Morningstar Law Group – Raleigh Law Firm – Durham NC Attorneys

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Lee Patterson - Corporate Attorney Raleigh NC - M & A Attorney

Lee A. Patterson, III

Senior Counsel

Lee Patterson is an experienced corporate attorney who works with entrepreneurial and middle market companies. He focuses on corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters and professional licensing. Lee represents clients across many industries, including architecture/engineering, manufacturing, hospitality, technology, and agriculture. He also supports the firm’s real estate law practice by reviewing and drafting leases and lease-related agreements.

Outside of work, Lee enjoys spending time with family, traveling, the occasional round of golf, and attempting to smoke the perfect pork shoulder. He is an avid supporter of the UNC Tar Heels.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Win without crowing. Lose without crying.


  • Best Lawyers: Corporate Law (2022-2023), Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) (2024)

Representative Experience

  • Represents buyers and sellers in mergers, stock acquisitions, and asset purchase
  • Represents design firms in professional licensing and compliance matters
  • Represents clients in general corporate matters, including corporate governance, restructurings, contract review, securities compliance, corporate finance, loan agreements, and employment issues
  • Represents design firms in “pre-‘69” transactions
  • Formation of corporations and limited liability companies

Presentations & Publications

  • Shareholder Agreements, a Comparative Handbook by the Warwick Legal Network (Chapter 17 – USA) (2018)


  • Duke University School of Law, LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship (2013)
  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D. (2009) magna cum laude
    Executive Editor, Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business
    Recipient, Pro Bono Certificate
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Political Science and History (2004)


  • North Carolina State Bar (2009)


  • Deacon, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC
  • North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program (NC LEAP): Committee member
  • Durham Academy: Alumni Board member