Brooks Pierce managing partner Reid Phillips was awarded the 2018 Denise E. Maleska Leadership Service Award by Leadership Greensboro. Each year, the award is given to one person who demonstrates exemplary leadership in the Greensboro community.
“I’m honored to be recognized for my volunteer work for the great city of Greensboro,” Phillips said. “As a longtime resident, I see it as the duty of each one of us to do what we can to help Greensboro grow and thrive. I have been lucky to have been involved, with others, in projects that I believe will make our city strong and prosperous for our citizens, now and in the future.”
Since the 1970’s, Phillips has provided his leadership and time to various organizations. He recently finished a two-year term as chairman of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and also chaired the steering committee for the $10 million LeBauer Park, which opened in in downtown Greensboro in 2016. He has also chaired the War Memorial Commission, which oversees the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, and served on the fundraising and planning committees for the Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. Phillips has also held leadership roles with the Greensboro Metropolitan YMCA, the Kathleen Price Bryan Family YMCA, the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Greensboro Community Resource Board and the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art. He has also donated his time to more than a dozen local political campaigns and bond referendums dating back to the 1970s.
Based in the firm’s Greensboro office, Phillips has been practicing law for 40 years, with a focus on litigation, primarily for large companies and business owners facing complex business disputes. He became managing partner of the firm in 2016.
“Reid is a true example of the great things Greensboro can accomplish with leaders with a strong vision, a cooperative spirit and the willingness to give unselfishly of their time and talents,” said Walker Sanders, president of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and Phillips’ nominator. “He has contributed so much to our community and I’m glad he’s getting recognition for all of the great work he has done on behalf of the residents of Greensboro.”