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.
Bryan has also worked with ethics and compliance professionals to design and lead internal investigations training for HR and other personnel both domestically and abroad. Most recently he participated in a six-month secondment with a Fortune 250 company, executing compliance training and providing employment counsel to the company's human resources, legal, and executive departments.
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.
Some of Bryan's representative experience includes:
- Representation of an insurance marketing organization in a lawsuit alleging breach of contract and fraud against approximately 35 of the organization's former insurance agents.
- Representation of a major North Carolina municipality against legislation that purported to withdraw from the municipality and its citizens the right to choose the structure of their government by means of petitions for initiative and referendum.
- Representation of the CEO of a large state-wide health system in an antitrust action alleging unfair suppression of employment opportunities between competing health systems.
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. He trains employers and provides counsel on ensuring compliance with employment laws and risk management strategies.
Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in Employment Litigation: Defense (2019)
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 – 2018); Member (2011 – present)
Member, Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court (2011 – 2013)
Co-author (with Bill Cary and Beth Langley), “If You Have Employees Who Live or Work in Massachusetts, You Need to Relearn Non-Competes Right Now,” GGI Insider, September 2018
Moderator, "Right Rules: A Conversation with Kellye Gordon," Wake Forest University BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, October 2017
"Legal Claims Arising in the World of the Internet," Greensboro Bar Association, February 2013
"Legal Landmines of Social Media: The Latest Issues Facing Employers," Greensboro Public Library Foundation, February 2012
Tinker’s Facebook Profile: A New Test for Protecting Student Cyber Speech, 14 Va. J.L. & Tech. 212 (2009)
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.