As McGuireWoods’ pro bono director, counsel Angie Zimmern expands the firm’s commitment to developing and sustaining pro bono programs recognized nationally for innovation and impact.
Angie leads the firm’s most successful pro bono initiatives, including Charlotte Triage, a groundbreaking and award-winning collaboration she co-chairs with leaders of corporate law departments to expand legal services for low-income Charlotte residents.
Angie practiced securities and business litigation before transitioning to a full-time pro bono position with McGuireWoods. 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.
In 2018, Angie received a Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award for lifetime achievement from the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, the Council for Children’s Rights and Legal Aid of North Carolina. In 2020, the Charlotte Business Journal recognized her with a Women in Business Achievement Award and North Carolina Lawyers Weekly named her a Leader in the Law. North Carolina Lawyers Weekly and The Mecklenburg Times honored Angie as one of their 50 Most Influential Women of 2023.
Angie serves on the board of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission Foundation, Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, the Foundation for the Mint Museum and the Law 360 Access to Justice Advisory Board. She also co-chairs the NC Pro Bono Coordinators Network.
- 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 LawJD
with Honors, Staff Member, North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation2003
- Duke UniversityBA1999
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 13, 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 28, 2019
- Speaker, McGuireWoods’ Angie Zimmern Speaks on Duke Women Law Students Association Panel, 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, 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