A seasoned civil litigator with extensive business and legal experience, Colleen Byers, JD, MBA, now primarily focuses on mediating in the areas of complex business litigation, commercial and employment, professional liability, and trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation to help companies, families, and individuals solve their complex legal problems outside the courtroom. Colleen’s conflict resolution approach weaves together practical business insight, active listening, and strategic foresight. Colleen leverages more than a decade of litigation experience to help people, whether business owners or families, settle legal disputes quickly, effectively, and creatively.

As an active mediator with a client-centered approach, Colleen challenges parties to explore options and guides them to have productive conversations that lead to resolution. Colleen’s ability to translate complex legal issues into clear and understandable concepts resonates with even the most emotionally volatile parties. Her empathetic approach puts clients at ease during an otherwise stressful time.

Colleen’s training as a trauma-informed, registered yoga teacher also influences her unique mediation style. Applying yoga and mindfulness principles to her mediation practice, Colleen effectively de-escalates conflict and guides parties to expand their perspectives and achieve settlement outcomes. Colleen’s role as a mother, wife, and community leader also provides her with ample opportunity to practice her conflict resolution and communication skills.

In addition to mediation, Colleen regularly speaks and facilitates workshops and trainings ​​on effective communication skills, negotiation techniques, emotional intelligence (EQ), empathy, and mindfulness. Colleen guides lawyers and law firm leaders to skillfully navigate difficult conversations to improve business relationships, enhance culture, and drive operational performance.

Colleen resides in North Carolina.

Expertise Areas
  • B.A., Creighton University, 2005
  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law, 2008
  • MBA, Business Administration, Creighton University, 2008
  • Court Admissions
  • North Carolina
  • Western District of North Carolina
  • Middle District of North Carolina
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Representative Experience
    Experience overview:
    Colleen has experience mediating complex commercial, business, employment, professional liability, trust, estate, and fiduciary disputes.
  • NC DRC Certified Superior Court Mediator
  • NC DRC Certified Estate, Guardianship, and Special Proceedings Mediator
  • NC DRC Certified Family Financial Mediator
  • Trained in Civil Collaborative Law
  • Trained in Insight Mediation
  • Legal Employment
  • Attorney & Mediator, Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A., Aug 2008 - Jul 2021
  • Research Assistant, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Feb 2008 - Apr 2008
  • Business Intern, infoUSA, May 2007 - Aug 2007
  • Law Clerk, Walentine O'Toole McQuillan & Gordon, May 2006 - Nov 2006
  • Intern, United States Probation Office, District of Nebraska, May 2005 - Aug 2005
  • Membership & Community Involvement
  • Board of Directors, Forsyth Humane Society
  • Vice President, NC Civil Collaborative Law Association, Jun 2020 – Present
  • NC Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Council
  • Global Collaborative Law Council
  • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
  • Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • 4 Mediation Strategies to Tackle Conflict in Your Business – Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce, Sep 26, 2018
  • Awards & Rankings
  • Lawyer of the Year by NC Lawyers Weekly (2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2020)
  • NC Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2016 -2018)
  • Business North Carolina magazine Legal Elite, Young Guns (2016 – 2018)
  • experience

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