Eugene E. Lester III

Practice Areas
  • Professional Liability
  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Business
  • Employment
  • Trial & Appellate
  • Property and Eminent Domain
  • Domestic and Estate
  • Workers’ Compensation

Memberships & Experience


  • North Carolina State Bar, 1996
  • North Carolina, and Greensboro Bar Associations
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, Richmond, Virginia
  • United States District Courts of North Carolina, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts

Reported Cases

  • Khwaja v. Khan, No. COA14-728, 2015 WL 233425, (N.C. Ct. App. Jan. 20, 2015)
  • United States v. McManus, 734 F.3d 315, 316 (4th Cir. 2013)
  • D.P. Solutions, Inc. v. Xplore-Tech Servs. Private Ltd., 738 S.E.2d 829 (N.C. Ct. App. 2013)
  • N. Carolina State Bar v. Sossomon, 197 N.C. App. 261, 262, 676 S.E.2d 910 (2009)
  • U.S. v. Goodline, 400 F.3d 202 (4th Cir. 2005)
  • Greene v. Rogers Realty & Auction Co., 159 N.C.App. 665, 586 S.E.2d 278 (2003)
  • Mitchell v. Linville, 148 N.C.App. 71, 557 S.E.2d 620 (2001)


  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1996
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Binghamton University, 1993

Gene is an experienced litigator. His practice is focused on helping people and companies resolve disputes. He has handled jury trials in state and federal courts, and appeals in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Areas of Mr. Lester’s practice include domestic, commercial litigation, professional liability, employment, workers’ compensation, personal injury and wrongful death, as well as federal criminal defense.

Before joining Sharpless & Stavola, P.A. in 1998, Mr. Lester clerked for the Honorable P. Trevor Sharp, U.S. Magistrate Judge of the Middle District of North Carolina. He received his law degree from Wake Forest University, School of Law in 1996, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board. He completed his undergraduate studies at Binghamton University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a concentration in East Asian Studies. Mr. Lester resides in Greensboro, North Carolina with his family.

Community Involvement

  • Greensboro Zoning Commission
  • Greensboro Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel, member
  • Guilford County Inn of Court, former associate
  • Joseph Branch Inn of Court, former barrister