An experienced trial and appellate attorney, Reid Phillips represents large companies and business owners in complex business disputes, including professional malpractice claims, defense of class action lawsuits, and defense of serious personal injury and death claims.
Reid represents businesses and business owners before federal and state courts in complex litigation involving contracts, securities, antitrust, unfair competition, copyright and trademark infringement, and non-compete agreements. His recent experience includes the successful defense of shareholder, customer and employee class action lawsuits in retail, banking and manufacturing businesses.
The 2019 Chambers USA guide states that "Reid Phillips...possesses particular experience in class action defense, among other areas of practice. A peer notes, ‘He’s a great trial lawyer.’”
Reid has experience representing legal and accounting professionals in professional liability litigation.
Reid represents banks, business owners and investors in state and federal court litigation and arbitration related to banking, securities and antitrust issues. He has consistently been recognized by top industry publications, including The Best Lawyers in America© and Benchmark Litigation, for his litigation success in these areas.
Reid defends railroads and product manufacturers before state and federal courts in wrongful death, serious personal injury and products liability claims.
As managing partner of Brooks Pierce, Reid is responsible for the strategic leadership and overall management of the firm.
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2003-present)
Winner of the Denise E. Maleska Leadership Service Award, Leadership Greensboro (2018)
Winner of the Distinguished Service Award, Greensboro Bar Association (2018)
Listed in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly's "Leaders in the Law" (2017)
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Litigation, and Intellectual Property Litigation (1999-2020); Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" in Banking & Finance Litigation (2015, 2017, 2019)
Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Business Litigation (2006-2019); Top 100 (2008-2010, 2013-2015, 2018)
Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition for Business Litigation (2015)
Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" in Litigation (2006, 2012-2015)
Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Litigation: General Commercial (2008-2019)
Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star" in Antitrust, General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Product Liability and Securities Law (2016-2020)
Vice President, North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors (2019-Present)
Chair, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (2015-2017)
Chair, War Memorial Commission (Greensboro Coliseum Complex) (2014 – 2015)
Chair, LeBauer Park Steering Committee (2013 – 2016)
Member, North Carolina Board of Law Examiners (2011-2013)
Chair, Greensboro Metropolitan YMCA (2005-07)
Member, Board of Directors, Weatherspoon Art Museum Association (2009 – 2015)
Master, Joseph Branch Inn of Court
Chair, Strategic Planning and Emerging Trends Committee, North Carolina Bar Association (2006-2008)
Director, Greensboro Bar Association (1992-93, 2004-06)
President, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art (1997-98)
Presenter, "Evolution of a Firm," GGI Best Practices Conference, Quebec City, Canada, October 2018
Co-author (with Susan Young), "Is It Time For Your Company To Hire In-House Counsel?" Business North Carolina Law Journal, September 2018
Presenter, "Civil Motions - Law Update and Practice Pointers," CLE presentation, American College of Trial Lawyers NC Chapter meeting, Charleston, SC, March 2018
Presenter, "Discovery Limits: Protective Orders and Motions in Limine," CLE for Legal Aid attorneys, Greensboro, NC, November 2017
Francis Quarles: “I see no virtue where I smell no sweat.”
From my parents, I learned the virtue of hard work. From my mentors at Brooks Pierce, I learned that diligence and persistence, knowledge of the law, and careful preparation wins cases. I apply those things to every matter I handle so that, at the conclusion, I can always look back and know that the best possible result was achieved for our clients.
I am fortunate to live in a wonderful community. One of the things I enjoy doing outside of Brooks Pierce is helping Greensboro grow and develop in the ways that will make it always a great place to work, play and enjoy our families. Some of my favorite experiences have been my work on behalf of the Community Foundation, the War Memorial (Greensboro Coliseum) Commission, LeBauer Park, the Greensboro Aquatics Center and Haw River State Park. Through each of those experiences, I've seen our community do great things.