Auley M. Crouch, III

Civil Litigation
Construction Law
Condemnation/Eminent Domain

Lee focuses his practice in civil litigation, including such areas as commercial, construction, real estate, defective products and personal injury.

Lee also has extensive experience in condemnation/eminent domain, land use and zoning disputes, often involving complex and particularly challenging issues. Lee has been a North Carolina Certified Mediator since 1993 and has often served as an Arbitrator.

Lee is a Wilmington native. He previously practiced with Carr, Swails, Huffine, Crouch & Keeter in Wilmington before founding his present firm, Block, Crouch, Keeter, Behm & Sayed, LLP in 1996. Lee is married and has three grown children and three grandchildren. He enjoys biking, running and is active in various community organizations, including board service.


  • John Marshall Law School (J.D. with distinction, 1976)
  • The Citadel (B.S., 1966)

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina State Bar, 1976
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1980
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1987

Honors and Distinctions

  • AV Distinguished for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale Hubbell
  • Legal Elite – Litigation, Business NC, 2015
  • Legal Elite – Construction, Business NC, 2015
  • “Super Lawyer” North Carolina Super Lawyers, General Litigation 2013-16, 2018
  • Duke Private Adjudication Center Panel of Mediators, Member
  • The John Marshall Journal, Associate Editor 1975-76

Professional and Personal Affiliations

  • Fifth Judicial Bar, Member, President 1995
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, Councilmember
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • New Hanover County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Kid’s Making It, Board Member