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Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP


About Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP

With three offices in North Carolina, Brooks Pierce is a go-to law firm in the Tarheel state. Boasting a stand-out litigation practice, the firm is also known for its bankruptcy, corporate, employment, and environmental practices.

Generally Speaking…

Founded at the end of the 19th century, Brooks Pierce is a mainstay in the North Carolina legal world. The firm embraces a generalist model through which lawyers are not pinned down to one specific practice. The firm touts autonomy as one of its values and offers its lawyers freedom to explore practices and even change their focus over time. This approach is coupled with a flat structure that eschews hierarchy in favor of teamwork and collaboration.

You Need It? They’ve Got It

Working in dozens of practices across more than 20 industries, Brooks Pierce is truly a full-service firm. The firm represents a range of clients—from local North Carolina names to large, international companies—including ABC Television Affiliates Association; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Coastal Federal Credit Union; Hearst Television; Houghlin Mifflin Harcourt; Lionel LLC; National Association of Broadcasters; NC Bankers Association; NC Governor’s Office; Tesla Motors; Scripps Media; Spectrum; The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; and the University of North Carolina.

The firm shines in the litigation realm and has been named “North Carolina Law Firm of the Year” multiple times by Benchmark Litigation. Its work in commercial litigation has also been recognized by the likes of U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” and Chambers USA (North Carolina region). Brooks Pierce litigators work in such areas as antitrust, appellate, class actions, complex business litigation, construction, IP, North Carolina Business Court, professional liability, and more.

The firm has a bustling employment practice, assisting clients with employment policy development, employment agreements, discrimination claims and other forms of litigation, wage and hour issues, and employee discipline, among other areas. In the environmental law area, the firm has experience assisting clients with compliance and investigations, transactional matters, permits and authorizations, toxic tort litigation, health and safety matters, and much more. The firm is also adept at assisting clients with complex transactional matters, including M&A, financing, and securities.

Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP

230 North Elm Street
2000 Renaissance Plaza
Greensboro, NC 27401
Phone: (336) 373-8850

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Reid Phillips
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
100 - 150

Employment Contact

Katie LeMere
Recruiting Coordinator

No. of U.S. Offices: 3

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Greensboro, NC
Raleigh, NC
Wilmington, NC

Major Departments

Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
Business & Corporate
Class Action
Employee Benefits
Governmental Relations & Public Policy
Health Care
Intellectual Property
International & Cross-Border
Media, Publishing, & Communications
Mergers & Acquisitions
Real Estate
Trusts & Estates
White Collar Defense & Investigations
*See firm website for complete list of departments and practices