Brooks Pierce managing partner Reid Phillips was honored by the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) with its 2019 Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. Public Service Award (Lake Service Award). The award was presented at the NCBA’s annual meeting in Asheville, North Carolina.
The Lake Service Award recognizes an outstanding lawyer who performed exemplary public service in their community and made significant contributions to the legal profession, legal education or other legal institution. Phillips was nominated by the Past Presidents' Council and he was unanimously selected by the NCBA Board of Governors.
Phillips focuses his practice on litigation, primarily for large companies facing complex business disputes. He was named managing partner of Brooks Pierce in 2016. A lawyer for more than 40 years, he has given much of his time to the advancement of the legal profession. Over his career, he has served as a member of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners and chair of the NCBA’s Strategic Planning and Emerging Trends Committee. He has chaired the NCBA’s Young Lawyers Division and served on the association’s board of governors and executive committee as well as the North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee. He also served as president of the Greensboro Bar Association. He was recently elected as a vice president of the NCBA Board of Governors.
An active member of the community, Phillips served as chairman of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and as the chairman of the LeBauer Park steering committee. In addition, he served as chair of the War Memorial Commission and was a member of the board of directors for the Weatherspoon Art Museum Association.
Phillips has received numerous awards and recognitions. Last year he was awarded Leadership Greensboro’s Denise E. Maleska Leadership Service Award and the Greensboro Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2017, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly named him one of its “Leaders in the Law.” He has also been recognized numerous times by The Best Lawyers in America, North Carolina Super Lawyers, Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite,” Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation.