May 22, 2017 (CHARLOTTE, NC) The Forrest Firm, a North Carolina business law firm and certified B Corporation, announces the addition of attorney Benjamin Hicks and the opening of its Charlotte office.
Now in its seventh year, the Forrest Firm is a provider of corporate legal services to entrepreneurs, investors, and executives. The firm works in multiple areas relevant to businesses at every stage of their life cycles. Core practice areas include business formation, angel and venture financings, intellectual property, commercial real estate, employment, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, tax, contract negotiation, and dispute resolution.
Attorney Benjamin Hicks joins the Forrest Firm after practicing as a corporate attorney for the last seven years in New York and North Carolina. In his role at the Forrest Firm, Hicks will advise entrepreneurs and corporate executives in the Charlotte area in multiple areas of business law, including entity formation and transition, corporate governance, and fundraising.
Since 2012, Hicks practiced in the Corporate group of the Charlotte office of Moore & Van Allen PLLC, focusing his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, and corporate governance issues.
In 2010, Mr. Hicks began his legal career as an associate attorney in the New York office of the law firm Dechert LLP.
Mr. Hicks earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Carolina University. He graduated with a juris doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the North Carolina Law Review.
Benjamin Hicks is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association.
The opening of the Forrest Firm’s Charlotte office at Advent Coworking, located at 933 Louise Avenue, Suite #101, Charlotte, NC 28204, marks the firm’s formal entry into the Charlotte market. From its original home office in Durham near Research Triangle Park, the Forrest Firm has successfully expanded into Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem. The firm launches in Charlotte with an existing base of clients in the Queen City and surrounding communities.
With its expansion into the Charlotte market, the Forrest Firm, the largest law firm in North Carolina qualified as a B corporation, will be the only law firm operating in Charlotte with this community-minded focus.
“This is an exciting time to be a part of the Forrest Firm, as we continue to grow through adding great people to our team across the state,” said founder and lead attorney James Forrest. “We are proud to have Ben Hicks join the Forrest Firm. Ben has worked at some of the country’s premier law firms, helping dozens of clients navigate diverse areas of corporate law. He knows how to position companies for growth while maintaining safeguards for risk. Working from our new Charlotte office, Ben can connect our growing client roster there with professionals focusing in areas across the corporate spectrum, from commercial real estate to employment and intellectual property law.”
About the Forrest Firm, P.C.
The Forrest Firm is a full-service corporate law firm and certified B Corporation based in Durham, North Carolina, working with entrepreneurs and executives across the Tar Heel State from locations in the Research Triangle Park area, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte. The firm endeavors to provide corporate legal services in a manner that consistently exceeds client expectations, to create healthy, sustainable work environments for its professionals, and to positively impact the surrounding community.
James Forrest, Principal Attorney