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Brooklyn Sawyers Belk

Partner of Counsel and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
  • 3344 Peachtree Road, NE
    Suite 2400
    Atlanta, GA 30326
  • F: 404.875.9433

Brooklyn Sawyers Belk is a seasoned trial attorney whose practice focuses on criminal law, premises liability, labor and employment, professional liability and healthcare litigation. She also leads internal investigations.

Over a span of almost a decade, Brooklyn served as an Assistant United States Attorney in three U.S. Attorney’s Offices and a Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice.  She tried and prosecuted various criminal cases, including violence, firearms, drugs, fraud, sexual assaults, human trafficking, and homicide cases—winning convictions in numerous federal trials.  She successfully argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits, served as lead counsel for major cases investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Department of State, and other federal agencies, and lectured on the prosecution of financial crimes and other complex offenses.  In addition, Brooklyn led inclusion and diversity, human trafficking, and community outreach initiatives during her tenure as a federal prosecutor.

Brooklyn distinguished herself as an electronic surveillance expert at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, as one of approximately 20 attorneys, who reviewed the nation’s electronic surveillance applications and guided other federal prosecutors across the country in those matters. Early in her career, Brooklyn gained vast experience in the niches of retirement, disability, and labor and employment law, as well as internal investigations.

In high demand as a national lecturer and keynote speaker for employers, Brooklyn conducts local, regional, and national training seminars on topics ranging from fraud and white collar crime to implicit bias and social justice.

Education

Emory and Henry College, B.A., cum laude, 2002

East Tennessee State University, M.A., 2004

University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 2006

Bar & Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Sixth Court of Appeals
  • United States Eleventh Court of Appeals
  • State Bar of Georgia*
  • State Bar of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • National Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Gate City Bar Association
  • National Black Prosecutors Association
  • American Bar Association*
  • Federal Bar Association*
  • *Pending

Awards & Recognitions

Knoxville, Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow

Universtiy of Tennessee College of Law Adjunct Professor of the Year

Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Fellow

Professional & Community Activities

Emory and Henry College Board of Trustees

The Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court Master of the Bench

Tennessee Supreme Court Certified Approved Mentor

Adjunct Professor for civil and criminal law courses

Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Leadership Director

National Black Prosecutors Association, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and National Secretary