James R. Forrest began his career in Atlanta, Georgia working for one of the largest corporate law firms in the world. Subsequently, Mr. Forrest practiced with Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, one of the premier law firms in the Southeast. After 7 years in 2 large law firms Mr. Forrest formed the Forrest Firm in 2011 to provide corporate legal resources to businesses and entrepreneurs in a markedly different, client-centric manner. The Forrest Firm provides pedigreed legal professionals that are responsive, accessible and most importantly, dedicated to ensuring that fees are predictable and transparent – empowering entrepreneurs to control direction and spend related to risk management.
With respect to Mr. Forrest’s personal practice, he routinely works with companies to manage legal budgets, develop executive-level risk-management strategies, and form and manage key partnership relationships with other attorneys and professionals specializing in various areas. Mr. Forrest has extensive experience with company formation issues, mergers, acquisitions, company divestitures, transactional due diligence and the drafting, review and negotiation of contracts across industry and subject matter, including, operating agreements, shareholders’ agreements, employment agreements, customer contracts, procurement agreements, consulting agreements, loan agreements, confidentiality agreements and strategic arrangements. In addition to his corporate practice, Mr. Forrest also practices in the area of commercial real estate, assisting companies with property sales and acquisitions and various leasing matters.
Mr. Forrest has received numerous awards, including being named North Carolina’s Legal Elite by Business North Carolina Magazine, as well as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Forrest serves on the Board of Directors for the First Tee of the Triangle.
Mr. Forrest received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Recognitions and Civic Activities (James R. Forrest)
♦ Business Law Category Winner in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite (2016)
♦ Board of Directors, First Tee of the Triangle (2016)
♦ Board of Directors, Duke DREAM Campaign (2014-2015)
♦ Named to North Carolina’s Legal Elite by Business North Carolina Magazine (2012, 2013, 2014)
♦ Named a North Carolina Rising Star by the North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine (2010, 2012, 2013)
♦ Board of Directors, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce (2011 to 2014)
♦ Board of Advisors, Kidznotes, Inc. (2009 to 2012)
♦ Board of Advisors, Durham Symphony Orchestra (2008 to 2012)
♦ Board of Directors, Durham CrimeStoppers (2008 to 2012)
♦ Leadership Triangle Program, Class of 2008
♦ Leadership Durham Program, Class of 2007
♦ Articles Editor, North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, 2003-2004
♦ Gressman-Pollitt Award Winner for Outstanding Oral Advocacy (2003)
♦ Clerked for the late North Carolina Senator Hamilton C. Horton, Jr., 2003
♦ Clerked for the late North Carolina Senator James S. Forrester, 2000-2001
Publications and Speaking Engagements (James R. Forrest)
♦ Speaker, Focus on Business, “Legal 101” (October, 2013)
♦ Speaker, Entrepreneurs Conference, “Doing Business in the New Normal” (September, 2012)
♦ “PDA is Great, NDA is Vital” (Raleigh News and Observer, May 17, 2009)
Education (James R. Forrest)
♦ J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
♦ B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000