James R. Forrest, founder and principal at the Forrest Firm, PC, has earned repeat honors from statewide and national legal publications.
For the second year running Business North Carolina magazine has named Forrest to its “Legal Elite” list of the top lawyers in North Carolina. For its annual ranking of the best practicing lawyers in Tar Heel country, Business North Carolina surveyed over 20,000 attorneys from across the state. At the conclusion of the peer nomination survey, the magazine’s editors selected approximately three percent of the state’s attorneys for inclusion in the rankings.
According to Business North Carolina magazine, the “Legal Elite” represents “the lawyers their peers think are the best practitioners in their respective fields.” The magazine places a premium on listing the best attorneys—not the best-known or most influential—as a measurement of their legal expertise and proficiency in the law.
The 2013 Legal Elite list features in the January 2013 edition of Business North Carolina.
Forrest also received repeat recognition from Super Lawyers, a magazine and rating service for the legal community, earning a place in the magazine’s “North Carolina Rising Stars” list. Super Lawyers defines rising stars as “the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state—those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.” The selection process is a multi-phased, rigorous combination of peer nomination and review by an attorney-led research team.
Lawyers throughout North Carolina have nominated the rising stars based on their own observance of these attorneys in action, either as opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through first-hand courtroom observation. The attorney-led research group compiles point totals to rank the attorneys nominated in the peer survey process, and no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers nominated throughout North Carolina become rising stars.
The Rising Stars list features in the February 2013 edition of Super Lawyers, as well as regional coverage at the New York Times, Charlotte magazine, and the News & Observer.
To view the list of rising stars in the North Carolina legal community, go to the magazine’s website at www.superlawyers.com.