Brooks Pierce

2000 Renaissance Plaza
230 North Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401, United States
Phone: (336) 373-8850
Fax: (336) 378-1001
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Education
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Privacy
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • North Carolina
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

NC Supreme Court Reinforces Need for Precision in Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Bringing a trade secret misappropriation claim in North Carolina may not be as easy as you think. In Krawiec v. Manly, the North Carolina Supreme Court recently made clear that any company seeking to protect its trade secrets…more
 /  Intellectual Property

North Carolina Legislative Update - May, 2018

May is a busy month for elections and government in North Carolina. Primary elections were held for certain federal, state and local offices on May 8th and Legislators return to Raleigh on May 16th for their 2018 session…more
 /  Elections & Politics

New Salary History Bans Change Hiring Practices

Over the past year, numerous state and local governments across the U.S. have enacted salary history bans. Generally, these laws ban employers and recruiters from asking an applicant about their current or past salary, which may…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Of Course I Meant to Send the Email, But Not to the Criminal - Court Rules that Companies Have a Duty to Train Employees on Cybersecurity Practices

With the April 17 tax deadline fast approaching, businesses need to remain vigilant for employee reports (or more likely questions) about fraudulent tax returns being filed in their names. Multiple employee reports of fraudulent…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

The Business of Being a Pro Gamer: Four Ways to Protect Your Value

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, how you invest your resources is a crucial part of a team’s winning strategy. Players must decide what utility to buy, when to upgrade, when to resort back to pistols to save up for future…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Business Organizations

NC Business Court: Choice Of Law Dooms Trade Secrets Claim

What choice of law rule applies to trade secrets claims? No North Carolina appellate court has answered that question, but Judge Robinson of the NC Business Court stepped into that breach in his Opinion in SciGrip v. Osae, 2018…more
 /  Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

"Holding All The Cards" And Fiduciary Duty Claims

It is hard to base your case on a breach of fiduciary duty when there is a contract in place between the parties. Contracting parties owe no special duties to each other beyond the terms of the contract…more
 /  Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts

A Case Doesn't Have To Be "Complex" To Be Designated To The NC Business Court

The North Carolina Business Court sent a message to all lawyers practicing in the Business Court last week in Barclift v. Martin, 2018 NCBC 5. Judge Gale said in the ruling that: The Court is publishing this Order & Opinion…more
 /  Business Torts, Civil Procedure

You Don't Want Your Confidentiality Agreement Evaluated Like A Non-Compete Agreement

You probably think that you can avoid having a confidentiality agreement struck down by an NC court because it doesn't have to meet the stricter standard applied to non-compete agreements. The NC Business Court's Opinion this…more
 /  Business Torts, Commercial Law & Contracts

NC Business Court Approves Another Disclosure Only Class Action Settlement

Judge Gale's approval last week of a class action settlement, in In re Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, 2018 NCBC 1 gives me another opportunity to rail against disclosure only settlements. You know that I…more
 /  Business Organizations, Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies

Second Circuit Affirms “Fractional Licensing” Decision

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that the ASCAP and BMI antitrust consent decrees do not prohibit “fractional licensing” of songs. Fractional licensing means that if there are non-ASCAP or non-BMI songwriters…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, International Law & Trade

NC Business Court On Conversion Of Electronic Data

The Defendant in SQL Sentry, LLC v. ApexSQL, LLC, 2017 NCBC 105 was alleged to have copied the Plaintiff's software program which was designed to make "resource intensive T-SQL queries. . . in the Microsoft enterprise database…more
 /  Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

NC Business Court Stretches NCRCP 14 to Allow New Third Party Defendants To Be Added Years After The Commencement Of Litigation

The North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure are fairly identical to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. In fact, I am hard pressed to think of any substantial differences…more
 /  Business Organizations, Business Torts, Civil Procedure

North Carolina Legislative Update - October, 2017 #2

North Carolina Legislators finished up what is expected to be the last in a series of 2017 "special sessions" this week. The General Assembly overrode Governor Cooper's veto of S656, a bill that will cancel North Carolina's…more
 /  Elections & Politics

“Haters Gonna Hate, Hate . . . .”  Can Taylor Swift “Shake it Off”?

On September 18, 2017, songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler filed a lawsuit against Taylor Swift in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Hall and Butler are the co-authors of the 2000…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property
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