Jennifer Van Zant focuses her practice on complex business litigation — the more complicated, the better. She represents businesses on a wide range of disputes before federal courts and the North Carolina Business Court, and works closely with clients to make paths toward resolution.
Jennifer represents clients in a wide range of complex business disputes, including numerous class action cases and LLC ownership disputes. She thrives in cases that involve complicated legal theories. She has extensive experience representing clients before the North Carolina Business Court and in federal district court.
Jennifer has defended numerous class actions in a wide range of business-related cases. Her experience includes class action suits related to health care, insurance, antitrust and securities.
Jennifer has been widely recognized by her clients and peers for her success in antitrust litigation, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for her work in this area. Jennifer’s antitrust litigation practice includes representation of various industries, such as health care and textiles.
The 2017 Chambers USA guide comments that Jennifer is "'a thoughtful litigator' who is held in high regard for her notable antitrust expertise."
Jennifer represents a variety of health care related organizations in various business disputes. Her experience includes representing health care insurance companies in disputes with providers and participants, and representing a continuing care retirement community in a dispute over enforceability of covenants. She also represents a network of chiropractors in disputes brought by former network participants.
Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Litigation—Securities (Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" 2014 & 2020), Antitrust Litigation (Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" 2015, 2018 & 2021), Bet-the-Company Litigation (Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" 2017), Banking and Finance Litigation, Commercial Litigation (2007-2021) and Antitrust Law (2021)
Named one of North Carolina Lawyer's Weekly "Women of Justice" (2019)
Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Business Litigation (2010-2021); Top 50 Women Lawyers (2012-2021); Top 100 (2012, 2014-2019, 2021); “Rising Star” (2009)
Named one of Triad Business Journal's "Outstanding Women in Business" (2016)
Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition for Business Litigation (2015)
Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Antitrust Litigation (2008-2020)
Recognized by her peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" in Antitrust Law (2010), Litigation (2018, 2020-2021), Appellate (2021) and Young Guns (2008); also permanently recognized in the "Legal Elite Hall of Fame" for Antitrust Law
Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a “Rising Star” (2011-2014), a "Future Star" (2015, 2017), a "Local Litigation Star" in Competition/Antitrust (2017-2021) and Top 250 Women in Litigation (2015-2020)
Member, North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners (2019-present)
Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, North Carolina Bar Association (2010-2011)
Permanent Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
Adjunct Law Professor, Trial Practice, Elon Law School (Spring 2008)
Chair, North Carolina Business Court Rules Committee
Member, Litigation and Antitrust Sections, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Antitrust Section, American Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, BackPack Beginnings (2012-present)
Member, Board of Directors, Joseph Branch Inn of Court (2014-present)
Member, Board of Directors, Presbyterian Counseling Center (2014)
Member, Session, Westminster Presbyterian Church (2013)
"The Perils and Pitfalls of E-Discovery," Speaker, North Carolina Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2007
"How Do I Practice Before the Business Court: A How-To-Guide," Article in Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section newsletter, North Carolina Bar Association, June 2007
"Complex Litigation in the North Carolina Business Court," Speaker, North Carolina Business Court, May 2007
"Students, Employees, Records and Technology: The Diverse Practice of Education Law," Speaker, North Carolina Bar Association, May 2006
"Changes at North Carolina Business Court," March 2006
As a partner at Brooks Pierce and a mom of three very active kids, I am always thinking and I am always solving problems. I think that being a mom makes me a better lawyer. I have a “get it done” approach – I am there when my clients need me and I am there when my family needs me.
When it comes to my practice, I thrive in cases that involve complicated legal theories. I work to understand deeply my clients’ problems and to find unique solutions that others may not find. Outside of Brooks Pierce, I am an avid runner and enjoy running with friends all over Greensboro. I serve on the board of directors for the Presbyterian Counseling Center, BackPack Beginnings, and the Joseph Branch Inn of Court, and am very active at church and at my kids’ school.