Kim Bryant focuses her practice on energy regulation and the management of complex discovery in a wide range of matters, including commercial litigation, regulatory and internal investigations, and criminal defense. 

Overview

Kim devotes a significant portion of her practice to the representation of companies and public utilities in the natural gas and other regulated energy industries in state and federal regulatory proceedings. Kim has a thorough understanding of the complex business and regulatory environments facing her energy clients, and is able to assist them in successfully navigating the intricacies to achieve optimal results. Kim adds value by serving not only as counsel to her clients, but also as a strategic business partner who is able to apply her knowledge and analytical ability to identify and tackle challenges and opportunities presented to her clients. Kim serves the firm’s energy clients with a presence in Washington, D.C., where she has appeared before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Kim lends her depth of experience in discovery management to serve her clients as litigation counsel. She manages discovery for large, document-intensive cases, specifically those involving electronic discovery. In the current environment of costly and burdensome E-Discovery, Kim works to develop efficient and cost-effective strategies for data collection, analysis, and production. She assists with the critical decision-making processes involved in developing a sound data management strategy.  

Beyond the preservation and collection of evidence, Kim is skilled in the evaluation of evidence for use in all stages of litigation and investigations, including depositions, trial preparation, and support during trial. Kim has worked on civil and criminal cases involving securities, including SEC and FINRA investigation matters, mortgage fraud, tax evasion, trust and estate matters, commercial contracts, and employment litigation, as well as other government and internal investigations.

Notable

Notable

Kim recently managed the discovery efforts and preparation of evidence for a fully contested jury trial in the federal district court of the District of Columbia. Kim served on the trial team that defended a 22-year veteran of U.S. Army Special Forces facing charges of conspiracy to commit major fraud upon the U.S., wire fraud and major fraud related to his work for a private security company that provided security services to civilian engineers in Afghanistan from 2003 and 2007. The case was prosecuted by the Procurement Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia with support of the FBI and USAID Office of Inspector General. After two days of deliberation, the jury remained locked at 10-2 in favor of not guilty and the judge declared a mistrial. Shortly thereafter, the prosecutors voluntarily dismissed all charges with prejudice.

Affiliations

Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Young Professionals in Energy
  • Charlotte Women's Bar Association

Education

B.S., University of North Carolina, 2001; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

J.D., Washington and Lee University, 2004

Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2004
  • All North Carolina Federal District Courts
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