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Robert J. Lingle

Business Attorney at Greensboro, NC

5.0   14 reviews

also known as R. J. Lingle, Joe Lingle

  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1991
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Extensive business and transactional experience; General Counsel to publicly-traded corporation - Business Formation, Contracts, Employment Law, Shareholder and LLC Agreements, Non-Competes, Sale Agreements, Mergers, Acquisitions, Financing, etc.

    33 years

  2. Employment and labor
    I represent individuals and companies for claims involving: Whistleblower laws, Discrimination, Wrongful Discharge, Sexual Harassment, Non-Competes, Retaliation, Compensation and Benefits, FMLA, ADA, Severance, Executive Compensation, Wage and Hour

    33 years

  3. Elder law
    • Wills and estates • Trusts • Power of attorney • General Power of Attorney • Durable Power of Attorney • Healthcare Power of Attorney • Advance Directives and Living Wills • Personal Care Agreements • Family Settlements • Long-term Care Planning

    23 years

NC Resident

Member - Oak Ridge United Methodist Church

Board Governance on Home and Property Owners Associations - Oak Ridge, NC; Colfax, NC; Greensboro, NC; North Myrtle Beach, SC

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Puryear and Lingle P.L.L.C.
5501 Adams Farm Lane, Unit E
Greensboro, NC, 27407

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Ray | May 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ray & Mary Gravley
Recently Attorney Lingle assisted us in preparation of wills and power of attorneys. We were impressed with his assistance and were very satisfied with documents.
Posted by John | August 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Completely Satisfied
While researching lawyers in our area to draft our Last Will and Testament, we came upon favorable reviews of the law firm of Puryear and Lingle. We took a chance and had Attorney Lingle complete our wills. He was very friendly and professional. He answered all of our questions in a down-to-earth style. We would hire him again and highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Fast and efficient service
We had Mr. Lingle revise our Health Care Power of Attorney and Last Will and Testaments We were very pleased with Mr. Lingle's professionalism, knowledge, and speed of service. We would highly recommend Mr. Lingle if you are drafting a new will or making making revisions to an existing will or wills.
Posted by Matt | September 20, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great Job
Mr. Lingle was truly helpful in helping my wife and I draft a will. He explained everything in understandable terms and was very quick and efficient with the process. He is a top notch lawyer that is honest and who genuinely cares about your best interests. I would highly recommend him for your legal matters.
Posted by Beth | September 20, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Experience
My husband and I contacted Mr. Lingle to have a will drawn up. Mr. Lingle was very informative and did a great job explaining all aspects of making the will as well as how it will be executed. I highly recommend contacting Mr. Lingle for your legal needs.
Posted by Gary and Melissa | August 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Honest, helpful attorney. Great help!
My husband and I went to Mr. Lingle to have simple wills drawn up in order to protect ourselves in the future. He was very informative and knowledgeable in helping us make the best decisions for our situation. He was warm and personable, making us feel comfortable discussing our most private information . He explained our choices in layman's terms, which is hard to find. We highly recommend him as an attorney!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2015
Very impressed
Robert Lingle is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. We used Mr. Lingle for help on an employee separation agreement where the employee was threatening legal action. Mr. Lingle handled the case excellently. We came to an agreement with the employee that satisfied both parties. Mr. Lingle responded to our questions quickly and reminded us when we had forgotten to give him information he needed for the case. It was his tenacity that helped us finish the employee separation agreement in a timely manner. I would definitely recommend him and would use him in the future.
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Posted by Alvan | August 10, 2015
Great job by Joe Lingle
Joe I must tell you that you are one of the best attorneys I’ve ever worked with or had any dealings with at all. All four of my parents are attorneys and I probably know 30 personally. Not to mention your rates are very equitable and your accounting for your time is impeccable. Hopefully you enjoyed working with us and you can expect prompt payment for the final invoice. Thanks again Joe Vance
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Posted by Eduart | November 11, 2014
Just a wonderful Experience
Mr Lingle has been my attorney for about 4 years now and has been just a wonderful experience. He has helped me on many cases. I like the way he takes his time and explain to you everything and not rushing to go to the next client.Very knowledgeable and trustworthy. I try to recommend Joe to as many friends as I know, that need legal advice.
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Posted by Joan | February 4, 2014
Wonderful personal care to a widow
I was referred to Joe Lingle thru my neighbor who went to law school with Joe. I had recently lost my husband and he handled the preparation of my Will, Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will. Joe was extremely helpful to me at this most difficult time in my life. He called me several times, and even made time for a call to my home in the evening. The staff in his office were very friendly and everything that I needed was taken care of.
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Posted by Natasha | May 9, 2013
Very personalble and likeable!
Robert was very knowledgable and very personable! He was very willing to explain things to us that we did not understand. I highly reccomend him!
Posted by Michael | May 8, 2013
Awesome Attorney
Was fast and efficient in helping me resolve a labor/employment issue.
Posted by Michael | August 27, 2012
I recommend
Mr. Lingle's first representation for me involved a corporate equipment lease with officer guarantees. He not only resolved the dispute in our favor, he was able to render the lease null and void. Mr. Lingle has represented myself or one of my companies on an ongoing basis for almost 20 years. I chose Mr. Lingle to represent me in a dispute with another family member which could have had a potentially untenable result. He resolved the dispute to everyone's satisfaction. My last legal and current representation involves a business dispute as to the ownership of an LLC with international members. I am following his advice as to this currently ongoing matter. I have complete confidence in his judgment.
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Posted by Bill | August 24, 2012
Trustworthy, Knowledgeable, Professional & Dependable
Mr. Lingle has handled a number of business related issues for my company including difficulty collecting payment from high profile hospitals. His approach to my company related issues has consistently resulted in problems being rapidly resolved without the need to enter arbitration or going to court. As a result of his handling of my business issues my wife and I also began using him for our personal needs such as will preparation, Living Wills, Health Care Power of Attorney and full Power of Attorney. Mr. Lingle has handled each need promptly, professionally, and has consistently charged very reasonable fees. As much as one would wish to avoid the need for a attorney's services my family will continue to consult with Mr. Lingle whenever the need arises.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney, Member-Manager
  • Puryear and Lingle, PLLC
  • 1995 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Litigation Firm - Commercial Disputes, Employment Law
  • 1991 - 1995


  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor With Honors
  • 1991
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts - Magna Cum Laude
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Farr Assocs., Inc. v. Baskin, 138 N.C. App. 276; 530 S.E.2d 878
  • Appeals court upheld dsimissal of a consulting firm's action against a former employee for alleged breach of a non-compete
  • Smalley v. Streuli Sales, Inc., M.D.N.C., NO. 1:98CV01066
  • Court concluded that alleged continuous and frequent display of Confederate battle flag and noose in the workplace was sufficient to allow jury to find for plaintiff African-Americans in their hostile work environment claims.
  • Peterson v. Robertson, M.D.N.C. 6:95CV00450
  • Case remanded to state court after opposing party improperly removed action from state court to federal court
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  • American Bar Association - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Executive Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Elder Law and Special Needs Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association - Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Forsyth County Bar
  • Member
  • 1991 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Member
  • North Carolina Law Review
  • 1991
  • Managing Editor
  • Academia - American Association of University Professors
  • 1990
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  • Employment Law Issues
  • Employment Practice Issues and Protecting Business Interests
  • 2003
  • North Carolina Tort Law
  • Business Torts
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • National Business Institute
  • LLC Operating Agreements: Start to Finish-CLE Attended
  • 2021
  • National Business Institute
  • Accounting 101 For Attorneys-CLE Attended
  • 2021
  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • Greensboro Bar Meeting – 24th Judicial District
  • 2021
  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • Greensboro Bar Meeting – 24th Judicial District
  • 2020
  • Legal Planning for the Future
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • CLE
  • Protecting Business Interests - Non-compete Agreements and Their Enforcement, Protection of Trade Secrets
  • 2003
  • CLE
  • Employment Practice Issues - Compensation Policies, Progressive Discipline Theory and Practice, Performance Evaluations
  • 2003
  • Meeting
  • Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
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Business Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joe Lingle dedicates himself to his clients' needs and applies his superior legal mind to fulfilling them. Having worked along side Joe for many years, I can vouch without reservation not only for his superior knowledge of law and process but also for his consummate professionalism. There is no lawyer I would trust more than him to protect the interests of his client."
Business Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Joe for twenty five years and I have followed his career throughout that time. Joe and his partner, David Puryear, bring a rare combination of intellect, judgment, foresight, and calm tough-mindedness to the pursuit of their clients' interests. I highly recommend them."
Business Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joe personally and professionally for over 25 years. Like other exceptional lawyers, he has the ability to actively listen to his client, understand issues, and provide practical, tactical advice while still keeping his focus on his client's overall strategic goals."