Angie Zimmern Pro Bono Director & Counsel

McGuireWoods counsel Angela Zimmern serves as McGuireWoods’ pro bono director, expanding the firm’s commitment to developing and sustaining pro bono programs that have been recognized nationally for innovation and impact.

Angie has been deeply involved in some of the firm’s most successful initiatives during her time as pro bono director. The firm has earned numerous pro bono service honors for projects Angie led that benefited child advocacy, domestic violence prevention, consumer matters, veterans’ affairs, tax relief and estate planning. Angie received the 2018 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, a lifetime achievement honor presented by the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, the Council for Children’s Rights and Legal Aid of North Carolina.

In addition to her leadership roles with the firm, Angie practiced law in the area of business and securities litigation. She had a broad litigation practice, with particular emphasis on financial services and class action litigation, and she advised clients on matters involving business and consumer credit disputes. She formerly was in charge of the firm’s legal project management (LPM) program ClientSync and its Compass budget tracking tool. In that role, she trained and assisted attorneys on the use of LPM concepts and the supporting tools developed by McGuireWoods to efficiently and predictably manage matters.

Angie started her legal career practicing securities and business litigation for four years at a large global firm in New York. While earning her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law, she was an extern to Judge W. Earl Britt of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.


Defended a national banking client against multiple related class action lawsuits arising out of a mortgage product.

Advised a national banking client on consumer credit disputes.

Negotiated a class action settlement on behalf of a financial advisory firm.

Represented a non-profit organization in a dispute with a former employee related to an international kidnapping.

Defended a national banking client in a multi-district litigation securities action stemming from the collapse of an international manufacturer.

  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, with Honors, Staff Member, North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation, 2003
  • Duke University, BA, 1999

Board Member, NC Equal Access to Justice Foundation

Board Member and Secretary, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy

Board Member, North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center

Volunteer and Firm Volunteer Coordinator, Council for Children's Rights

Board Member, Foundation for the Mint Museum

Volunteer, Charlotte Country Day School

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Access to Justice, Law360, 2021

Past Board Member, A Child's Place

Past Participant, Arts and Science Council Cultural Leadership Training Program

  • Presenter, "Connecting In-House Legal Departments with Communities Through Law Firm Pro Bono Partnerships," National Association of Women Lawyers' 16th Annual General Counsel Institute, November 12, 2020
  • Presenter, "Navigating Ethical Duties During Remote Pro Bono Service," Webex US Bank National Association, October 28, 2020
  • Speaker, "Go Pro Bono," International Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting, July 9, 2019
  • Panelist, "Charlotte Triage," Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference, March 2019
  • Panelist, "Women Advocating for Women," Duke University School of Law, February 27, 2019
  • Presenter, "Legal Project Management 101," LMASE Regional Conference, September 13, 2017
  • Co-speaker, "Getting to the Root: How Advanced Analytics can Uncover Cost Drivers for Legal Matters," ILTACON 2017 Annual Educational Conference, August 16, 2017
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

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Named to "Leaders in the Law," North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2020

Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2019, 2020, 2021

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Access to Justice, Law360, 2020, 2021

Recipient, "Women in Business Achievement Award", Charlotte Business Journal, 2020

Recipient, "Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award", Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, Council for Children's Rights, Legal Aid of North Carolina, 2018

Named to "40 Under 40," Charlotte Business Journal, 2017

  • Quoted, "Pro bono task force fighting for tenants," North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, December 18, 2020
  • Quoted, "Strengthening Communities Through Pro Bono Partnerships," Corporate Counsel Business Journal, July/August 2019
  • Author, "One LPM Size Does Not Fit All: A Nuanced Approach That Begins And Ends With The Client’s Goals Is The Surest Path To Success," Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, November 7, 2016
  • Contributor, "Flat Earth Theory: The Future Of Billing," North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, April 21, 2015
  • Author, "Can We Buy Peace on Earth? The Price of Freezing Terrorist Assets in a Post-September 11 World," NC Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, 2003
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