Brooks Pierce Presents for UNC School of Law Office of Career Development


Brooks Pierce attorneys Anna Tison, Claire O’Brien and Greg Gaught participated in a panel discussion hosted by the University of North Carolina School of Law’s Career Development Office on Jan. 12. The panel was moderated by Shannon DeGennaro, Brooks Pierce’s director of recruiting and professional development.

The panel, “Mid-Law v. Big Law,” discussed the differences between "Mid Law" and "Big Law,” including billable hours, practice groups, professional development and mentorship, and resources.

Tison represents buyers, sellers, developers, lenders and investors in complex commercial real estate transactions. She provides counsel in financing, joint ventures, leasing, acquisitions and dispositions of real estate. Tison is an alumna of the University of North Carolina School of Law.

O’Brien counsels clients on a wide range of health care issues, including compliance with federal and state regulations and day-to-day operations of health care facilities. She has significant experience advising on regulatory compliance across a broad range of industries, including counseling companies and individuals on interactions with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Advertising Division. O’Brien is an alumna of the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Gaught helps clients resolve disputes, whether through arbitration proceedings, trial courts or appellate courts. His experience spans the spectrum, from business disputes to complex class actions to controversies implicating constitutional and criminal law issues.

DeGennaro is responsible for all aspects of law school and lateral recruiting and hiring, including conducting outreach and programming at top law schools to bring the best legal talent to the Brooks Pierce. DeGennaro also oversees the summer associate program and associate integration. She brings her experience in professional development, career counseling and coaching to the firm’s associate development programs.

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