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Joel Rhine has been involved in complex civil litigation since 1988.  He has repeatedly been named a Super Lawyer, listed in North Carolina Business Magazine’s Legal Elite and in Best Lawyers of America. 


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  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 20%
    2 years
  2. Car Accidents: 20%
    2 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    2 years
  5. Other: 35%
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Hourly ($325-500/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael J. Lewis

    I wholeheartedly endorse Joel. He is a tremendous lawyer who leaves no stone unturned in seeking fair treatment for his clients. Smart, diligent, articulate --he is a true warrior who relentlessly and tirelessly pursues justice. Great guy, great lawyer.


    Michael Lewis Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Christopher Bryan Barbour

    Joel is a skilled and absolutely relentless advocate for his clients. He was a mentor to me when I worked for him as a summer associate during law school and years later he continues to be a trusted and valued source of advice.


    Christopher Barbour Contracts & Agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Rhine Law Firm, P.C.

1612 Military Cutoff Road
Suite 300
Wilmington, NC, 28403


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Wake Forest Law Review AwardWake Forest University School of Law1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyRhine Law Firm, P.C.2014 - Present
AttorneyRhine Martin Law Firm, P.C.2013 - Present
AttorneyRhine Law Firm, P.C.2011 - 2013
AttorneyLea, Rhine & Associates1995 - 2011
AttorneyShipman & Lea1991 - 1995
AttorneyHunton & Williams1988 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation GroupN/A2012 - Present
American Association for Justice, Preemption Law Litigation GroupN/A2009 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeN/A2000 - Present
New Hanover County Bar AssociationFormer President1998 - 1999
North Carolina Bar AssoociationN/A1988 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wishon, et al, v. America Charters, Ltd., et al3.1 million settlement
Hobbie et al vs R C R Holdings II LLC et alSettled- valued at 24 million
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Publication nameTitleDate
Michie PublishersDouglas' Forms Fourth Edition1989
Wake Forest Law ReviewNote1988
Wake Forest Law ReviewNote1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wake Forest University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of TampaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Construction Product Litigation ConferenceEthics Issues Arising in Construction-Related MDLs2013
Civil Masters in AdvocacyAll Things Deposition2013
NCBA- Construction Litigation Winter CLEARE CGL POLICIES STILL WORTH HAVING?2010
Construction Law Winter Program.Adding Tools to the Construction Lawyer’s Tool Belt". Hot Topics in Construction Law 2010 Issues Involving Chinese Drywall Litigation2010
Condominium Construction Issues in North CarolinaCondominium and Multi-Family2008
Contracts for Construction Lawyers: How to Get the Party StartedContracts for Construction Lawyers: How to Get the Party Started2006
Judicial Symposium on "Critical Issues in Construction Defects LitigationProduct Liability2005
Securities, Drug & Environmental LitigationProduct Liability and Mold Litigation2003
Plaintiffs' Firm RetreatStrategies on Water Intrusion and Mold Litigation2003