Puryear and Lingle, P.L.L.C. is recognized throughout the State in the areas of
Business LawEmployment LawPersonal InjuryLitigation and Elder Law.  We also  focus on protecting the rights of workplace WHISTLEBLOWERS.
If you need a lawyer in one of these areas, you've come to the right place!
Puryear and Lingle —
"a SMALL POWERHOUSE of a law firm" 
Attorneys at Law



Puryear and Lingle, PLLC


David Puryear is also a member-manager of the firm.  He is a seasoned litigator.  His main areas of practice are complex commercial litigation, employment law, transactional law and personal injury/wrongful death.  He has lectured on equal employment opportunity to bar groups, spoken at continuing legal education (CLE) seminars on trial techniques and administrative hearings, and held community resource lectures on employment law issues.  He was admitted to practice law in 1983, before North Carolina state and federal district courts; in 1984 before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; and in 1990 before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mr. Puryear served in the US Air Force before entering law school.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law (including commercial litigation, contract disputes; transactional work; antitrust; unfair trade practices and general corporate law)
  • Employment Law (including sexual harassment, discrimination; wrongful termination; anti-competitive covenants; whistleblower and Sarbanes-Oxley claims; retaliation; ERISA; ADA; FMLA; ADEA; REDA)
  • Personal Injury (including wrongful death, products liability; auto accidents; medical malpractice; nursing home liability)
  • Elder Law (including wills, trusts, estate planning and administration, Medicare issues, nursing home care)


  • 1983  -  Juris Doctor, University of North Carolina School of Law (Chapel Hill)

  • 1980  -  B.A., North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Professional Associations

  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association (member, Labor and Employment Law, and Business Law sections)
  • American Bar Association (member, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (member, Employment Law Section)


  • Author, Current Employment Laws You Need to Know About, appearing in FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES IN NORTH CAROLINA HUMAN RESOURCES LAW (2001)
  • Author, Americans with Disabilities Act chapter appearing in EMPLOYMENT LAW 2006, Wake Forest University School of Law Continuing Legal Education Publication

Representative Cases

  • Peterson v. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, 1999 WL 33545509, 1999 NCBC 2, N.C. Super. (May 25, 1999)
  • Wagner v. Dillard Department Stores, Inc., 17 Fed. Appx. 141, 2001 WL 967495, C.A.4 (N.C.) (August 27, 2001)
  • Brodar v. McKinney, 378 F. Supp. 2d 634, M.D.N.C. (April 13, 2005)
  • Seager v. James M. Walter Profit Sharing Plan, 2004 WL 2186328, 33 Employee Benefits Cas. 2659, M.D.N.C. (July 29, 2004)
  • Alston v. North Carolina A and T State University, 304 F.Supp.2d 774, 186 Ed. Law Rep. 169, M.D.N.C. (February 06, 2004)

David B. Puryear, Jr.

Contact Information
Telephone: 336-218-0227
Email: puryear@puryearandlingle.com

Robert J. Lingle

Contact Information
Telephone: 336-218-0227
Email: lingle@puryearandlingle.com

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Mr. Lingle is a member-manager of Puryear and Lingle P.L.L.C., practicing primarily in the areas of business litigation, employment law and personal injury.  He has been practicing in the Triad area since 1991.  He represents both individuals and companies and engages in both plaintiff-side and defense work.  He handles trials and appeals in state and federal court.  He prides himself on maintaining a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the laws in his areas of practice and in relentlessly pursuing the best possible outcome for all of his clients.  He is frequently asked to lecture on various business and employment related legal topics.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law (including business formation, business disputes, contracts, fraud and other business torts, trademark infringement, unfair and deceptive trade practices, company and business sales, stock sales and other transactions)
  • Employment Law (including all types of discrimination, WHISTLEBLOWER claims, sexual harassment, non-compete agreements, employee benefits, retaliation, ADA; FMLA; ADEA; REDA)
  • Personal Injury, including wrongful death, auto accidents, assault, battery, slip and fall, nursing home neglect and abuse)
  • Entertainment Law (contract drafting and review)
  • Elder Law (including wills, living wills, trusts, general and healthcare powers of attorney, etc.)


  • 1991  -  Juris Doctor with Honors, University of North Carolina School of Law (Chapel Hill); Member, NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW; Managing Editor, ACADEMIA (American Association of University Professors; received American Jurisprudence Award (Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company) for excellence in the field of legal research and writing.

  • 1988  -  B.A., B.A. with minors, magna cum laude, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Phi Eta Sigma

Professional Associations

  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association (member, Entertainment Law, Labor and Employment Law, Elder Law, Estate Planning sections)
  • American Bar Association (member, Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)


  • Co-Author, Business Torts, appearing in NORTH CAROLINA TORT LAW (1992)
  • Author, Employment Practice Issues and Protecting Business Interests, appearing in EMPLOYMENT LAW ISSUES (2003)

Representative Cases

  • Farr Associates, Inc. v. Baskin, 138 N.C. App. 276, 530 S.E.2d 878 (June 06, 2000)
  • Peterson v. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, 1999 WL 33545509, 1999 NCBC 2, N.C. Super. (May 25, 1999)
  • Baker Construction Company, Inc. v. Phillips, 333 N.C. 441, 426 S.E.2d 679 (March 12, 1993)
  • Wagner v. Dillard Department Stores, Inc., 17 Fed. Appx. 141, 2001 WL 967495, C.A.4 (N.C.), (August 27, 2001)
  • Lowe v. Unifi, Inc., 292 F. Supp. 2d 773, M.D.N.C. (October 28, 2003)
  • Jackson v. Kimel, 992 F.2d 1318, 143 L.R.R.M. (BNA) 2203, 61 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 1111, 61 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 42,233, 61 USLW 2685, 125 Lab. Cas. P 10,664, 8 IER Cases 859, C.A.4 (N.C.), (April 30, 1993)