WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Womble Carlyle attorney Christa Burger has been honored with the 2016 Winston<40 Leadership Award, presented by the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.


Burger is one of only 20 winners this year, out of more than 150 nominees and 66 applicants.

The Winston<40 Leadership Award is awarded to 20 individuals 40 years of age or younger who are excelling in their respective fields and are actively influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Since joining Womble Carlyle in 2010, Burger has become a litigation counsel trusted by her clients to handle complex, high-stakes cases. She has been a member of several mass torts trial teams.

In his recommendation letter to the Chamber, Womble Carlyle attorney Geoff Beach wrote “Her work has repeatedly earned the praise of her clients, her peers, and the more senior lawyers of the firm, such as myself. In my years I have learned that such ‘across-the-board’ positive praise is rare, but so too is Christa.”

But in addition to her service to clients, Burger also is an active community volunteer in the Triad. She has been active in the Junior League’s BookWORM program, which provides underprivileged families with children’s books. She also has volunteered for the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope homeless shelter.

In addition, she led the 2016 North Carolina Bar Association Legal Feeding Frenzy fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC at Womble Carlyle’s Winston-Salem office. The firm was honored by the NCBA as the state’s Largest Overall Contributor, as firm attorneys and staff raised $21,589.6 and 919 pounds of food.

Womble Carlyle Winston-Salem Office Managing Partner Bill Whitehurst said, “Christa represents all that is exceptional about Womble Carlyle.”

Womble Carlyle attorneys Sonny Haynes and Jonathan Reich were honored as Winston<40 Leadership Award winners in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Burger and the other Winston<40 Leadership Award winners were honored at a gala on Thursday, October 6 at the Forsyth Country Club. Womble Carlyle attendees were attorneys Bill Whitehurst, Chris Douglas, Geoff Beach, Patrick Spaugh, Alyse Young (and her husband Nate) and project assistant Joyce Murdock.


The winners also will be featured in a special section of the Winston-Salem Journal.

Christa Burger is a young litigator with a broad range of experience defending complex mass tort and business matters, including class actions, contracts, negligence, and products liability claims.  Her practice also involves counseling corporate clients on a variety of marketing and regulatory issues, including product labeling, public relations, and responding to inquiries from state and federal agencies. Burger practices in Womble Carlyle’s Winston-Salem office.