For its annual ranking of the best practicing lawyers in North Carolina, Business North Carolina surveys more than 20,000 attorneys across the state. At the conclusion of the survey, the magazine’s editors typically selected about 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 2018 Legal Elite will feature in this month’s edition of Business North Carolina magazine.
Leslie Lasher represents public and private employers, entrepreneurs, and executives in her focus practice area of employment law. She primarily advises clients on issues related to compliance with state and federal employment laws, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, and NC REDA, and regularly drafts and negotiates employment contracts. During her time at the Forrest Firm, Ms. Lasher has pioneered the firm’s HR/Employment Law Audits, helping Forrest Firm clients take a proactive stance with regard to compliance issues and pursue fair workplaces competitive in meeting the needs of today’s workers. Ms. Lasher earned her law degree from the Elon University School of Law in Greensboro.
Jeff Wolfe is the Managing Attorney of the Forrest Firm and practices corporate and transactional law from the firm’s Winston-Salem office. His practice areas cover the entire lifecycle of for profit and non-profit entities, including formation, financing, day-to-day contracts, and exits. His transactional background includes deep experience in mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings, and debt financings. Mr. Wolfe has advised companies at every size and stage of the business life cycle, from early-stage startups to large public companies. In addition to providing legal services, Mr. Wolfe also enjoys mentoring and coaching business leaders with entities like Creative Startups, Triad Startup Weekend, and the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center. Mr. Wolfe earned his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem.
James Forrest, founder and Principal Attorney of the Forrest Firm, is a member of the Business North Carolina Legal Elite Hall of Fame. The honor marks Mr. Forrest’s sustained excellence among the state’s business attorneys. In addition to leading one of the state’s fastest-growing law firms and North Carolina’s largest law firm to operate as a certified B corporation, Mr. Forrest focuses his law practice on matters related to strategic transactions for the firm’s clients. Mr. Forrest earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill.