Robert A. Singer - Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

Robert A. Singer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 336-271-3123

Bob has practiced in the areas of banking, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, 1934 Act reporting, venture capital transactions, and general corporate matters since 1979. He has been involved in over forty public offerings either as primary attorney or as our firm's securities review partner. He has been primary attorney or review partner on over one hundred mergers, and has directed numerous private equity placements. Since 2000, Bob served as issuer's or underwriter's counsel in public securities offerings in excess of $1.0 billion.

Bob maintains an active practice in the representation of banking organizations and the North Carolina Bankers Association. He also provides securities and corporate advice to a number of publicly-traded corporations. Bob also advises our litigation practice in the defense of directors, auditors and others in securities cases.

He serves on the boards of directors of a number of private companies headquartered in North Carolina, New York or Hong Kong. Bob is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) in Banking Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law, recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in Corporate Law/Mergers & Acquisitions and Banking and Finance, and recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers in the areas of Banking and Finance. Bob is also on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Center for Banking and Finance of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bob is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs of the North Carolina Bar Association, Wake Forest University School of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, and Elon University School of Law, and continuing education programs of the North Carolina Association of Independent Certified Public Accountants and banking industry conferences. He also serves on the faculty of the School of Banking of the North Carolina Bankers Association and the Directors' College of the North Carolina Commissioner of Banks.

Honors & Awards 
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Banking and Finance Law (2006-2016) and Corporate Law/Mergers & Acquisitions (2004-2005, 2007-2008, 2010)
  • Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers in Banking and Finance (2011-2015)
 Professional & Community Activities
  • Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, ABA Subcommittee on Financial Institutions
  • Member, Sports & Entertainment Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Business and Banking Law and Sports and Entertainment Law Sections, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Director, North Carolina Economic Development Board
  • President and Board Member, Renew North Carolina, Inc., 2013-2014
  • Director, Operation Smile of North Carolina, 2002-2012
  • Member, Action Greensboro Task Force, 2001-03
  • Founding Director, Piedmont Entrepreneurs Network, 1984-86
  • Region III Director, United States Youth Soccer Association, 2009--2013
  • Member, Board of Directors, United States Youth Soccer Association, 2009--2013
  • President, North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, 2001-2009
  • Member, Rules Committee, United States Soccer Federation, 2003-05
  • Member, Task Force on Corporate Governance, United States Soccer Federation, 2003-05
  • Director, North Carolina Soccer Foundation, 2001-2009
  • Director, North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame, 2001-2009
  • Past Member, Youth Highway Safety Council, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Director, Operation Smile of North Carolina, 2002--
  • Director and Past President (1997-98, 1999-2000), Greensboro Youth Soccer Association
  • Recipient, Mosier Award for Exceptional Contributions to Youth Soccer, North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, 2000
  • Youth Soccer Coach
Articles & Publications
  • "Bank Examiners Focus on Bank-Owned Life Insurance Policies ("BOLI")," Legal Topics Bulletin, April 2005
  • Buying and Selling a Business: "Why do I need all that paper?," Legal Topics Bulletin, September 2004
  • "Director Characteristics," Legal Topics Bulletin, September 2004
  • Legal Memos, North Carolina Bankers Association, 1988--
  • Articles in Wake Forest University Law Review and Christian Legal Journal
News Seminars & Speaking Engagements Stories

The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillBA 1974Wake Forest UniversityJ.D. 1979
US Youth Soccer AssociationThe Foundation for North CarolinaIXL Media LLCParallasso CorporationEconomic Development Partnership of North Carolina

Client Comments

"Our company has benefited from Bob's wise counsel, as he is able to quickly analyze potential legal issues and provide appropriate responses in a timely manner."

"Bob is the most knowledgeable bank attorney in the state. He not only understands the banking regulations, but also has the ability to communicate on all levels of understanding. He is always available to answer questions. It is so easy to inadvertently violate regulations, it is important to have his advice and counsel in the most heavily regulated industry in the nation."

"Robert Singer not only knows the law, but knows the key regulators and government officials that enforce the law. These contacts are valuable when we need to make a quick decision or need direction on a matter."

-Wesley Sturges
Bank of Commerce

"Robert Singer is an expert in the field of Banking and Securities law. He is always responsive. He takes a personal interest in our company."

"Bob is a very creative deal maker with a high level of political awareness in a corporate environment. He looks beyond the deal on the table to discern the motivation of the parties, always looking for the best deal structure for his clients. Bob is especially good under pressure, with a combination of street smarts and diplomacy that minimizes "knee jerk" reactions. I want him in our corner."

-Robbie Perkins
NAI Piedmont Triad

"Having had the opportunity to work with Bob Singer for more than 25 years, I feel competent to recommend him as consistently displaying the utmost in "user friendly" legal professionalism. He has a clear understanding of the value of prompt, high-quality work and provides it unfailingly. His knowledge in a broad range of business areas makes him one of our most prized resources."

-Paul Stock
Executive Vice President & Counsel
North Carolina Bankers Association

"He is an excellent business partner on legal issues. He approaches decisions from a global perspective and is extremely knowledgeable regarding SEC regulations, financial institution regulations, etc. He exceeds our expectations."

-Pressley Ridgill
FNB Southeast

"We count ourselves fortunate to have Bob Singer as our attorney. Bob knows law and he understands business. He knows people and he understands our unique organization. In every situation he knows what matters most; he knows what needs to be done, and then he executes, with excellence and integrity."

-Jonathan Smith
Jonathan Smith & Co. Investment Counsel, LLC

Office Location

Renaissance Plaza, Suite 2000
230 North Elm Street
P.O. Box 26000
Greensboro, NC 27420
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2010 Lawyer of the Year in Banking and Finance Law of the Greensboro Metro Area
Robert A. Singer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law
Corporate Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Other Information

Gender: Male