Colleen L. Byers

100 N Cherry St, Suite 600
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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Colleen L. Byers

Colleen Byers concentrates her practice in the areas of guardianship, trust, estate and fiduciary litigation, employment matters, 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 and corporations, in contract, employment, corporate, professional negligence, estate, trust, guardianship, and fiduciary disputes. Colleen has experience with:

  • 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 complex electronic discovery issues and forensic analysis of electronically stored information (ESI)
  • Cases involving trade secrets, confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
  • Healthcare employment contract review
  • Severance Agreements
  • Professional malpractice avoidance and defense
  • Collaborative law
  • Mediation 

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.  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 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


BarCARES, Board of Directors

Forsyth County Bar Association

North Carolina Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Committee

North Carolina Civil Collaborative Law Association (NCCCLA)

Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

Children's Law Center, volunteer


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

Chair, Young Lawyer's Division, NCADA

Advisory board, Chamber of Commerce's Winston < 40

President, Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association 

Chair, Forsyth Humane Society Board of Directors

Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court

Speaking & Writing

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


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


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)