March 15, 2017 (DURHAM, NC) As part of its ongoing commitment to entrepreneurs and startups in North Carolina, the Forrest Firm has joined the Duke Angel Network (DAN) as a supporting corporate member.
The Duke Angel Network brings together the Duke entrepreneurial community, Duke alumni network, and innovative private companies to empower the businesses that drive future economic development. The organization supports the Duke entrepreneurial community with seed capital from angel investors and a co-investment platform, the Duke Innovation Fund. DAN and the Duke Innovation Fund are part of the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative.
DAN actively engages and matches Duke alumni expertise with its portfolio companies to support their growth and success. DAN members, in turn, work actively to connect member companies with the larger Duke network to foster collaboration and marketplace success.
Morris holds two degrees from the university, earning his undergraduate degree in economics and political science, as well as a Juris Doctor awarded by the Duke University School of Law. Mr. Morris practices at the Forrest Firm in multiple areas relevant to businesses at every stage of the business life cycle, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financings, strategic transactions (including joint ventures and alliances), general corporate matters, and business succession planning. An entrepreneur in his own right, Mr. Morris is the co-founder of consignment technology concern äLuxuRē, an alumnus of the Groundworks Lab accelerator program. äLuxuRē was a featured company at the Council on Economic Development’s 2016 Tech Venture Conference.
Fisher earned a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. In addition to mentoring startups, Mr. Fisher focuses his practice at the Forrest Firm on matters related to conservation real estate and renewable energy. A longtime land conservancy executive, Mr. Fisher is also an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is the CEO and founder of Unique Places, a holding company for multiple ventures, including a real estate brokerage (Unique Places Real Estate) and an entrepreneurial take on conserving land with precious resources (Unique Places to Save). As an angel investor, Mr. Fisher has seeded multiple startups and small businesses across North Carolina, including recreational land rental firm ROMR, local loyalty program LoLo, and the Honeysuckle Tea House, a popular destination near Chapel Hill.
“We are excited to join the Duke Angel Network,” said James Forrest, founder of the Forrest Firm. “Any time we can share our expertise with entrepreneurs and grow through collaborating on great ideas is a winning proposition for all involved. Our DAN membership will also give us a great platform for connecting entrepreneurs under our advisement with investors looking to make a difference here in North Carolina.”
About the Forrest Firm, P.C.
The Forrest Firm is a full-service corporate law firm and certified B Corporation with offices in the Triangle, Winston-Salem and Wilmington, NC. 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