Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP
Bryan Starrett has a unique background as a litigator, employment lawyer, and in-house generalist for a new public company. This combination of experience gives Bryan an invaluable perspective for understanding how a legal issue fits within clients’ business operations and goals, and how to provide thoughtful and practical counsel to clients.
In his litigation practice, Bryan 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.
Clients appreciate Bryan’s ability to help them navigate legal risks within the context of their business goals and finding practical legal solutions that support their business objectives. He is a true partner and counselor, understanding firsthand the responsibility and pressures of legal issues within a company.
In addition to using his combination of legal and business experience to help clients, Bryan also works as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest Business School where he helps business students identify, understand, and learn how to navigate the legal environment of the businesses in which they work.
Bryan brings a unique perspective to internal investigations, working with businesses to identify and proactively address potential legal issues they may have within their operations.
He has designed or led internal investigations on matters ranging from unlawful contracting practices to workplace investigations, as well as on more sensitive matters at the request of the board of directors. Additionally, he has designed internal investigation protocols for two public companies and trained human resource professionals at those companies on how to follow the procedure.
Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in Employment Litigation: Defense (2019)
Selected for Benchmark Litigation's "Under 40 Hot List" (2017, 2018)
Recognized as a "Labor and Employment Star" by Benchmark Litigation (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 by the Triad Business Journal as "Forty Under 40" (2015)