Ciara RogersWaldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey, PLLC, Raleigh, NC
CIARA is a partner with Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey, PLLC, where her practice focuses on debtors’ and creditors’ rights, chapter 11 bankruptcy, representing bankruptcy trustees in chapter 7 and 11 cases, serving as a subchapter V trustee, and litigating adversary proceedings. Previously, she was an attorney with the Law Offices of Oliver & Cheek, PLLC. She also clerked for Hon. J. Rich Leonard and Hon. Randy D. Doub (deceased) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and served as a magistrate judge in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In 2014, Ciara was recognized by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) as an Honorable Cornelius Blackshear Fellow, and in 2019, she was selected as a participant in the NCBJ’s NextGen program. In 2022, she became certified as a specialist in business bankruptcy by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. A member of the North Carolina and Virginia State Bars, the North Carolina Bar Association and ABI, she serves as treasurer of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation’s Carolinas Network, is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section Council, and is a National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Subchapter V Trustee CLE Planning Committee member. In 2021 and 2022, she was listed as one of Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite in Bankruptcy Law,” and she was listed as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2019, 2021 and 2022 and as a Super Lawyer in 2023.
A child of military veterans, Ciara decided at a very young age that she wanted to be an attorney, and her family sacrificed so she could become a first-generation college graduate. In 2018, she became director of the Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic at Campbell University’s Norman A. Wiggins School of Law, where she supervises law students in providing pro bono bankruptcy representation to low-wealth individuals in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Her most significant accomplishment in the insolvency profession has been having several students pursue a career in insolvency law because of their experience in the bankruptcy clinic. Due to her pro bono work, she received the inaugural pro bono service award of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section for providing the most hours of pro bono service of its members. She also has been a member of the North Carolina State Bar’s Pro Bono Honor Society for four of the last six years for providing 50 or more pro bono hours in the calendar year. In addition, she has taught bankruptcy law and regularly speaks at conferences on various bankruptcy-related topics. Outside of the office, she has served on boards of nonprofits, her local YMCA and a sexual assault resource center. She also has coached recreation league and high school basketball teams.
“Ciara rises above countless others by demonstrating a competence and maturity beyond her years.”