While her roots are as an M&A lawyer, Lizanne Thomas practices, teaches, and lives corporate governance as the head of the Firm’s corporate governance team. She is a Fellow of the American College of Governance Lawyers. Lizanne participates in about 100 board meetings per year as counsel to a number of public companies. She represents special committees in control and conflict transactions, as well as in internal investigations. Lizanne is experienced in shareholder activism, public and private mergers and acquisitions, and executive compensation. Lizanne also serves as the Partner-in-Charge of the Firm’s Southeast U.S. Region.
Lizanne serves or has served on the Boards of Directors of four publicly traded companies: Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc., American Software, Inc., Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. At Krispy Kreme she co-chaired a special committee charged with investigating a variety of allegations against the company. While she was chair of its governance committee, KKD twice won national corporate governance awards for its shareholder engagement and disclosure, and in 2016 she was named one of the top 100 directors by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).