Colleen L. Byers

100 N Cherry St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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Colleen L. Byers

Colleen Byers facilitates difficult conversations to help families, businesses and individuals solve legal problems. Colleen's practice includes guardianship, trust, estate and fiduciary disputes, business and employment matters, collaborative divorce, and alternative dispute resolution.

Colleen began practicing law in 2008 with Bell, Davis & Pitt shortly after moving to Winston-Salem.  She has experience handling a wide range of disputes. Colleen regularly represents individuals, families, small businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations in contract, employment, corporate, professional negligence, estate, trust, guardianship, and fiduciary disputes. Colleen has experience negotiating the resolution of the following types of matters outside of court:

  • Collaborative divorce and family law
  • Business divorce
  • Dissolution of family-owned business
  • Trust, estate and fiduciary disputes

Colleen also has experience with:

  • Mediation 
  • Fiduciary litigation arising out of disputes involving trusts, estates or abuses of powers of attorney
  • Representing individuals in incompetency and guardianship proceedings
  • Contested estate proceedings and special proceedings before the Clerk of Court
  • Will caveats
  • Contested elective share claims
  • Cases involving trade secrets, confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • Employment contract review
  • Professional malpractice avoidance and defense

She has represented parties in cases pending in federal and state courts of North Carolina, including the North Carolina Business Court.  After about a decade in practice, Colleen became trained in the Civil Collaborative Law process in order to assist her clients with crafting resolutions of their disputes in an empowering and respectful way. Colleen actively advocates for the adoption of collaborative law in North Carolina. She recently served as a featured guest on a Business North Carolina podcast about the recently passed Uniform Collaborative Law Act. 

When she is not representing one of the parties, Colleen is privileged to serve as a neutral facilitator where she provides a space for parties to resolve their conflicts through mediation as a Superior Court Mediator, certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.  Colleen is also certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission in the Clerk Mediation Program, which allows her to mediate estate, guardianship and other matters pending before the Clerk of Court.

Colleen has a passion for serving her community and advancing the profession. She has served on the advisory board of the Chamber of Commerce’s Winston < 40 and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.  Colleen has proudly served as president of the board of directors of the Forsyth  Humane Society and president of the Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association.

Colleen regularly speaks at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars about the connection between mindfulness and effective lawyering. She was also recently interviewed on The Human Lawyer podcast on the topic.

Colleen enjoys yoga, running, hiking and spending time with her husband, Sean, and their daughters.  Colleen is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) and enjoys sharing the benefits of yoga with others.  Colleen gratefully counts her blessings each day.


Creighton University B.A., summa cum laude, 2005

Creighton University M.B.A., 2008

Creighton University J.D., cum laude, 2008 

Bar & Court Admittance

2008, North Carolina

United States District Court for the Western, Eastern and Middle District of North Carolina

Professional & Community Activities


Global Collaborative Law Council

North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association (NCCCLA)

BarCARES, Board of Directors

North Carolina Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Committee

Guardian ad Litem (GAL) for the Children's Law Center

Forsyth County Bar Association


Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, Advisory Council

Chamber of Commerce Winston < 40, Advisory Board

North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Young Lawyer's Division, Chair

Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association, President 

Forsyth Humane Society Board of Directors, Chair

Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court


Speaking & Writing

Featured guest on Business North Carolina podcast about collaborative law (Sept. 2020)

Featured guest on The Human Lawyer Podcast (January 2020)

"Breathe: Put Your Own Oxygen Mask On First" CLE Presentation, Children's Law Center (January 2020)

“Trending Now: Gray Divorce Issues … You’ve Been Married How Long and Now You Want a Divorce?” Co-Presenter, CLE Presentation at Complex Emerging Issues in Family Law (Family Law Intensive), North Carolina Bar Association (November 2019 and January 2020)

"Practical Techniques for Being the Calm within the Storm,” CLE Presentation, North Carolina Bar Association and North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association (June 2019 and January 2020)

"Negotiation Skills and Effective Advocacy in Mediation and Arbitration," Co-Presenter, CLE Presentation, Forsyth County Bar Association (July 2019)

“Thrive: Creating Well-being Amidst the Challenges of Lawyering and Life,” Co-Presenter, CLE Presentation, Wake County Bar Association (Feb. 2019)

“Hindsight is Always 50/50: Common mistakes and pitfalls across various practice areas,” CLE Presentation, Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (Feb. 2018)

Guardianship in North Carolina of Elderly Family Members, Whitepaper (July 2017)

“Wrestling the E-Discovery Alligator,” Co-Presenter, CLE Presentation, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (Aug. 2016)


2020 Lawyer of the Year, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law (2020)

Best Lawyers in America® (2020)

Business North Carolina magazine Legal Elite, Young Guns (2016, 2017, 2018)

North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2016, 2017, 2018)

Chamber of Commerce Winston < 40 Leadership Award (2017)