While he is no longer active in the daily practice of law, Henry still advises attorneys throughout the firm on appellate advocacy, mediation and commercial arbitration. He is available for consultation with other lawyers on specific legal and strategic matters. 

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Commissioned portrait hung in the courtroom of the University of North Carolina School of Law, 2014

Thornton H. Brooks Leadership Award, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, 2013

North Caroliniana Society Award, The North Caroliniana Society, 2008 

Power of Justice Award, Business Leader Magazine and NC Bar, 2008 

Distinguished Service Award, Greensboro Bar Association, 2008 

John J. Parker Award, North Carolina Bar Association, 2007 

American Judicature Society Justice Award, 2006 

Citation for Distinguished Public Service, North Carolina Citizens for Business & Industry, 2006 

William H. Hastie Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship, Judicial Counsel of the NBA, 2004 

Liberty Bell Award, NC Bar Association, 2004 

Laurel Wreath Award, Kappa Alpha Psi, 2003 

William Richardson Davie Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002 

W. E. B. DuBois Award, Association of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2002 

Outstanding Alumnus Award, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995 

Charles McIver Award, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1986 

R. R. Wright Award, National Bankers Association, 1983 

Carolina Peacemaker Award, 1983 

First NC A&T State University Alumni Excellence Award, 1971 

Honorary Doctorate Degrees: UNC-Greensboro, 2006; Florida Memorial College, 2004; UNC-Asheville, 2003; East Carolina University, 2001; Fayetteville State University, 2000; Livingstone College, 1999; NC A&T State University, 1983; Shaw University, 1971

Chairman of the Board, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership 

Chairman of the Board, American Judicature Society (1995-1996) 

Advisory Board, Elon University School of Law

Justice Henry Frye brings to the firm a wide variety of legal and professional experiences, including over 24 years in the private practice of law, 14 years in the North Carolina General Assembly, 10 years as president of a local bank, two years as an assistant U.S. attorney, two years as a law school professor, and more than 17 years on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He was a munitions officer with the United States Air Force in Japan and Korea, and later served as a Judge Advocate General Area Representative with the Air Force Reserve.  
In 1968, he became the first African-American to be elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in the 20th Century. He served in the State House for 12 years and was then elected to a two-year term in the North Carolina Senate. 

In 1983, Justice Frye became the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He was appointed by N.C. Governor Jim Hunt to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in September 1999, another first.

He retired from the Court, effective January 1, 2001, and shortly thereafter joined Brooks Pierce. He is a recognized business leader and community advocate. He has held leadership roles in many nonprofit, academic, professional and civic organizations, and is continually recognized for his dedication and contributions to state and local communities.

The legal profession is an honorable profession and a very important profession, and as lawyers we should always remember that we have a responsibility to society in addition to our responsibilities to our specific clients.

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May 1, 2012

Justice Frye to Keynote GTCC Graduation

Brooks Pierce attorney and former Chief Justice of the N.C. Supreme Court Henry E. Frye Sr. will be keynote speaker for the Guilford Technical Community College graduation at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at the Greensboro Coliseum. More than 1,300 students will graduate. Frye, an honors graduate...Read more

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