Colleen Byers awarded 2017 Winston Under 40 Leadership Award

The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce through their young professionals program, Winston Under 40, has named Colleen Byers as one of the 20 winners of over 150 nominations for the Winston Under 40 Leadership Award.  This award recognizes outstanding young professionals who are actively influencing the growth, prosperity, and quality of life in the community.  Colleen goes above and beyond in all that she does and is able to advance her profession, represent her clients, give back to her community, and find time to enjoy her family. 

After earning a joint JD/MBA degree from Creighton University in 2008, Colleen began her career as an associate attorney with Bell Davis & Pitt.  In January of 2015, she was elected to become a Director (partner).  She took the lead in the firm's electronic discovery practice and had attended seminars and training to develop and implement internal procedures and processes for the firm's electronic discovery protocols.  She chairs Bell Davis & Pitt’s Technology Committee so that the firm can strategically analyze and position themselves competitively in the future.  She has developed a blog and written a white paper about North Carolina's Guardianship law to better assist her clients who are dealing with these family issues.

In addition to being an integral part of Bell Davis & Pitt, she is also very involved in the community.  Currently, Colleen serves on the campaign cabinet for the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Forsyth Humane Society, including two years as President.  She led the Forsyth Humane Society through a major executive leadership transition and assisted in the strategic planning for a multi-million-dollar capital campaign to lay the foundation for a new building and a new location.  She also previously served on the Advisory Board and as Secretary of Winston < 40.

Colleen is a member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys for which she just concluded a one year term as chair of the Young Lawyers Division, and she previously served a one year term as vice chair as well.  Colleen currently serves as vice chair of the Women Litigators Committee of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys.  Also, she is a member and Past President (2015) of the Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association and a member of the NC Business Court Rules Committee.  She has been awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star and recognized in Legal Elite for her outstanding service to the legal community.