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Joel R. Rhine

Car accident Attorney at Wilmington, NC

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  • Licensed for 35 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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About Joel

Learn Joel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    We have numerous catastrophic injury cases in litigation at all times.

    11 years

  2. Defective and dangerous products
    We handle all types of defective product cases. We are presently involved in about 700 Chnese Drywall cases in the ED La.

    11 years

  3. Personal injury

    8 years

  4. Litigation

    8 years

  5. Trucking accident
    Recent Result: In 2013, we obtained a 3.1 million dollar settlement that occured on the second day of trial in a multi-fatility case involving a Motorcoach, logging truck and pickup.

    11 years

  6. Wrongful death
    We have numerous wrongful death cases pending during most years.

    11 years

  7. Admiralty and maritime
    Recent Result: In 2011, we obtained a $9,000,000 judgment in a multi-fatility parasailing accident.

    11 years

  8. Brain injury
    Recent Result: In 2011, we resolved a TBI auto case in amounts over $650,000.

    11 years

Joel R. Rhine is nationally recognized for his local and national trial work. Mr. Rhine has decades of experience in complex litigation matters, including:

• Serious motor vehicle accidents such as car accidents, 18-wheeler and tractor-trailer accidents, and other types of collisions
• Defective drugs and medical devices
• Other products liability claims
• Work-related accidents• Construction litigation claims
• Business and civil litigation
• Wage and hour claims• Medical malpractice• Premises liability claims
• Data breach litigation
• Construction Accidents
• Construction Defects
• Resort & Recreational Accidents

Mr. Rhine’s recent results include: a $9.0 million wrongful death judgment in North Carolina State Court; being co-lead counsel in largest individual Chinese Drywall settlement, which was valued at over $24 million; obtaining a $3.1 million settlement that occurred during trial in a bus collision case; receiving a 2.0 million recovery related to a motorcycle- truck accident;  and $300,000 for the victim of a dog bite.
 Mr. Rhine’s hard work has been recognized by his peers and many publications. Mr. Rhine has been recognized repeatedly as a SuperLawer - Top 100 North Carolina Lawyers;   Business North Carolina's Legal Elite; Best Lawyers; National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers; and has enjoyed an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell since 2002 and more.

Mr. Rhine achieved his first eight-figure verdict in a federal jury trial at age 30. Mr. Rhine filed the first lawsuit in what became the multi-decade, multi-state synthetic stucco (EIFS) litigation, where he represented thousands of homeowners against a variety of constructions participants and manufacturers. When this mass tort litigation bogged down, Mr. Rhine began taking the cases to trial. The first trial ended in a settlement after six weeks of testimony.  Later, Mr. Rhine obtained the nation’s first verdict against an EIFS manufacturer.  This multimillion dollar verdict was a catalyst for a national EIFS settlement against this EIFS manufacturer.

Mr. Rhine sought new challenges after the EIFS litigation, including class actions of many types, business dispute litigation, catastrophic personal injury and wrong death cases, product liability actions and data breach cases. He is regularly invited to participate in interesting, important, and complex litigation by attorneys who know his trial talents, integrity, and work ethic. He has been counsel, lead counsel, or a member of the Plaintiff Steering Committee in dozens of class actions and national mass tort cases.

Mr. Rhine’s present caseload includes:

• Catastrophic construction accident cases, including several multi-million dollar deck and porch collapse case;
•  Numerous catastrophic personal injury cases, including automobile, trucking and product liability cases,
• Co-counsel and co-lead counsel in approximately 700 Chinese Drywall cases pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana,
• Co-lead counsel in several consumer class actions against manufacturer Louisiana Pacific pending in numerous jurisdictions. 
• Numerous Federal cases against Pella Corporation for defective windows.
• A member of the Plaintiff Steering Committee in the Benicar MDL litigation.
• Numerous multi-family construction defect cases.
• Mr. Rhine is involved in dozens of class actions and national mass tort cases, including numerous data breach cases, defective medical devices (such as IVC filters) and pharmaceutical cases.

As a frequently requested speaker on legal topics for trial lawyers and judges, Mr. Rhine speaks at continuing education seminars on topics ranging from trial skills, class actions, ethics, and more. Mr. Rhine has presented on multiple occasions throughout the United States for, among others, Mass Torts Made Perfect, North Carolina Advocates of Justice, North Carolina Bar Association, Mealeys, Lorman, and the AEI-Brookings Joint Center Judicial Education Program.

Mr. Rhine received his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University in 1988, where he was elected to the Wake Forest University Law Review.  He was published twice in the Law Review while a student and received the Wake Forest Law Review award.

Mr. Rhine received a BA degree from the University of Tampa in 1985, where he received an academic scholarship, was inducted into four honor societies, was on the Dean's List from 1982 through 1985, was awarded the Political Science Graduate Award for attaining the highest GPA among Political Science graduates, and was a letterman on the varsity baseball team.

Mr. Rhine was admitted to The North Carolina State Bar in 1988.

Mr. Rhine remains involved in many legal associations.  These include: New Hanover County Bar Association (President, 1997-1998); American Association for Justice; Public Justice Foundation; North Carolina Bar Association; North Carolina State Bar; and North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Mr. Rhine is a has participated in executive boards and leadership positions in many of these organizations and his participation in various sections changes based upon his current caseload and whether pressing issues about which he is interested are being dealt with by these sections.

Finally, and above all, Mr. Rhine is a devoted family man. While he works extremely long hours and appears in courtrooms across the country, he spends his leisure hours with Alice, his wife of 25 years, and their two children.

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Rhine Law Firm, P.C.
1612 Military Cutoff Road
Suite 300
Wilmington, NC, 28403

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Posted by Bob | December 26, 2013
Commercial dispute resolution
Joel has helped our company in several situations involving commercial contracts, the most recent case involved enforcing a warranty on a $500,000 piece of equipment after we encountered some latent installation issues. With Joel's guidance, we were able to execute an effective communication strategy that resulted in the vendor taking timely action to completely resolve the issue.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-500 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Rhine Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rhine Martin Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rhine Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Lea, Rhine & Associates
  • 1995 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Shipman & Lea
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Attorney
  • Hunton & Williams
  • 1988 - 1991
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  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of Tampa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wishon, et al, v. America Charters, Ltd., et al
  • 3.1 million settlement
  • Hobbie et al vs R C R Holdings II LLC et al
  • Settled- valued at 24 million


  • American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Preemption Law Litigation Group
  • 2009 - Present
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • 2000 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Assoociation
  • 1988 - Present
  • New Hanover County Bar Association
  • Former President
  • 1998 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyer Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • SuperLawyer Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • SuperLawyer Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • SuperLawyer Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • SuperLawyer Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Wake Forest Law Review Award
  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • 1988
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  • Michie Publishers
  • Douglas' Forms Fourth Edition
  • 1989
  • Wake Forest Law Review
  • Note
  • 1988
  • Wake Forest Law Review
  • Note
  • 1987

Speaking Engagements

  • Construction Product Litigation Conference
  • Ethics Issues Arising in Construction-Related MDLs
  • 2013
  • Civil Masters in Advocacy
  • All Things Deposition
  • 2013
  • NCBA- Construction Litigation Winter CLE
  • 2010
  • Construction Law Winter Program.
  • Adding Tools to the Construction Lawyer’s Tool Belt". Hot Topics in Construction Law 2010 Issues Involving Chinese Drywall Litigation
  • 2010
  • Condominium Construction Issues in North Carolina
  • Condominium and Multi-Family
  • 2008
  • Contracts for Construction Lawyers: How to Get the Party Started
  • Contracts for Construction Lawyers: How to Get the Party Started
  • 2006
  • Judicial Symposium on "Critical Issues in Construction Defects Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • 2005
  • Securities, Drug & Environmental Litigation
  • Product Liability and Mold Litigation
  • 2003
  • Plaintiffs' Firm Retreat
  • Strategies on Water Intrusion and Mold Litigation
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (14)
Endorse Joel
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Joel in the courtroom and he is a highly effective and zealous advocate for his clients. He does a terrific job."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel is a thorough aggressive advocate for his clients. He has a great reputation among members of the bar and the judiciary. I highly recommend Joel."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel has an unmatched reputation for being a tenacious and well-prepared courtroom attorney. He can handle the most complex case with ease, and is a thorough and meticulous practitioner of the law. I highly recommend him."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joel is a terrific, dedicated lawyer who fights hard for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Fantastic and hard working lawyer."
Class action Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Joel, since he is a smart and aggressive attorney who fights tirelessly for his clients."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Joel and his partner Jean on many class action cases over the past years. I have the greatest respect for Joel and his office and recommend him without question."
Trucking accident Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Joel is a caring and compassionate lawyer who zealously represents his clients. His passion for the law and his desire for a good outcome drive him to leave no stone unturned in any matter."
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