Attorney Susan Grimes joined the Raleigh office Forrest Firm in the fall of 2017 after practicing as corporate in-house counsel for more than a decade with a global biotech company in the greater Raleigh, NC area.
In her new role at the Forrest Firm, Ms. Grimes focuses her practice on corporate and transactional matters, including the drafting, review, and negotiation of contracts, strategic transactions, complex commercial transactions, and regulatory compliance. She has performed risk management, ethics, and compliance work across multiple industries, comprising household products (including detergents and cleaning products), food and beverage (including beer and wine), textiles, and agriculture.
Ms. Grimes began her legal career in 2002 at the United States Copyright Office in Washington, DC. She worked in the General Counsel’s office, overseeing the arbitrations and administration of the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel—which determined and allocated royalties to ASCAP, RIAA, BMI, and MLB. In this role, Ms. Grimes also drafted Federal Register Notices for the U.S. Copyright Office on proposed Federal rules and the enactment of new Federal regulations.
For the last twelve years, she has served as Senior Legal Counsel at biotechnology corporation Novozymes North America, Inc., located in Franklinton, NC. During her tenure at Novozymes, the scope of her work included contract drafting and negotiating, compliance and ethics, complex commercial transactions, implementation of global policies and procedures, legal support for sales, marketing, and corporate training.
Susan Grimes is a 2001 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law in New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA in 1996.
Ms. Grimes has served as a panelist for continuing legal education on ethics for lawyers, and has authored a comedic column for the North Carolina Bar Association’s newsletter. In addition to her membership in the Wake County Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association, Ms. Grimes is also a part of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Education (Susan Grimes)
♦ J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 2001
♦ B.A., English Language and Literature, Spelman College, 1996