Jennifer represents clients in a wide range of complex business disputes, including numerous class action cases and LLC ownership disputes. She thrives in cases that involve complicated legal theories. She has extensive experience representing clients before the North Carolina Business Court and in federal district court.

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Jennifer has defended numerous class actions in a wide range of business-related cases. Her experience includes class action suits related to health care, insurance, antirust and securities.

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Jennifer has been widely recognized by her clients and peers for her success in antitrust litigation, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© and Chambers USA: American’s Leading Lawyers for Business for her work in this area. Jennifer’s antitrust litigation practice includes representation of various industries, such as health care and textiles.

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Jennifer represents a variety of health care related organizations in various business disputes. Her experience includes representing health care insurance companies in disputes with providers and participants, and representing a continuing care retirement community in a dispute over enforceability of covenants. She also represents a network of chiropractors in disputes brought by former network participants.

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Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Litigation—Securities (Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" 2014), Antitrust Litigation (Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" 2015 & 2018), Bet-the-Company Litigation (Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" 2017), Banking and Finance Litigation, and Commercial Litigation (2007-2018)

Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Business Litigation (2010-2017); Top 50 Women Lawyers (2012-2017); Top 100 (2012, 2014-2017); “Rising Star” (2009)

Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition for Business Litigation (2015)

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Antitrust Litigation (2008-2017)

Recognized by her peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Antitrust Law (2010), and Young Guns (2008); also permanently recognized in the "Legal Elite Hall of Fame"

Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a “Rising Star” (2011-2014), a "Future Star" (2015, 2017), a "Local Litigation Star" in Antitrust (2017) and Top 250 Women in Litigation (2015-2017)

Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 2010-2011

Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference

Adjunct Law Professor, Trial Practice, Elon Law School, Spring 2008

Rules Advisory Committee, North Carolina Business Court, 2006

Member, Litigation and Antitrust Sections, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Litigation and Antitrust Sections, American Bar Association

Member, Board of Directors, BackPack Beginnings, 2012-present 

Chair, Popsicles in the Park, Jones Elementary, 2009-present 

Volunteer, Jones Elementary, 2007-present 

Coach, Girls on the Run, 2012-2013

Member, Board of Directors, Joseph Branch Inn of Court, 2014

Member, Board of Directors, Presbyterian Counseling Center, 2014

Member, Session, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2013

"The Perils and Pitfalls of E-Discovery," Speaker, North Carolina Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2007 

"How Do I Practice Before the Business Court: A How-To-Guide," Article in Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section newsletter, North Carolina Bar Association, June 2007 

"Complex Litigation in the North Carolina Business Court," Speaker, North Carolina Business Court, May 2007 

"Students, Employees, Records and Technology: The Diverse Practice of Education Law," Speaker, North Carolina Bar Association, May 2006

"Changes at North Carolina Business Court," March 2006

As a partner at Brooks Pierce and a mom of three very active kids, I am always thinking and I am always solving problems. I think that being a mom makes me a better lawyer. I have a “get it done” approach – I am there when my clients need me and I am there when my family needs me.
When it comes to my practice, I thrive in cases that involve complicated legal theories. I work to understand deeply my clients’ problems and to find unique solutions that others may not find. Outside of Brooks Pierce, I am an avid runner and enjoy running with friends all over Greensboro. I serve on the board of directors for the Presbyterian Counseling Center, BackPack Beginnings, and the Joseph Branch Inn of Court, and am very active at church and at my kids’ school.

If you compare a canoe to a dispute, with litigation on one side and resolution on the other side, I know where and when to paddle. If you only paddle on the resolution side or the litigation side, you are just going in circles. I help clients move straight ahead.

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Speaking Engagements

January 18, 2016

Van Zant to present at 2016 Corporate Counsel Section Annual Meeting

Brooks Pierce Partner Jennifer Van Zant will appear on the program of the 2016 Corporate Counsel Section Annual Meeting at the North Carolina Bar Center in Cary on Friday, January 29, 2016. Van Zant will present "Recent Court Developments Impacting North Carolina Businesses." Her talk includes a...Read more
February 12, 2012

Seven Brooks Pierce Attorneys on Faculty for UNC CLE Festival

Wade Hargrove presented "Media Law in the Digital Age: The Rules Are Changing, Are You?" on February 11. Continuing change in the way news and information are communicated and received has undermined the business model of conventional news media companies causing public officials to reassess...Read more

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