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Robert E. Whitley

Personal injury Attorney at Raleigh, NC

3.0   2 reviews

also known as Bob Whitley

  • Licensed for 49 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1974
    Active No misconduct found

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At the Whitley Law Firm, we’ll care for you like family.

We will bring you into our fold, getting to know you, your family, and how your injury has affected your lives. We are here to listen– really listen. We will support, encourage and guide you through every step of your journey. 

Suffering a serious injury is life-altering– we aim to help you take back control of your story. We’ll leverage our collective teams’ experience to look out for you like family. We’ll take some of the burdens on, so you can focus on recovery. And we’ll work to get you the highest settlement possible so that you can get back to living.

Because the Whitley Advantage isn’t just one thing– it’s everything.

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Whitley Law Firm
3301 Benson Drive
Suite 201
Raleigh, NC, 27609
Whitley Law Firm
2506 North Herritage St.
Post Office Box 5309
Kinston, NC, 28503
Whitley Law Firm
701 McCarthy Boulevard
Post Office Box 12550
New Bern, NC, 12550
Whitley Law Firm
1702-A E. Arlington Blvd.
Greenville, NC, 27858
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Posted by Sandra | October 14, 2013
Excellent Attorney
In the beginning I didn’t think I needed an attorney, I didn’t want to upset anyone on the outside. I thought the insurance company would take care of me and just let them handle it, but as things progressed, they weren’t following through on some things they should have. I looked for an attorney and found a good one in Bob Whitley. I wanted someone I had a good rapport with. I looked in the yellow pages and called several attorneys, and when I spoke with Bob, he offered to come to my home to meet with me, no others did that. When we met, we had a good rapport and I decided to go with the Whitley Law Firm. Their team is extremely knowledgeable in all the situations of my case, with the Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability and 3rd party claims. The firm walked me through it and told me what to expect and how they were going to handle it. They always returned my calls, usually within an hour. They were very accessible, which was so important to me. Once I hired Bob as my attorney, I knew I was going to be in good hands and he was going to take care of everything I would need for the rest of my life.
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Posted by Daniel | June 5, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Refused to take case. Said they wouldn't make enough money.
Mr. Whitley was extremely condescending. Wouldn't even let me in the office. Took one look at me and decided I wasn't a rich client that was worth his time. I explained my situation where I was being lied to, pressured, and intimidated by a car insurance company that was legally liable for damages to my vehicle and were refusing to fix or total my car. He agreed I was in the right and they were behaving illegally but he told me to just threaten them with a lawyer, which I have been doing for two weeks. I said thats why I'm here. He said just keep threatening them and they will cave. Well they called my bluff and he refused to represent me. I needed a lawyer, not an empty threat of one. He wouldn't even call them and pressure them. He had me do it and didn't even say anything. I was already doing that for two weeks. He acted like he didn't believe me. Talked down to me and patronized me. His firm claims to handle cases like mine. Now I'm still out of a vehicle and on the verge of losing my job and apartment and at risk of becoming homeless. There's something wrong with our justice system when insurance companies can just do whatever they want to lower income people and lawyers like this treat them like nothing and refuse to represent them. We have no one on our side to represent us and get justice. I would never recommend this jerk to anyone. Waste of time and humiliating.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Whitley Law Firm
  • 1980 - Present
  • Partner
  • Whitley Law Firm
  • 1900 - Present


  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • East Carolina University
  • BSBA
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • names withheld
  • settled for 2.3 million
  • names withheld
  • settled for 3.5 million
  • Names withheld
  • Settled for 5.5 million
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  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
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  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
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  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
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  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Past Board of Governors
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Lifetime Membership
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2008
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
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  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
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  • ABA Law Practice Magazine
  • Living My Dream
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Convention 2013
  • Law Firm Management
  • 2013
  • ATLA Convention 1999
  • Public Image of Trial Lawyers
  • 1999

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent immigration attorney with a great level of professionalism and experience."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wrongful death Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bob Whitley's incredible reputation is well-founded and deserved. He is a wonderful advocate for his clients and works tirelessly to serve them. It is an honor to work with Mr. Whitley and I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob Whitley is quite possibly the most caring and compassionate lawyer I have had the privilege to interact with during my legal career. Bob routinely exceeds the standards by which lawyers are judged, providing proof of his high ethical standards whether dealing with clients, co-workers or adversaries."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Wrongful death Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Experienced injury lawyer!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Raleigh Personal injury Lawyer Robert E. Whitley
Robert E. Whitley
Personal injury Attorney
Raleigh, NC
Licensed for 49 years