Sue has significant experience representing clients in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and other strategic transactions. She has represented both buyers and sellers and public and private companies. Sue negotiates and drafts transaction documents, including merger agreements, asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, and related transactional documents.

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Sue has extensive experience serving as general corporate counsel to businesses in a wide variety of industries. She provides legal advice on issues including organizational structure, equity and debt financing, investments, joint ventures and similar arrangements, succession planning, corporate governance, commercial disputes, executive compensation, employment agreements, supply and distribution agreements, license agreements, and other general business and contractual matters.

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Utilizing her background in accounting and deep understanding of finance, Sue represents businesses and individuals as borrowers, as well as financial institutions and individuals as lenders, in complex financing arrangements. Her work focuses on the structuring and documentation of secured and unsecured lending transactions. She also works with companies on raising capital and issuing equity interests, and provides counsel on investment transactions.

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Sue has worked with several public companies on regulatory filings such as 10Ks, 10Qs and proxy statements. She also advises companies on disclosure requirements and corporate governance issues.

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A former accountant, Sue advises businesses and individuals on a variety of tax matters. 

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Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) as a “Rising Star” in Banking Law (2013)

Received High Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (1999)

Member, Board of Directors, Triangle Family Services

Past Board Chair and Past Board Member, Heartstrings Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Wake County Bar Association

Chair (2008); Vice Chair (2007), Business Women of the Triad

Panelist, "Take a Walk on the Buy-Side," GGI Pan-American Regional Conference, Houston, TX, June 2019

Co-presenter (with Beth Langley and Adam Tarleton), "What CEOs Need to Know Now from an Outside General Counsel," Business NC CEO Summit, Pinehurst, NC, April 2019

Co-presenter (with Elizabeth Spainhour), "Managing Risk in Contract Drafting and Negotiation," Association of Corporate Counsel CLE, Raleigh, NC, December 2018

Co-author (with Reid Phillips), "Is It Time For Your Company To Hire In-House Counsel?" Business North Carolina Law Journal, September 2018 

My favorite virtue: Honesty

What I appreciate the most in my friends: Honesty, loyalty and laughter

The natural talent I'd like to be gifted with: Singing. I love karaoke, but unfortunately it does not love me. 

My motto: Life is short so do what makes you happy and what allows you to lay your head down peacefully at night.

I grew up in: Wisconsin. Yes, it is very cold; and yes, I love the Green Bay Packers.

When my client wants to get a deal done, my job is to get what my client wants. I like the challenge of figuring out how to put the pieces together to make that happen.

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April 23, 2019

Brooks Pierce Partners Speak at Business North Carolina CEO Summit

Brooks Pierce partners Beth Langley, Adam Tarleton and Sue Young recently spoke at the Business North Carolina CEO Summit, held April 1 and 2 at Pinehurst Resort. Langley, Tarleton and Young’s presentation, entitled “What CEOs Need to Know Now from an Outside General Counsel,” provided an overview...Read more


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