Jennifer K. Van Zant Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Greensboro
If I did not have such a challenging and interesting practice, I would be home with my children and volunteering in their schools and in the community. We have three children, ages 7, 5 and 3. I try to squeeze in time away from work and home duties to work at school when I can. If I had more time, I would increase my involvement. The time I spend with my kids and volunteering helps me keep work issues in perspective. The thousand questions I answer every night at bedtime certainly help me prepare for depositions.
Vita: Born April 28, 1969, in Houston; bachelor’s from Duke University and law degree from Wake Forest University; husband and three children. Why she chose this field: I am a commercial litigator. Antitrust cases present a mixture of challenges — academic and economic principles, complicated procedural issues and practical business problems. I like to work on hard problems. Memorable case: I am usually fairly obsessed with my current cases. Passions: Getting things right, my family and running. Recent reading: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Politics at Henry VIII’s court make discovery disputes look like child’s play. Favorite place: Lake Tahoma, outside Marion. Heroes: Teachers. Don’t ask her to: Sing.