Blunk Installed as YLD Chair, Bradley Takes Everett Award, Richardson Finishes NCBA Leadership Academy
The North Carolina Bar Association’s Annual Meeting took place Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24 at the Wilmington Convention Center. Founded in 1899 and based in Cary, the North Carolina Bar Association is a voluntary statewide organization composed of more than 20,000 lawyers, judges, paralegals, and law students.
The North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) installed the firm’s Rachel Blunk, who joined the Greensboro office in February, as its 2018-19 Chair. Blunk will lead the YLD, the largest division of the NCBA, with more than 6,400 members. Her role as Chair of the YLD also comes with a seat on the NCBA Board of Governors, the governing body for the larger organization, and the Board of the North Carolina Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of uniting talent and generosity of the legal profession to be a power of greater good for the people of North Carolina.
Ms. Blunk’s hybrid practice at the Forrest Firm focuses on litigation and corporate transactions. In her litigation practice, Ms. Blunk handles business disputes regarding matters such as breach of contract, intellectual property infringement, and enforcing and defending non-competes. In her transactional practice, she focuses on the protection and licensing of intellectual property, government contracting, operations, business formation, and employment issues, including independent contractor and employment documents.
Martha Bradley, who opened the firm’s Asheville office earlier this month at the Collider, is the 2018 recipient of the Robinson O. Everett Award for Professionalism. The Everett Award, established in 2010, honors the late Judge Robinson Everett of Durham, a Duke Law professor and former Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The award honors a young attorney who demonstrates professional commitment through active involvement in local, state and national bar associations. Also, Ms. Bradley was elected by the membership to serve a three-year term on the NCBA Board of Governors and on the Board of the North Carolina Bar Foundation.
In her practice, Ms. Bradley works with clients in all aspects of civil litigation at trial and appellate court levels.
Keith Richardson, who joined the Forrest Firm’s Raleigh office in January, joined 15 outstanding young lawyers from across North Carolina in the 2018 graduating class of the NCBA Leadership Academy. The mission of the Leadership Academy is to help young lawyers become more effective leaders in their communities, whether their communities be the legal profession, their firms, legal departments, and any other organizations with which they are associated, or local, state, national, or even international communities, or any other environments where lawyers regularly have calls or opportunities for leadership.
In his practice, Mr. Richardson offers strategic counsel and representation in commercial and business litigation, including disputes regarding contracts, business, employment, real estate, taxation, and other areas of risk management. He represents clients at every stage of the dispute resolution process, from pre-trial negotiations to discovery, trials and appeals.
“The Forrest Firm commends the professionalism and service to the North Carolina legal community of Rachel Blunk, Martha Bradley, and Keith Richardson,” said firm founder James Forrest. “This trio of young lawyers are living examples of our B Corp mission to serve clients, create sustainable environments for legal professionals, and give back to the communities where we live and work.”