Troutman Pepper eMerge’s Brandon Cole Named Among BEQ Pride’s 2021 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40

Feb 16 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Brandon Cole, a senior discovery attorney with Troutman Pepper eMerge, has been recognized by Business Equality Network (BEQ) Pride as a 2021 LGBTQ Leader Under 40. The awards highlight LGBTQ leaders from across North America who are demonstrating exceptional leadership and major contributions in government, corporate, academia, non-profit or small business. The BEQ Pride Awards Committee and Editorial team selected recipients after reviewing third-party nominations and responses from 70 finalists.

According to the selection team, “This leader cohort includes elected officials, published authors, a classic physique bodybuilder, an award-winning swimmer, musicians, lounge owners, artists, activists, business owners and more. Their amazing talent, innovation, passion and courage are beacons during one of the darkest periods in history. When we look at this cohort, we see reasons to be hopeful about the future with so many brave and capable people taking the lead.”

Brandon joined Troutman Pepper eMerge in Charlotte earlier this year. He previously served on the national discovery counsel team and LGBTQ+ Lawyers Network at another large law firm where he played a pivotal role in the implementation of pro bono clinics designed to protect vulnerable populations. These clinics at the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade have helped attendees prepare healthcare powers of attorney and living wills for over 100 individuals free of charge.

Brandon earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, his master’s degree in clinical psychology from the Citadel, and his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston.

Founded in 2012, Troutman Pepper eMerge combines legal strategy with advanced technology for the management of ESI in litigation and internal and governmental investigations. Several leading industry authorities, including Chambers USA, have recognized Troutman Pepper eMerge with awards and accolades. Most recently, the firm was named among the Daily Report’s “Most Innovative Law Firms,” and eMerge was named the No. 1 eDiscovery company both on a local and national level. Learn more at

BEQ is a group of strategic media, consulting, research and business accelerators committed to reaching and empowering LGBTQ, women, minority and other underrepresented, underserved and underutilized business communities. BEQ leverages its dedicated communication platforms to facilitate an increase in cross-sector (public, private, civil society) engagement of diverse professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs.

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