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Managing Partners: Reid L. Phillips
Number of partners: 68
Number of lawyers: 99
Languages:Albanian, English, German, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Brooks Pierce is a North Carolina-based business law firm that provides creative solutions for the significant and complex dealings of its clients. Brooks Pierce lawyers serve businesses, governments, non-profit institutions, trade associations and individuals on a regional, national, and international level. The firm’s unique philosophy of exposing bright and dedicated attorneys to multiple areas of the law to encourage collaboration results in effective solutions for clients. The firm is a member of the GGI network.

Main Areas of Practice:
Appellate Litigation
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights
Class Action
Compliance & Internal Investigations
Construction & Development
Drone/Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Law
Environment - Compliance & Litigation
Federal Litigation
Governmental Relations
Intellectual Property
International Law
Labor & Employment
Litigation: General Commercial
Media & Communications
Mediation & Arbitration
Privacy including Data Breach
Professional Liability Litigation
Real Estate & Land Use
Tax & Benefits
Trusts & Estates
Utilities & Telecommunications
White Collar Criminal Defense

More than half of the firm’s attorneys are trial lawyers. They represent businesses of all sizes, individual professionals, government entities, and criminal defendants in litigation in both federal and state courts including a significant practice in the NC Business Court. They handle a wide variety of matters, from government investigations and white-collar criminal cases, to professional liability and employment claims, to contract and intellectual property disputes. The team includes two former Assistant US Attorneys.
Key Clients: The Governor of North Carolina, Guilford County Board of Education
Contact: Reid Phillips
Tel: 336 271 3116
Email: [email protected]

The corporate team has proven proficiency in every facet of transactional law. The team represents clients in a range of business law matters, including securities, tax, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and assisting start-up companies with organization and financing. The team also represents venture capital and mezzanine funds, family-owned businesses, private investors, and government entities in lending, acquisition, divestiture, and investment transactions.
Key Clients: Geneva Corporation, Capitol Broadcasting, NC Cable Telecommunications Association
Contact: Mark Davidson
Tel: 336 271 3126
Email: [email protected]

The antitrust team provides its clients with creative solutions to help them meet their business objectives. Brooks Pierce lawyers regularly counsel clients on antitrust and regulatory implications of mergers and acquisitions, franchise agreements, marketing campaigns, joint ventures, and organizational practices. Attorneys provide customized counseling and antitrust training to companies of all sizes, media outlets, trade associations, health care organizations, and private individuals.
Key Clients: Health Network Solutions, NC Board of Pharmacy, Hearst Television, Inc.
Contact: Jeffrey Oleynik
Tel: 336 271 3182
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
Brooks Pierce clients are innovators and inventors who look to the firm for copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secret protection. Brooks Pierce attorneys also represent musicians, artists, filmmakers, and producers in the entertainment industry by providing counsel on licensing, copyrighting, and royalties.
Key Clients: NorthStar Travel Media, LLC, Mother Earth Brewing, Simply Southern
Contact: David Sar
Tel: 336 271 3175
Email: [email protected]

Brooks Pierce’s attorneys have extensive experience representing companies and local governments regarding virtually all types of environmental issues relating to regulatory compliance, permitting, litigation and transactional matters. The team includes seasoned litigators, attorneys with scientific and engineering backgrounds and technical expertise, and former regulators with the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Key Clients: Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, International Farming Corporation
Contact: George House
Tel: 336 271 3114
Email: [email protected]

Labor & Employment:
Brooks Pierce has been recognized for its well respected labor and employment practice since the 1950s. The firm’s attorneys provide clients with practical, real-world advice on all aspects of employment law, including discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour compliance, employee handbooks, employee benefits, employee discipline, executive compensation, and employment agreements such as non-competition provisions. Firm attorneys have defended employers against hundreds of whistle-blower, discrimination, wage and hour, and common-law employment claims.
Key Clients: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Biscuitville Inc., ITG Brands, Inc.
Contact: Natalie Sanders
Tel: 336 271 3148
Email: [email protected]