Please welcome our newest team member and attorney, Elizabeth “Brooks” Savage! Brooks practices intellectual property, business, and administrative law, with a focus on vice industries. Particularly in the alcoholic beverage industry, she represents small and independent alcohol producers and retailers (such as breweries, wineries, distilleries, bars, and restaurants) with brand development and protection, business formation and operation needs, contracts, and Alcoholic Beverage Control permitting and licensing. In the cannabis and entertainment industries, Brooks works with entrepreneurs, content creators, and businesses as they start-up, expand, and develop. Ultimately, her goal as an attorney is to help people who are chasing their dreams.
As a dual degree graduate from Campbell University, Brooks holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Science in Public Health. She attended East Carolina University for her undergraduate studies, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. With this background and education, Brooks brings a unique perspective for her clients, particularly with public health related issues, such as state and federal regulations involving communicable disease, emergency preparedness and response, food and drug, and environmental health.
During law school she led pro bono activities as the Campbell Law Pro Bono Council Director, served as a MLK Intern for Legal Aid of NC, externed with the NC Department of Justice and the NC Justice Center, and co-founded the Health Law Association. Her commitment to public service was recognized by the NC State Bar and Campbell Law School; she was the only law student in her graduating class to receive both the State Bar Student Pro Bono Service Award and the Campbell Law Outstanding Commitment to Pro Bono and Public Service Award. As a practicing attorney, she continues her commitment to pro bono and public service through active community engagement, volunteerism, and pro bono representation.
Beginning Her Career
Brooks began her career in public service as a Fellow and Staff Attorney with the Disaster Relief Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she focused on the intersection of disaster law and public health, and worked to promote health and justice for North Carolinians. She represented low-income disaster survivors with disaster legal issues and regularly engaged in community outreach and education. Brooks currently uses her experiences in disaster recovery to provide her clients with disaster risk mitigation and planning services. She ensures her clients will avoid risk and make smart legal decisions—decisions that help businesses grow and flourish, often in highly regulated environments.
Brooks is an active member of the Wake County Bar Association/10th Judicial District Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, and North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. She currently serves as co-chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association and is a member of the Communications & Technology Committee for the Wake County Bar Association/10th Judicial District Bar. At a national level, she is a member of the American BarYLD Disaster Legal Services Program, where she coordinates disaster legal services during federally declared disasters for various states, including North Carolina. She is also member of Pink Boots Society, an organization committed to the advancement of women and non-binary persons in the alcoholic beverage industry.
Brooks is a dedicated advocate and a valued addition to the Beer Law Center team. Please join us in welcoming her!