Brooks Pierce Welcomes Former Partner Back to the Firm


Leading North Carolina law firm Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that Bryan Starrett has rejoined the firm as partner based in the Greensboro office. Starrett was at Brooks Pierce for nine years before leaving the firm in 2019 to serve as in-house counsel for a newly formed public company. While there, he helped to establish the company’s legal department, creating processes, practices and policies for the company’s legal operations and providing a wide variety of counsel on employment, ethics and compliance, commercial, procurement, litigation and other areas.

“We are excited to welcome Bryan back to Brooks Pierce,” said Reid Phillips, the firm’s managing partner. “The experience and insight he gained over the last few years working in-house for a publicly traded company brings a valuable perspective to our clients.”

Starrett has served as a litigator, employment lawyer and in-house generalist, experience that provides him with unique insights into how a legal issue might impact a client’s business operations and goals. In his litigation practice, he represents clients in all levels of state and federal courts in North Carolina, including the North Carolina Business Court. He has represented clients in matters involving shareholder rights, corporate governance, antitrust, breaches of contract, covenants not to compete, employment discrimination, personal and business torts and constitutional litigation.

Throughout his career, Starrett has received ample recognition for his work. He has been recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in Employment Litigation: Defense in 2019, and he was selected by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Employment Law and the Young Guns category in 2019. He was recognized as a "Labor and Employment Star" by Benchmark Litigation in 2019 and selected for Benchmark Litigation's "Under 40 Hot List" in 2017 and 2018. In 2015, he was recognized by the Triad Business Journal as one of its "Forty Under 40."

Starrett also serves as an adjunct professor of business law at Wake Forest University School of Business and previously served as adjunct professor of employment law at Elon University School of Law.

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