Betty’s 25 years of experience in advising public company boards on their highest strategic priorities gives her perspective on how to meet the needs of clients in a fast-changing world. Clients describe Betty as a champion for their interests—a leader, an innovator, and a trusted strategic counselor.
In her role as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Womble Bond Dickinson in the United States, Betty’s highest leadership priority is to ensure that the firm’s clients receive extraordinary service and legal work from dedicated lawyers. As Co-Chair of the Board of the transatlantic Womble Bond Dickinson, she has expanded the firm’s ability to reach further in serving clients through the additional mind power, bench strength, industry insight, practice areas and geographic coverage that the combined firms can bring to bear.
A practicing Corporate & Securities lawyer, Betty is a two-time winner of BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All Star Award – one of only a handful of lawyers ever to receive the award on multiple occasions. These awards speak to the trust placed in her by the middlemarket, Fortune 500 and global companies she has helped thrive and grow.
Honors and Awards
- Chambers USA Ranked Lawyer, Corporate: M&A, South Carolina, 2016 – Present
- Greenville Business Magazine’s 50 Most Influential, 2014, 2019
- British Consul General Award, 2019 (recognizing outstanding contributions in support of bilateral trade and investment between the US and the UK throughout the Carolinas)
- Triad Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs Award, 2018
- Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL Rankings) in the fields of Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Corporate Governance Law, Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Securities / Capital Markets Law, 2008 – 2021
- Super Lawyers Honoree, Business/Corporate Law, South Carolina Super Lawyers magazine (Thomson Reuters), 2016 – 2019
- Mecklenburg Times Most Influential Women Award, 2009
- Nominated to the BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms, 2006 and 2009
Civic and Professional Activities
- Mentor, Liberty Fellowship's Class of 2019
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- For more than 25 years, represented Fortune 500 companies as well as leading middle market and international companies in mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, tender offers, and compliance and governance matters. Betty works with Boards, executives and entrepreneurs and helps them identify and leverage opportunities for growth in dynamic and changing markets.
- Negotiated and represented Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP in its combination with Bond Dickinson LLP to form Womble Bond Dickinson.
- Spearheaded creation of and led the Public Company Advisors Team, focused on the development of skills, technologies, innovations and best-practices related to the specific needs of publicly traded companies.
- En route to her current leadership roles, chaired a Strategic Task Force, whose findings stressed the need for more numerous and deeper relationships with clients, better aligning the firm’s operations with client needs, and developing a multinational capability to address clients’ increasingly global aspirations.
- Championed the creation of an Innovation Board at Womble Bond Dickinson-US. The board is tasked with identifying and championing technologies, processes, tools and innovations that improve client service and help companies to be even more effective.