For decades, Dan has been considered one of the most accomplished labor and employment lawyers in North Carolina, especially in litigation matters. He represented companies in more than 100 labor and employment civil suits in federal and state courts and in more than 150 labor arbitration hearings. He appeared in oral arguments in 15 cases before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and also appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court.

After law school, Dan worked for the National Labor Relations Board’s regional office in Winston-Salem before coming to Brooks Pierce in 1971. He developed his practice in employment law by working alongside Thornton Brooks, who was known at the time as one of the leading employment lawyers in North Carolina. Dan was able to see the development of EEOC and civil rights regulations in real time, which shaped his understanding of the myriad implications these regulations have for employers. Dan used that understanding to counsel employers on avoiding claims of discrimination claims and unfair labor practices.

He also used his background knowledge of the NLRB to represent employers facing unfair labor practice charges brought by unions and employees. He counseled employers on union organization campaigns, union avoidance strategies, and drafting and negotiating union contracts. His experience covered a wide variety of industries, including food service, transportation, tobacco production, manufacturing, and telecommunications.

Dan has been honored multiple times for his contributions to labor and employment law. He was regularly ranked in The Best Lawyers in America©, Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and North Carolina Super Lawyers for his excellent client service. He was honored with a fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also received the Jonathan R. Harkavy Award from the Labor and Employment Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2010, making him only the third lawyer to receive the award for overall contributions to labor and employment law. In 2016, the Wake Forest Law Review named its annual banquet after Dan, honoring his contributions to his alma mater and the legal profession as a whole.

Dan has been active in professional and community service during his career. He served on the Development Committee for the North Carolina Bar Foundation and as the Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section for the North Carolina Bar Association. He also served as legal counsel and an Executive Committee member for the United Way of Greater Greensboro. Dan has been a member of the Wake Forest Law School Board of Visitors since 1999, and previously served on their Law Alumni Council.

Recognized as a "Labor and Employment Star" by Benchmark Litigation (2019, 2020)

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Litigation - Labor and Employment (Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" 2019), Employment Law – Management, and Labor Law - Management (1993-2020)

Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Employment and Labor Law (2006-2020) and Top 100 (2006, 2008-2009, 2012-2015) 

Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition in Employment & Labor Law (2015)

Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Labor and Employment Law (2004-2020)

Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star" in Labor and Employment Law (2017-2019)

Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" in Labor and Employment (2002, 2004-2007, 2009, 2011-2014)

Jonathan R. Harkavy Award - Received from the Labor and Employment Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2010 (third lawyer to receive the award for overall contributions to labor and employment law)

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Employment Law Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association

Development Committee, North Carolina Bar Foundation (2006 – present)

Legal Counsel and Executive Committee member, United Way of Greater Greensboro (2011-present)

Chair, Wake Forest Law School Law Alumni Council (1996-97)

Member, Wake Forest Law School Board of Visitors (1999 – present)

Chair, North Carolina Labor & Employment Law Section (1987-88)

Virtues I most respect: the ability to listen, patience, and dedication to doing a superb job

My occupation if I wasn’t a lawyer: sports writer 

The best thing about Brooks Pierce: The firm’s ability to attract bright and dedicated persons who have high personal and professional standards.  

My heroes in real life: Thornton Brooks, my mentor and the best labor and employment lawyer in North Carolina; and my father, whose ability to relate to and get along with others was unparalleled. 

I feel I’m one of the luckiest people in the world because I had the opportunity to work under Thornton Brooks. Thornton was acknowledged as the leading employment and labor lawyer in the state, and I am honored to have practiced law with him on a daily basis for almost 20 years.

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Recognitions

Eight Brooks Pierce practice areas and 18 of the firm’s attorneys are ranked among the best in...(read more)
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Forty-four Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 edition of North Carolina Super...(read more)
Brooks Pierce has been named a “Highly Recommended” law firm for general litigation and “...(read more)
The 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 55 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Seven Brooks Pierce practice areas and 21 of the firm’s attorneys are ranked among the best in...(read more)
Thirty-eight Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 edition of North Carolina...(read more)
Brooks Pierce has been named a “Highly Recommended” law firm in North Carolina in the 2018 edition...(read more)
The 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 54 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Thirty-eight Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2017 edition of North Carolina...(read more)
Brooks Pierce has been named a “Highly Recommended” law firm in North Carolina in the 2017 edition...(read more)
The 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 50 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
17 attorneys and six practice areas are recognized in the 2016 law firm guide Six Brooks Pierce...(read more)
Thirty-six Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2016 edition of North Carolina Super...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 26 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2015...(read more)
The 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © recognized 48 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
13 attorneys and six practice areas are recognized in the 2015 law firm guide (Greensboro, N.C.)...(read more)
Thirty-six Brooks Pierce attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of North Carolina Super...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 27 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2014...(read more)
Brooks Pierce recently recognized the firm’s attorneys who made significant contributions to pro...(read more)
The 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© recognized 46 Brooks Pierce attorneys as industry...(read more)
Seven Brooks Pierce practice areas and 14 of the firm’s attorneys are ranked among the best in...(read more)
Business North Carolina magazine publishes annually the “Legal Elite,” lawyers throughout the state...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 39 lawyers, representing 46% of the firm’s attorneys,...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 46 lawyers were...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2013 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Business North Carolina magazine publishes annually the "Legal Elite," lawyers throughout the state...(read more)
Kearns Davis has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Greensboro Criminal Defense: White-Collar "...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 45 lawyers,...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2012 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is pleased to announce that 38 lawyers, representing 43% of the firm’s attorneys,...(read more)
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to announce that 34 lawyers,...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2011 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Business North Carolina Business North Carolina magazine publishes annually the " Legal Elite " -...(read more)
The Best Lawyers in America Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP is pleased to...(read more)
Brooks Pierce is ranked among the best law firms in North Carolina in the 2009 edition of Chambers...(read more)
Nine Brooks Pierce attorneys were selected by their peers to North Carolina's Legal Elite 2009 ,...(read more)
Eighteen Brooks Pierce Attorneys Named as North Carolina Super Lawyers Brooks, Pierce, McLendon,...(read more)
Three attorneys recognized in "Top 100" North Carolina Super Lawyers Brooks Pierce is pleased to...(read more)

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