Rachel Blunk maintains a hybrid practice focused on business needs, including civil litigation and business law. She serves as the firm’s Managing Attorney for the Greensboro and Charlotte offices. Rachel joined the Forrest Firm in February of 2018 after practicing with two North Carolina firms where she assisted businesses with dispute resolution and commercial transactions.
In her litigation practice at the Forrest Firm, 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, Rachel focuses on the protection and licensing of intellectual property, government contracting, operations, business formation, succession planning, and employment issues, including independent contractor and employment documents.
Ms. Blunk began her career in business and law as an educational consultant at Innovation Research and Training (“iRT”), based in Durham while she was teaching upper elementary at a Durham school. When she ended her teaching career and transitioned to law in 2011, her work with iRT shifted to legal consulting, including drafting and negotiating agreements, and managing the company’s intellectual property assets.
In 2012, Ms. Blunk began practicing at the Charlotte-based business law firm of Wishart Norris PA, in its Burlington location. She served on both the firm’s litigation and commercial teams for three years. In 2015, she moved her practice to the Greensboro firm of Sharpless and Stavola, PA. At Sharpless, she continued the commercial practice she had built while at Wishart Norris, P.A., focusing on the needs of closely-held corporations, including government contracting, business formation, business acquisitions, operations, intellectual property management, and succession planning. In her litigation practice at both firms, Ms. Blunk has represented a variety of clients in disputes related to breach of contract, creditors rights, unfair and deceptive trade practices, partnership disputes, intellectual property infringement, and covenants not to compete.
Rachel Blunk earned a bachelor of arts degree in classics in 2004 from Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, Minnesota, with a focus in ancient Greek language. After completing a year of post-baccalaureate study in classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, and teaching for three years at a private school in Durham, she graduated from UNC’s School of Law in 2011 with a juris doctor degree.
Ms. Blunk is licensed to practice law in all North Carolina courts at both the state and federal level. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys.
Ms. Blunk also serves as the Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division, is the treasurer for the board of directors of the Alamance Partnership for Children, and is active with the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties. She speaks and writes frequently on a variety of issues, including LGBT legal issues.
Education (Rachel Blunk)
♦ J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
♦ B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, 2004
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