Brooks Pierce proudly supports the career development of its women lawyers, including through the guidance of our Women’s Success Task Force. The Women’s Success Task Force seeks to foster a positive professional environment for women lawyers through the identification and creation of development opportunities to facilitate goal achievement and relationship building.

“We are committed to the career development and retention of women lawyers at Brooks Pierce, as well as helping them pave a path for leadership and success in the legal world and beyond.”

-Elizabeth Spainhour, Chair, Women’s Success Task Force


Elizabeth E. Spainhour, Chair

Melissa W. Bailey

Jennifer Griffin Scotton

Shepard D. O'Connell

Kasi Wahlers Robinson

Craig D. Schauer

Adam P.M. Tarleton

Jennifer K. Van Zant 

Our women lawyers have been honored with the following awards and recognitions:

Recognition in Benchmark Litigation

Top 250 Women in Litigation in Benchmark Litigation

Recognition by Chambers USA

Recognition as “Legal Elite” By Business North Carolina

Recognition in North Carolina Super Lawyers

Named among the “Top 50 Women Attorneys” by North Carolina Super Lawyers

Named among the “40 Leaders Under 40” by Triad Business Journal

Named “Outstanding Women in Business” by Triad Business Journal


Our women lawyers serve in the following leadership capacities in their communities:

Co-Chair, Communications Committee, Sports & Entertainment Law Section, NCBA

Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, NCBA Young Lawyers Division

Board of Directors, Guilford Green Foundation

Chair, GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art

Global Vice Chair, Labour Law Practice Group, Geneva Group International

Volunteer Attorney, Legal Aid of North Carolina Lawyer on the Line Program

Board of Directors, North Star LGBTQ Community Center

Board of Directors, Triangle Family Services

Chair, Young Lawyer’s Committee, NCBA


Additionally, our women lawyers are active members of the following organizations:

Business Women of the Triad

Capital City Lawyers Association

Morehead-Cain Foundation Regional Selection Committee

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys

North Carolina Council of School Attorneys

NCBA Pro Bono Committee

Raleigh Professional Women’s Forum

Women’s White Collar Defense Association


A sampling of initiatives hosted by our Women's Success Task Force, include:

Book club and discussion on First: Sandra Day O’Connor, by Evan Thomas, accompanied by a presentation by Julia Ambrose on her first-hand experience clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Roundtable discussions on pathways to leadership at Brooks Pierce

Lunch and learn program on executive presence

Interactive session on best practices when working with the media