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Ralph Erskine Stevenson III

Ralph Erskine Stevenson III

also known as R.E."Steve" Stevenson, Steve Stevenson

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About Me

I've recently had the oportunity to join Jonathan Puryear to form Stevenson & Puryear, PLLC, which has allowed me to expand my Dealer Compliance and NC DMV Administrative practice, while maintaining the defense practice in District Court representation for Nash and Edgecombe Counties.

I'm an Attorney with over 20 years of executive experience in retail sales and finance, specifically: Sub-prime sales finance underwriting, sales training, auto dealership management, inventory acquisition and valuation, Account factoring, collection practices, and statutory compliance. 

I have the dual goals of assisting the sales finance and automobile sales industries in complying with the myriad laws regulating their consumer relations, as well as consulting attorneys assisting consumers in their relations with non-compliant entities.



Practice Areas


  1. State, Local And Municipal Law: 35%
  2. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 16%
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%
  4. Lemon Law: 14%
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Contingent (30-35%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

28 total 

  • Suzanne R. Begnoche

    Steve is an expert on the legal issues surrounding auto dealerships and automobile financing. I have consulted with him on several cases and highly recommend his services.


    Suzanne Begnoche Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Matthew Scott Schrum

    Steve’s depth of real-world business experience provides a seasoned perspective, adding practicality and wisdom to his legal knowledge. With his experience, presence, and personality, Steve is a formidable advocate in a wide variety of contexts. If you need representation that sees “the big picture” and understands how to get things done, Steve is a great choice.


    Matthew Schrum Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Stevenson & Puryear, PLLC

874 Country Club Rd.
Rocky Mount, NC, 27804



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Assistant Scoutmaster of the YearWilson District East Carolina Council Boy Scouts of America2006
Distinguished Service AwardRocky Mount Jaycee's1995
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerStevenson & Puryear Law, PLLC2014 - Present
Contract AttorneyLaw Office of Jessica Williams2013 - Present
Managing AttorneyThe Law Offices of Ralph Erskine Stevenson III, PLLC2011 - Present
Law School AssociateCarolina's Independent Auto Dealers Assoc2009 - 2010
Managing PartnerRestart Management, Llc2003 - 2008
Association NamePosition NameDuration
North Carolina Human Relations CommissionCommissioner2014 - Present
NC GOP 1st Congressional DistrictExecutive Committee Member2013 - Present
NC Advocates for Justice - Consumer SectionSection Chair2012 - Present
Carolina's District of Kiwanis InternationalLt. Governor2011 - 2012
North Carolina Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
Rocky Mount Human Relations CommissionCommissioner2007 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
NC DMV v Twin County MotorsportsTRO entered 8/29/11 Injuct. entered 9/12/11
Consumer v Used Car DealerVehicle returned to consumer, +$5k compensation
Used Car Dealer v Finance CompanyNo recourse - Allegation withdrawn - Dealer agreement terminated
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Publication NameTitleDate
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeWhat condition is your conditional delivery in?"2013
Auto Remarketing Magazine"Are you secure in your wholesale transactions?"2013
Sub-Prime Auto Finance NewsAre you Using Unfair and Deceptive Practices?2011
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Charlotte School of LawLawJuris Doctor2010
Thomas Edison State CollegeSocial ScienceB.A.2006
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Magic Mountain CAP Section CLE"Car Dealer Tips, Tricks, and Tells"2013
Troop MeetingThe value of Setting Goals2011
NC Independent Dealer Pre-Licensing TrainingChapter 20 Compliance2011