H. L. Stephenson, III

P: 252.215.4004
F: 252.215.4077

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120 West Fire Tower Road

Winterville, NC 28590
Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 8088
Greenville, NC 27835-8088

Professional Experience

Mr. Stephenson's practice experience encompasses business law (including formations, transfers and acquisitions, tax planning, and controversies), estate planning, and business and corporate management counseling.  His practice is focused on advising business owners, representation of their companies, and helping owners and their companies find solutions for a diverse range of legal issues encountered by businesses.  Mr. Stephenson has lectured extensively in continuing legal education programs and to civic organizations on business organizations and transactions and estate and tax planning.  He also has authored and co-authored manuscripts on those subjects.  Mr. Stephenson has been an officer and member of the boards of directors of numerous civic, charitable, and economic development organizations.  He has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law.

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina, 1982
  • All state courts in North Carolina
  • United States Tax Court

Honors and Distinctions*

  • "Super Lawyer," North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2006-2007


  • LL.M., Taxation, College of William & Mary Law School, 1983
  • J.D., The University of North Carolina School of Law, 1982
  • A.B., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Beaufort County Committee of 100
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County, Inc. (board member; Advisory Board member; foundation board member; past president; leader of two capital campaigns; chairman, Resource Development Committee)
  • East Carolina Estate Planning Council (past president)
  • East Carolina University Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, Inc. (past board member; past president; honorary board member)
  • Martin County Committee of 100
  • North Carolina Bar Association—Sections: Business Law; Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law; Tax Law
  • North Carolina Biotechnology Center Eastern Advisory Committee (committee member; past vice chairman; chairman)
  • North Carolina Community Foundation (past Pitt County Advisory Board member; past chairman of Pitt County Advisory Board)
  • North Carolina Economic Developers Association
  • Pitt County Committee of 100 (past president; past board member; legal counsel)
  • Pitt County Educational Foundation, Inc. (board member; chairman of the board)
  • Small Business & Technology Development Center (Advisory Board member; past vice chairman of Advisory Board)

* Please see the following websites for an explanation of the membership standards for the following recognitions: www.bestlawyers.com; www.businessnc.com/legalelite; and www.superlawyers.com/north-carolina.

Practice Groups

Practice Concentrations

  • Closely-Held Businesses and Owners
  • High Net-Worth Individuals
  • Nonprofit Organizations

Peer rated