practices in federal court, and accepts referrals from other attorneys for representation of their clients or for brief writing. She is also an active mom, who loves music, swimming, and hiking with her family.  She was excited to turn 45 recently and win her age-group in a local 5k running race sponsored by Girls on the Run.  She has been a volunteer Board member for Homeward Bound, WNCAP, and the Asheville Youth Ministry. Follow the link to the NC Bar Specialists web page: http://www.nclawspecialists.gov/

Attorney Biographies


​​​Susan later worked in Transylvania County handling Social Security, Workers Compensation and personal injury cases. She worked with Ganly, Ramer and Strom before starting her own practice in April, 2003. Susan and Holly formed Chitwood & Fairbairn in June, 2006.


Susan is a sustaining member of NOSSCR (National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives). She is also a member of the NC Bar Association, NCATL (Disability Advocacy Section) and is admitted to practice in the Western District of NC’s federal court. She is an honorary board member of Project Access, a medical assistance program.


Susan is a cofounder of Noah’s Ark, Inc. and is an active member of Asheville’s Animal Compassion Network (now the Humane Society). She also likes plants and trees and speaks Spanish rather well. She knows nothing about elevators but does have recurrent elevator dreams.


Chitwood and Fairbairn, P.A.