Bryan Starrett’s diverse practice includes general business litigation, internal investigations and compliance, and employment law. A former corporate finance and strategy consultant, he enjoys working closely with clients to understand their business operations, goals and challenges.
Bryan works with businesses to identify potential legal issues they may have within their business operations. A graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program and a former Deloitte strategy consultant, Bryan has a deep understanding of operations and finance, and uses his unique experience to counsel his clients. He has designed or led a variety of internal investigations for clients, ranging from matters involving unlawful contracting practices to workplace investigations. He has also worked with ethics and compliance professionals to design and lead internal investigations training for HR and other personnel both domestically and abroad.
Bryan represents clients in all levels of state and federal courts in North Carolina, including the North Carolina Business Court. Bryan has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, including cases involving shareholder rights, antitrust, breaches of contract, covenants not to compete and employment discrimination, wrongful death and constitutional litigation.
Bryan counsels employers and HR professionals on a wide variety of employment related matters, including wage and hour issues, employment contracts and policies, employee privacy matters, and workplace investigations. Bryan also represents employers in all levels of state and federal courts in employment related litigation, including actions involving noncompetition agreements, wage and hour litigation, discrimination actions, and other matters.
Bryan has represented school boards across North Carolina in a variety of matters, including internal investigations, student conduct and discipline issues, privacy compliance, litigation, and compliance with public records laws.
Selected by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Employment Law (2019) and in the Young Guns category (2019)
Recognized as a "Labor and Employment Star" by Benchmark Litigation (2019)
Selected for Benchmark Litigation's "Under 40 Hot List" (2017, 2018)
Recognized by the Triad Business Journal as "Forty Under 40" (2015)
Dillard Fellow, UVA Law
Pre-Law Society Adviser & Guest Lecturer in Constitutional Law, Randolph College (2009-2010)
Adjunct Professor (Business Law), Wake Forest University School of Business (2016-present)
Selectee, North Carolina Bar Leadership Academy, Class of 2015
Member, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (2013 – present)
Adjunct Professor (Employment Law), Elon University School of Law (2013 – 2016)
Chair, Board of Directors, Out of the Garden Project (2014 – present); Member (2011 – present)
Member, Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court (2011 – 2013)
Presenter, Business North Carolina Cybersecurity Roundtable, Raleigh, NC, November 2018.
Presenter, "A Wrench in the Gears: How to Prevent a Data Breach from Disrupting Your Operations & Customer Relationships," mfgCON 2018, Durham, NC, November 14, 2018.
Presenter, "Data Breaches & Cybersecurity," 2018 CFO/CPA Risk Management Conference, Greensboro, NC, October 16, 2018
Presenter, "Data Privacy - A Legal Assessment," CFO Roundtable event, High Point, NC, August 16, 2018
Co-presenter, "You've Been Breached: What Next?," Business North Carolina CEO Summit, Pinehurst, NC, March 27, 2018
Panelist on cybersecurity concerns for entrepreneurs, Greater Women's Business Council's POP Too! Conference, Raleigh, NC, March 9, 2017
Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Raleigh Social Media Marketing Meetup, Raleigh, NC, January 18, 2017
Co-presenter (with Thomas Varnum), "Digital Marketing Blues," Internet Summit, Raleigh, NC, November 16, 2016
Presenter, “Digital Media and Marketing,” UNC Festival of Legal Learning, February 14, 2015
Presenter, “Responding to a Data Breach,” Banking Security Summit, North Carolina Bankers Association, October 16, 2014
Presenter, Digital Legal & Compliance 101 Panel Discussion, North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, June 24, 2014
Presenter, “Tax Consequences of Lobbying and Political Advocacy,” North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, May 2014
Panelist, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, ABA Forum on Communications Law, April 2014
Co-author, “Commercial Free TV and Aereo: What Lies Ahead for Content Owners in the Wake of the Ninth Circuit’s AutoHop Decision,” Communications Lawyer, November 2013
Co-author, “Prior Restraint 2.0: A Framework for Applying Section 230 to Online Journalism,” 1 Wake Forest J.L.& Pol'y 75, May 2011
Co-author, “Supreme Court Rocks Campaign Finance Boat,” Triad Business Journal, 2010
Moderator, “Recent Developments in Election Law,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2013
Panelist, “Copyright and the Internet: Giving Broadcasters the Cold Shoulder?” American Bar Association, Representing Your Local Broadcaster, April 2013
Presenter, “Citizens United and Corporate Political Speech: New Opportunities and Obstacles,” North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association, October 2010
Presenter, “Indemnification, Attorneys’ Fees and Arbitration Provisions in Contracts,” North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, February 2010
During my work in corporate finance and corporate strategy consulting, I frequently encountered how the law can affect both short-term business decisions and long-term strategic planning. I witnessed firsthand how the legal landscape informs (or fails to inform) business decisions. Now at Brooks Pierce, I enjoy helping my clients navigate their legal problems and the business context in which those problems have arisen. Oftentimes, we are called on to solve problems that have already come to light—to “put out a fire.” While I enjoy solving those problems, I particularly relish figuring out how to prevent those “legal fires” in the first place.
Outside of my practice at Brooks Pierce, I’m very involved with Out of the Garden Project, a local nonprofit that provides food assistance for families in Guilford County. I’ve served on the board of directors since 2011, and really enjoy using my corporate and legal experiences to help the organization better serve our community. When I’m not practicing law or volunteering, I enjoy playing competitive sports, watching Wake Forest basketball (Go Deacs!), and spending time with my two daughters.