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Stephen F Wallace

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at High Point, NC

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Steve Wallace

  • State Years
    South Carolina - SC 19 years
    North Carolina - NC 21 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State SC
    Acquired 2004
    Good Standing
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2003
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2011

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Lawsuits and disputes
    Approaching every case as if going to trial is the only way to ensure the most out of your position. We are built for battle. Fight for what you believe in.

    21 years

  2. Intellectual property
    Any protection acheived is only as good as the litigation results it produces. At WLF-IP we strive to strategically prevent others from infringing through identifying exposure to well planned and executed litigation.

    21 years

  3. Patent infringement
    At WLF IP, individuals, corporations and start-ups can find affordable protection with expert preparation of US and foreign patent applications, PCTs, patent searches, opinions, agreements, copyrights, trademarks and trade secret development.

    6 years

Disputes affect our lives differently.  Problem solving is just the start to change the outcome in your favor.  Work through the issues. Develop a plan.  Understand the outcomes.  Hire someone who cares.   I can make the next step part of your plan, not theirs. 

 Fight for what you believe in.


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The Wallace Law Firm
High Point, NC, 27262

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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2014
A lawyer with the tenacity of a bulldog and the intellect of a true scholar ...
I had a difficult case involving a State Board situation. I contacted Attorney Wallace and he agreed to represent me with the case. I have nothing but the highest praises to say for him. He was extremely professional with his presentation. His knowledgeable of the law and my specific profession was amazing. His representation in the case was simply awesome. There is not doubt in my mind that without his assistance, I would have had to face a pretty dire situation. However, with his consultation and expertise, we not only won the case but had impacted how my profession's board interpreted their bylaws and rulings. If you need someone with the tenacity of a bulldog and the brain of an true scholar, Attorney Wallace is the one to have in your corner. Since this particular case, I have referred several of my colleagues with legal/professional questions. And, according to their reports, he offered the same "straight-forward" (i.e., no "BS") and thoughtful support and representation that he provided me.
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Posted by Renard | December 14, 2013
Outstanding Attorney Stephen F. Wallace....
Attorney Stephen F. Wallace is an extremely professional Attorney to the letter. He is extremely knowledgeable in the area of civil litigation and was so helpful in my case and he provided me all of the answers that I required to move my case forward as I was in the middle of a Federal 1983 lawsuit that the defendants did not answer or reply to a summons and complaint they were served with and he guided me to the next step on how to file a motion to enter a default judgment against them and after the court accepts that I am moving on to a motion for a final judgment with the court as the New Jersey Department of Corrections violated my 8th and 11th Constitutional amendments and I seeking full monetary damages from them due to the fact I was severely injured and permanently hurt and scarred as well. I can not Thank Attorney Stephen F. Wallace for all his professionalism and attention in my case. 5 Stars...! I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by GeorgeM | July 16, 2013
His creativity innovated a cost effective solution to our compliance needs.
Face with a tortious compliance audit, Mr. Wallace wrote a computer program to data mine over 10K medical records for easy and thorough reports. His experience with voluminous records coupled with his ability to focus on each detail, saved our practice. Mr. Wallace also advocated on our behalf at the regulatory agency. He reshaped the audit in our favor by illustrating the agency's own reporting shortcomings that he fixed with our repsonse. We could not have hired a better attorney to see us through this time.
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Posted by Ms. Lisa | July 10, 2013
Long Overdue
Words cannot explain the gratitude and appreciation I have for Attorney Wallace. When I was dealing with one of the most difficult times of my life; I sought out to find an Attorney that could provide me honest advise no matter if it felt good or not to hear the truth. I received a recommendation from a friend that Attorney Wallace was the man. Well, all I can say is my friend is still my friend and I will take the advise from that friend any day of the week. Attorney Wallace not only took care of my issue; after my case was competed Attorney Wallace followed up with a thank you for allowing me to serve you. Why would he thank me? He deserved all the thanks.. Very Satisfied Client.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2013
This AVVO rating is NOT accurate for this professional
When I see this rating it breaks my heart and makes me pretty angry at our system. I have known Steve for 10 years. He has represented me on multiple issues over the years and he is also my friend. I went through the time with him early on in his career when he had complaints to the bar and the bar decided to censure him. You must understand that these complaints are not from ANY of his clients but from the crooks in a case that were against his client he was representing. He spent years on this case....and never got much money from it. He may have made decisions in that case that were wrong due to lack of experience but basically ALL of his complaints to the bar were from one case that involved multiple people.....all wanted to seek revenge against him for basically shutting their corruptive business down. He got threats from them and it was a very difficult time. Still, rather than back off he went the extra mile for his client-even when he was getting threats that lead him to believe his family or himself were at risk. He got direct threats that they would ruin his career if he pursued. Yes, he did make mistakes and he admits that. He has taken course after course since this time many, many years ago on ethics. Ironic because I can tell you from experience he is the most moral person I know. The biggest flaw he has a desire to “get the bully”, he is completely committed to his clients, and shame on him....he believed in our legal system. He loves the law and studies it at leisure. The law and the bar did not protect one of their own-one of the good guys. Has anyone else just made a mistake from inexperience-should you have to pay for it the rest of your career by a mathematical review like this that does not tell the heart of the story? He was practicing by himself with no one to consult with on this case-barely out of law school. He grieved over these bar complaints/bar censure and still does today. You should see him now. He is truly brilliant. If you look at his case records you will see that all of his clients have gotten what they wanted or better, all of his clients have been satisfied, many clients come to him for representation over and over for various issues, and he has only once in his entire career had a complaint directly from client. This particular client was court appointed and would have been unsatisfied with any attorney-he was going away for a long time regardless. Even in that case....he did not see the criminal but the person. He is amazing with the underprivileged client. He treats them respect and gives them the representation that every person-regardless of what they have done-deserves. I have heard him do things like direct someone to the proper paperwork at the court system out of kindness when he could have charged them for a consultation but knew they did not have the money. He is an excellent mediator and has done much pro-bono work. He would never say these things here on this forum about himself and that is why I am. If Steve Wallace represents you are lucky because not many attorneys out there really care-they just want to reach into your pocketbook. Shameful that this review can represent such a fine professional who made the mistake of taking on a case beyond his experience and has paid for it ever since. This is a true example of prejudice-judging something or someone negatively that you have not taken the time to understand fully. Thanks for reading this post.
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Posted by JGregStephens | May 1, 2013
I have had Mr. Wallace hadle several cases for me over the past two years and would and have recommened his services.
Posted by Mike | April 12, 2010
Client Review
Mr. Wallace represented me in a personal matter relating to a real estate litigation case. Mr. Wallace was extremely professional and responsive in his representation of me, and as a result the case was resolved in my favor. I would highly recommend Mr. Wallace to anyone seeking legal services.
Response from Stephen Wallace May 26, 2020
Preventing a good attorney from becoming a party himself in another's punitive litigation.
Posted by Edward | April 8, 2010
Excellent services
Had a difficult case with a regulatory board. He was knowledgeable of the relevant issues and an excellent advocate on my behalf.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-750 per hour
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011.

Censure issued in NC, 2011
updated on 10/27/2021

This means the attorney did something wrong, but the Bar did not suspend the lawyer. Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Stephen's comment: “Same Wake Co. case. No judge, lawyer and especially client has ever complained about my work, here simply two defendants retaliated in the only way they knew how; by reporting errors. This in no way reduces my culpability, but does offer perspective to those viewing my credential solely through the AVVO ratings system. This case inspired my drive for more education and experience.”

Reprimand issued in NC, 2009
updated on 05/19/2020

Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Stephen's comment: “Wake Co. case, which lasted over 5 years with 22 Plaintiff motions, 19 Defendants' motions, 6 judges, 4 investigations by state and federal agencies and the Plaintiff winning the final litigation. Everyone lost something here, especially me. In 2005, no law existed protecting pre-foreclosure homeowners from businesses offering credit repair or rescue though equity shifting and straw buyers. The Defendants' business and the mortgage broker providing over 1.2m in bogus home loans no longer exist.”

Work Experience

  • Licensed Patent Attorney -
  • 2019 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Wallace Law Firm
  • 2003 - Present
  • Federal Attorney
  • MDNC CJA Panel
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Judicial Intern to the Senior Resident
  • Rowan County Superior Court
  • 2002 - 2002
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  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Candidate for B.S. Chemistry
  • 2024
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws - Intellectual Property
  • 2020
  • North Carolina Defender Trial School
  • Criminal Trial Certification
  • 2012
  • Annual National Federal Sentencing Seminar
  • 2011
  • American Association of Justice
  • Advanced Civil Deposition Certification
  • 2008
  • George Washington University School of Law
  • LLM - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • 2007
  • National Trial Advocacy College at UVA Law
  • Civil Trial Certification
  • 2004
  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • High Point University School of Business
  • MS - International Business
  • 1998
  • North Carolina State University
  • BA - International Business
  • 1992
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • US v. D.F.
  • Downward variance resulting in time served and my client was released 4 days later.
  • US v. R.A.
  • Client received 45 months on an upward variance.
  • US v. J.W.
  • Defendant's total term was 56 months.
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  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • George Washington School of Law
  • 2007


Speaking Engagements

  • Good News out of the Fourth Circuit on Search and Seizure
  • 2012
  • FSBO - Selling your home
  • Beware of your buyer
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (27)
Endorse Stephen
Federal crime Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Federal crime Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers on Federal Crime questions in the AVVO community are always well thought out and right on the mark. It is evident that he is an excellent attorney. A person in trouble could not go wrong by retaining him."
Federal crime Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is an excellent attorney -- this is evident from his posts. Usually, when I read something that he writes, I learn something new. AVVO computer ratings are not always accurate."
Federal crime Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Avvo ratings by computer miss the mark with this attorney. That's rather obvious reading his answers on AVVO."
Federal crime Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Avvo ratings by computer miss the mark with this attorney. His answers are superlative. His cusomization to the needs of the Avvo askers is great. His professional courtesy and demeanor to other lawyers on Avvo is exemplary."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephen is an experienced litigator and knows how to win for his clients."
Federal crime Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"After reading many of Mr. Wallace's answers here on AVVO it is obvious this attorney has the knowledge and skill to serve clients. I recommend this attorney, without hesitation, as a knowledgeable practitioner and advocate."
Federal crime Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wallace is one of the most exemplary and extraordinary attorneys that I have encountered in 24 years of practice. Despite being a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, and private attorney for nearly two and a half decades, I continue to learn valuable information from his posts every day. I would highly recommend."
Federal crime Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wallace is a no-holds-barred legal warrior who lets nothing stop him from his goals - as is evidenced by his demeanor in this forum in the face of adversity. He is trustworthy, professional, and knowledgeable in his field. His dedication is first rate. His rating is a "10"."
Federal crime Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wallace's knowledge of Federal Criminal law is first rate. I deeply respect his intellect and his experience. As a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel in Los Angeles, I know that the CJA attorneys are among the best and most proficient practitioners of federal criminal law. I highly endorse Mr. Wallace."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wallace is a zealous fighter for his clients. He is well repsected in court and his litigation skills are beyond reproach. A client would be lucky to have him in their corner."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Wallace has been doing good work to educate the community regarding the law. Well done."
General practice Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I have had the opportunity to view Attorney Wallace first hand. He is, without a doubt, a highly knowledgeable and well spoken advocate. I am absolutely sure that you will not be disappointed if you are fortunate enough to have Attorney Wallace represent you. I highly recommended this attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Attorney Wallace is one of the finest litigators in America. His knowledge of trial advocacy is second to none. He is truly Shakespeare when it comes to the law and indeed a great asset to have representing you."
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High Point Lawsuits and disputes Lawyer Stephen F Wallace
Stephen F Wallace
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
High Point, NC
Licensed for 21 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details