Our company sells complex robotic technology and software direct to end users. We write hundreds of contracts each year where the language changes based on product and market. We have been working with James since 2005 and he has been integral in creating contracts templates and other legal documents that allow us to maximize our efficiency and minimize our turnaround time to keep the sales force happy. In addition, he is a valuable resource for the sales team during contract negotiations for our large and institutional customers. He brings to the table excellent legal knowledge, a tremendous grasp of technology to enable contracting efficiencies, wonderful work ethic, and a strong determination to continuously learn about our business in order to provide timely and informed advice on a wide variety of legal issues. Although I know it is not the reality, he treats us as if we are his sole client.
D.J. Dougherty | Chief Financial Officer, Parata Systems, LLC
There are many attorneys who know the law, but James understands the legal side of business. We appreciated his team’s ability to translate legal jargon for us and show us how to efficiently comply and apply it to our practice. The Forrest Firm was able to help us with almost every facet of starting our new investment advisory firm. From negotiating our lease to understanding and establishing prudent HR policies, we are thankful to have the Forrest Firm as trusted legal counsel.
Eric Chetwood, CFP, Managing Partner | Adams Chetwood Wealth Management Group
Partnering with the Forrest Firm has been a tremendous asset to us. James and his team are responsive, understanding and sensitive to our particular needs. Their fee structure has allowed them to adapt to our needs as well as provided flexibility for us, obtaining wise counsel when and how we needed it.
Palmer Schoch, Executive Director of Ministry Services | Hope Community Church
We have worked with the Forrest Firm for almost five years and appreciate the professionalism the team exudes while assisting us with our legal challenges. From employment issues, to contracts, to lease negotiations, the team at the Forrest Firm has taken great care of our challenges, questions, and concerns and ensured that we mitigate risk for our company. I would proudly refer others to the Forrest Firm for their legal expertise but also personal attention to client needs.
Greg Boone, President | iCiDigital
Took the time to understand the needs of a relatively small client.
Greg Mills, President | Foot Solutions of Cary
In the period of time I’ve worked with Forrest Firm, James, as the lead attorney, has been a very quick study. My requests and needs have been varied among the business spectrum and his responsiveness, thoroughness and creativity have been second to none. His communication has been the best I’ve experienced in my 20 years in business. My company is heavily dependent upon contractual relationships and he’s provided solid, creative ideas on addressing the complex and not so complex issues to find resolve. James provides me with confidence and satisfaction in knowing I can call one person for all my legal needs. I’ve been searching for this relationship for 20 years and am confident that I’ve found it. I really enjoy the Forrest Firm’s boutique business approach.
Player Barefoot | President, SouthTech Orthopedics, Inc.
Often it’s difficult for industries to realize when a current pricing model has run its course and change is required. In the past, the billable hour was the only mechanism for us to establish a relationship with the legal and finance communities. This structure creates a relationship that does not lend itself to the critical point of value that most leaders need, which is preventative maintenance. Over the last two years, James has worked with my team to establish a working practice of estimating work accurately, and allowing us the fee predictability that has actually encouraged us to call James and his team more often. We are pleased to continue our relationship with Forrest Firm as it grows.
Donald Thompson | Former CEO, Integrated Industrial Information, Inc. d/b/a I-Cubed
Forrest Firm assisted my company with the sale of substantially all of our assets. James was flexible and worked within our budget, and despite a hurried time frame, he worked day and night to protect our interest in the transaction. He uncovered many aspects of the transaction that I would not have considered. I have worked with legal entities for more than forty years in business and can say that I have not found a more reliable and competent advocate.
Glenn Godfrey | Former President, The Godfrey Group, Inc.
Working with James has been refreshingly easy. He really understands how technology companies need to operate, and he approached all of our requests with enthusiasm and a great perspective. He also consistently turned excellent work around quickly, even at late hours.
Tobias Walter | Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Shoeboxed Inc.
As a web and mobile software development firm, Smashing Boxes hired the Forrest Firm when we had all of 5 full time employees. As we’ve grown to nearly 20 people in the last 18 months, the Forrest Firm has served as a true partner in our business acceleration and growth. Forrest Firm has provided tactical legal expertise in the areas of business formation, corporate, employment contract law, litigation, and immigration. Legal services are not a commodity and are not a one off purchase, so finding the right partner to help an organization succeed and grow is a major asset and an investment that can yield high returns and peace of mind.
Nick Jordan | Managing Director, Smashing Boxes, LLC
I engaged Forrest Firm to assist me with the sale of my business that I spent twenty years of my life building. The transaction was complicated, the process was entirely new to me, and James and his team proved to be an excellent resource. They were responsive, qualitatively excellent, and efficient. I would recommend James and his team without hesitation for day to day corporate transactional legal services as well as high-level M&A activities. Forrest Firm will continue to be a resource for me in my business endeavors.
David Hicks | Former President, North State Acceptance LLC
I have been in the restaurant business for over 14 years and when our brand shift from a sole proprietorship model to incorporating, I took it upon myself to research the best law firm for me and the 30 other franchisees in the region. After meeting with over a half-dozen law firms, I firmly planted my decision to partner with Forrest Firm. James and Jeff were approachable, understanding and generally very helpful. Their vision to be predictable as it relates to pricing is refreshing. Not only are they real professionals, they are real people that are gifted in communicating legal jargon in layman’s terms. Forrest Firm exceeded my expectations and I will direct other colleagues to them in the future!
Rally de Leon | Franchise Owner, Chick-fil-A, North Hills
I needed to expeditiously form an LLC to address a business opportunity. James completed the task literally overnight, tailoring the filing to my specific business requirements and for a very reasonable cost. I’ve been a consumer of corporate legal services for many years, and James’ responsiveness and high quality work product make him a valued resource.
Fred Goldwater | Consultant & Former CIO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
The Forrest Firm assisted our church by representing us in a large bond refinancing agreement for our church building. The transaction went so well and we felt so well informed and represented that we have used the Forrest Firm to help us in other areas of our organization. James and his team have helped us to operate with the upmost in integrity and be poised for growth.
Richie Marshall | Executive Pastor, Port City Community Church
I’m impressed with Forrest Firm’s quick turn-around and thoroughness on contract reviews. Forrest Firm’s timely billing is also a refreshing development among providers of professional services.
George Habel | Vice President, Sports Group, Capitol Broadcasting Company (Durham Bulls)
The American Underground is a campus for entrepreneurs and a place where things move fast every hour. I count on the Forrest Firm to help our organization with complex legal questions and guidance and to do so quickly and predictably so we can focus on supporting our entrepreneurs and growing our business. Working with James and Jeff is a pleasure — they are guys I trust will provide great guidance and also look for win-wins.
Adam Klein | Chief Strategist, American Underground
Over the last couple of years, we have engaged the Forrest Firm, and Jeff as lead attorney for a number of transactions. In each case we felt as an organization and individuals, that the firm has represented our best interests; be it an acquisition of a business, a major international contract, or guiding the management team through a change in leadership and ownership for our business. In each case Jeff and the team were there to share and guide us through the different options and recommendations available to allow us to make informed decisions. We continue to use and highly recommend the team as our partner for legal services.
Staale T. Swift, CEO | NOCDOC
We recently retained the Forrest Firm to handle our investor related legal counsel. Even though the first assignment was a small one, they treated me like a much larger client. They were up front with the pricing, timeline and delivered the expected counsel that we needed to move forward. We know we’re a smaller client, but they made us feel like anything but that.
Clark Harris Co-Founder | LoLo, LLC
I met Jeff Wolfe via CED in Raleigh. After a few conversations, I knew working with The Forrest Firm was going to be the right thing for our SaaS business needs. Jeff and the team have been very responsive to our needs and timelines. The ability for the firm to turn around our different types of agreements with our customers in the timeframes required has continued to exceed my team’s expectations. I highly recommend the firm thanks to its personal touch assistance that you will not get with the larger firms.
Anthony Rotoli Co-CEO | ESM Solutions
Forrest Firm is a legal gem. Small, nimble and responsive with expert knowledge and advice. I was referred to James as I began to acquire a property that involved many due diligence issues. James took the time to understand both my business and my needs and expertly lead us to closing. I have used other attorneys over the years, but James stands out as one of the best. I will use him again and I recommend him without qualification.
Philip McHugh | President, Park Veterinary Hospital
Forrest Firm has been a tremendous help to our growing organization. No matter the time or situation, James and his team are always there to answer questions, review documents, or help us create new agreements as things come up in our business. It was critically important to me to find someone who was reliable, diligent, responsive, and had the business sense to help guide us to the right strategic decisions; James is all of this and much more. He is a thought leader in his industry with his unique pricing structure and flexibility. James and his team at Forrest Firm are a true pleasure to work with on all levels.
Paige Goss | Director of Operations, The Select Group
James is a dynamo–I’ve worked with attorneys for years, and this one truly breaks the mold. James is very sharp–he has a superior legal mind, but unlike some people I’ve met, attorneys and otherwise, he doesn’t expect you to take that as the singular element of his value proposition. He combines this strong ability to apply the law in a host of business contexts with real integrity that’s earned, not simply talked about, by his incredible responsiveness to our company’s needs and desire to create a relationship that’s very flexible and rewarding for us in terms of billing and deliverables. I believe he’s a change agent for the way pedigreed professionals should be approaching business, making legal services approachable, attainable, and client-centric.
Brian Castle | Sales and Marketing Executive, Thought Leader Select, LLC
James assisted me with a complicated transaction in a compressed time frame. The advice and counsel James offered was very helpful. I have already recommended James to others and consider him a valuable member of my team of consultants.
Joe Farrell | Former Chairman and CEO, Winston Joseph LLC
James and Mike truly helped me out as I considered a sensitive legal matter for our church. Their guidance was thoughtful, precise and well timed. I was very impressed with their professionalism and their knowledge of church issues as well as their clarity in communicating their approach, costs and possible options.
Patrick Dominguez | Senior Pastor, Church of the Apostles
My company innovates solutions on demand for Fortune 100 companies. Forrest Firm navigated my company through a very complex business transaction to the benefit of all parties involved. Jeff was himself very innovative, worked within our budget, and responded professionally in a very compressed time frame. He provided the proper legal balance for what could have otherwise been a very negative situation. I would definitely recommend Jeff and the Forrest Firm as a very reliable and competent team of advocates.
Melvin Mitchell | President, Blue Ridge Fiber Solutions, Inc.
Our company is a leading provider of custom research, custom panels, online communities and data collection services for utilities throughout the U.S. For the last 30 years, we have taken pride in the satisfaction of our clients. We recognized that same trait in James almost immediately. Forrest Firm consistently provides blue-chip advice, is very responsive, and the price is predictable. James is a man of integrity, and FGI will continue to choose his firm for legal services.
Vincent Abbruscato | Former Director of Operations, FGI Research
Club Horizon benefited greatly from the Forrest Firm’s responsiveness during a relatively quick merger. They worked quickly on close deadlines and helped us navigate some tricky decisions during our merger discussions. I would not hesitate to recommend them to others.
Benjamin Marsh | President, Club Horizon, Inc.
Starting my own business was a life-long dream and James helped make that dream a reality. James took the time to understand my business plans, answer all my questions, and provide expert advice and legal guidance to set up my company for long-term success. I had considered using the internet to save money by incorporating myself, however, the expert advice and comprehensive services I received from Forrest Firm were far more valuable than any short term costs. I will be using the Forrest Firm for all my business legal needs and recommend them to everyone.
Freddie Woodard | Manager, New Idea Real Estate, Inc.
On behalf of Small Hands Big Hearts United, I could never thank Forrest Firm enough for assisting me in the beginning phase of a very exciting yet challenging journey to becoming a 501(C)(3). Anyone who starts a 501(c)(3) has an aspiration that they want build on a strong foundation. I was able to immediately create a client relationship with James that revolved around trust, knowledge and professionalism. This allowed me to enter the charitable sector in a confident and knowledgeable manner. James clearly defined the steps I needed to take. He pinpointed exactly the services he needed to provide based on my needs and charged accordingly making the process fast, flawless and stress free. He was accessible to me at all times which made venturing into the charitable sector a pleasant and rewarding experience. I will continue to utilize Forrest Firm in any future legal matters.
Anita Pease | Small Hands, Big Hearts United, Inc.
We had an incredible experience working with Jeff Wolfe as our business attorney. Jeff went more than the extra mile to help us create a complicated contract that really fit our needs. We recommend Forrest Firm without reservation.
Burton Morris | Founder, Red Atlantic Films
I needed a single-member LLC setup and James was extremely helpful in getting that done. Through the entire process James made me feel like a valuable client as he was quick to respond to questions and even though I needed the LLC setup during the week of Christmas, there was no delay. I would absolutely recommend Forrest Firm to other small business owners.
Jonathan Skinner | Manager, 9-14 Solutions, LLC
It is clear that James is very efficient and able to turn things around quickly and on budget – which is huge for a startup like us. He was also able to find a great international tax expert in his network to collaborate with us on some corporate restructuring. For these reasons and more, we look forward to working with him in the future.
Mark Sears | Founder & Chief Executive Officer, CloudFactory
The use of legal counsel is usually a process that has many unknowns relative to timing, cost, completeness and effectiveness. I had a relatively small contract issue with a business partner at a start-up company and wanted to be sure I was properly represented. Working with James and the Forrest Firm provided the perfect balance of completeness and professionalism within a price range that was predetermined, fair and a great value. I would recommend James and the team to anyone seeking legal support and you can be sure, he’s my company’s choice for all our legal requirements.
John L. Mierley | Founder and Managing Partner, Tyche Emerging Market Partners, LLC
The Forrest Firm is top notch. As the owner of a retail restaurant, I tend to move at a fast pace needing a quick response to legal matters that cover a broad spectrum. The Forrest Firm has proven on several occasions that it can not only handle situations in a timely manner, but more importantly, it can provide access to specialized knowledge that relates to a range of issues that are key to the success of my business.
Dorian Bolden | Owner, Beyù Caffe
I have had the pleasure to work with James on my company’s legal needs for over a year. At all times I have found James to be very knowledgeable, trustworthy and reliable. With his quick turnaround time, transparency and quality work, James has stood out as a rising star in the Triangle area. He is on a mission to provide the best value for his clients while constantly improving his services.
Andrew Riad | CEO, CreateSmart LLC
Our technology startup company was working with a large firm that did not fit our needs. We approached the Forrest Firm to revise documents we needed for an investor, and we were thrilled with the work James did. He gave us a good estimate of the number of hours he thought the work would take, happily worked closely with the investor, and made us comfortable with the entire process. We have since asked him to do all of the work our company needs.
Jennifer Job | CEO, Kamaya LLC
At networking events I find myself referring people to Forrest Firm all the time. My experience has been so great and it’s easy for me to encourage others toward the same.
Eli Hawkins | Founder, The Center for Communication and Advocacy
When choosing a firm for my start up business, I chose the Forrest Firm because I knew James was trustworthy. I’ve seen that they have my company’s best interests in mind — even if that means suggesting not proceeding with certain services that would profit them. I am also impressed with their responsiveness and accessibility. When speaking with other colleagues in my industry about their experiences with legal counsel, nothing compares to the Forrest Firm! Thank you James!
Melissa Holland | Manager, AP Reese, LLC
James is one of the most thorough attorneys I’ve known. He assisted me in development of several business startups and made the process clear, concise and complete. I would trust my business legal work with no one else.
Curt Robinson | President, SurfaceLinx
I am extremely appreciative of the work that Forrest Firm has provided me with regard to my contract needs. I have known James for many years and have the highest respect for him both personally and professionally. His firm provided me transparent fees without surprises and a high-quality product that was tailored to exactly what I needed. I would highly recommend him to other physicians for their contract and business needs.
Matt Oettinger | MD
James has been a tremendous asset to the FGI Research team. His expertise, integrity and responsiveness are off the charts. I highly recommend James and his team to growing companies in need of sound and strategic legal advice.
David Wilson | Chief Executive Officer, FGI Research
The Forrest Firm came highly recommended to our Alabama-based group that was introducing a new franchise to the Raleigh-Durham market. With this being a new venture, we had to ask a lot from our legal counsel…..…we needed to be able to manage our legal expenses without any big surprises and we required that they be accessible and responsive. Not only has James delivered but he has exceeded our expectations on all fronts. It is without reservation that I would recommend James and the Forrest Firm.
Mark Shoemaker | President, Iron Tribe Fitness (Raleigh-Durham)
Forrest Firm assisted our company with a critical product development and supply transaction. The deal involved two novel technology platforms, with the additional complexity of a smaller company (us) negotiating with a much bigger company. I was very pleased with how quickly James immersed himself in our business and the transaction. Throughout the process, James provided valuable insight on key legal issues and was extremely responsive and available to help our company get the deal done.
Luke Roush | Former Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Transenterix, Inc.
As an attorney in New York, I know I can trust Forrest Firm to provide my clients with the highest quality of service when they need something done in North Carolina. His work product and pricing are excellent. For many years I have trusted Forrest Firm with my clients as well as my personal business needs in the state.
Greg Boyd | Corporate Attorney, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
I have really enjoyed working with Forrest Firm and value the firm’s responsiveness and focus. As we worked through a very time sensitive negotiation, James and his team provided extremely quick turn around and helped us focus on the terms that mattered most to the business. I highly recommend Forrest Firm.
Dan Pollard | PhD, Chief Exeutive Officer, myDrugCosts, Inc.
In my opinion, James is a respected advisor, resilient business leader, and expert in corporate law. On multiple occasions, I have utilized Forrest Firm for sound legal advice within the life sciences industry and have always been pleased with his services. James takes time to put himself in my shoes and carefully consider the circumstances before providing guidance. He has been readily available when immediate legal advice was needed. It’s comforting to know I can rely on a legal professional that has similar values, beliefs and viewpoints, both personally and professionally. If you are seeking legal advice for a one-time situation or pursuing a long-term professional engagement, I highly recommend James and the Forrest Firm.
Mike Putnam | President, Sequence, Inc.
Infused Industries, Inc. is a startup phase software development company. Under James’ legal guidance, we have developed optimal corporate structure, defined and engaged in key partnerships, and successfully taken on angel investment. James has provided our company with above industry standard services and below industry standard prices. As a lean startup, James’ involvement has been invaluable and he has consistently exceeded our expectations. We look forward to continuing to grow our company with James indefinitely.
Arthur Tew | Chief Financial Officer, Infused Industries, Inc.
The best part of working with Forrest Firm is that James has a great business mind. He was able to quickly understand the nature of our unique business model, and as a result was able to help me think through the potential risks of our innovative approach and how to manage them effectively. Taking care of the legal aspects is obviously critical, but as a business attorney, James is in the middle of many businesses –and the resulting perspective he brings is incredibly valuable.
Mike Regan | Hunter Rowe Real Estate
When it comes to choosing an attorney, trust is high on the list of my priorities. Knowing the character and professionalism of James Forrest, I feel completely confident referring my friends, family, and business associates to James. James assisted my company with a potential divestiture in 2010. I was very impressed with James’ knowledge of the subject matter and his responsiveness to any and all questions I had. After working with other attorneys over the years, James is by far the most responsive and professional attorney I have worked with.
John Posey | President, Wake Senior Care, LLC
I’ve known James for many years and have had the opportunity to work with him professionally for quite some time. His integrity, quality of work, and responsiveness have far exceeded expectations. I’m glad to have him on my team, and can’t think of another firm I’d more highly recommend than the Forrest Firm.
David Mooring | President, BurlapSky, Inc.
Starting a new business in an a crowded specialty industry during a tough economic climate is intimidating, and finding excellent legal assistance is tantamount to the success of any new venture. James provided me and my partners with consistent, outstanding advice and fast, thorough service that has helped laid a solid groundwork for the business. I look forward to continuing a long-term relationship with James and his firm.
Erik Lars Myers | Chief Executive Officer, Mystery Brewing Company LLC
Understanding commercial leases can be a bit of a headache for a new business owner. We reached out to James for assistance on reviewing and amending a commercial lease as he came highly recommended. James was thorough, quick and took the time to understand what really needed to be addressed. We would highly recommend James for any real estate legal services.
Axel Kusber | Co-Owner, Human Performance Consulting, LLC/Athletic Lab
We have worked with James Forrest for over five years as a fellow service provider to a mutual client and as a client. James has always gone the extra mile for our business and our clients. I have personally found his entrepreneurial spirit and customer focus refreshing in the world of corporate law and big business. His partnership mentality allows his clients to move forward by welcoming challenges and acting now.
Rob Pulley | President, TM Solutions, LLC
Running a business successfully requires commitment to excellence and integrity in every aspect both from the internal team and its outside partners. Whether it’s the formation of a new entity or the drafting of an agreement, I turn to James Forrest and the Forrest Firm without hesitation. I know beyond any doubt that James will execute a request as if he was an owner in my company. Further, James and his team have on more than one occasion gone above and beyond the call of duty resulting in our company securing key contracts directly affecting our bottom line. Forrest Firm has been the key partner for our business.
Sam Fisher | Co-Founder and Manager, Lucas Gambit Records
We worked with James on a divestiture with a tight time line. The deal needed to close quickly and as such a great deal of the work had to be carried out over a holiday. James was very thorough and took the time necessary to make sure that we understood all of the details, even though time was in short supply. At the same time, he remained mindful of the deadline and worked late hours to make sure that we met that deadline. James was a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with him again in the future.
Will Godfrey | President, The Godfrey Group, a Gallo Company
Our team at Maupin Travel manages travel for companies and individuals, and we work with a wide range of customers, vendors, partners and employees. Our company’s need for legal counsel fluctuates dramatically – at times non-existent and other times requiring specific, time sensitive legal guidance. James and his team are dependable, responsive and have shown an ability to provide expert legal advice to a wide range of issues for us. By partnering with Forrest Firm our mid-sized company is able to punch above our weight from a legal perspective, which gives me great confidence and peace of mind.
Trevor Smith | President, Maupin Travel
Legal issues are critical in the clinical trials industry due to the risks and exposures inherent in the business. In addition, larger companies in the pharmaceutical and biologics industry are armed with sophisticated in-house counsel and procurement groups. James evened the playing field by providing expert advice and negotiating skills to obtain fair and reasonable terms. James demonstrated a great business sense by focusing on critical issues to close deals.
James Chopas | Former CFO, Cenduit LLC
The Summit Church is a large church with multiple properties under both lease and ownership. We have used Forrest Firm’s services with respect to developing leases, refinancing, and purchase agreements related to these properties, as well as all other legal matters relative to the church’s activities. The two factors that insure that we will continue to utilize Forrest Firm’s services are James’ thoroughness and his integrity. I have full confidence that any recommendation provided by James or his team will be one that has been completely analyzed and presents the best option for the church. Additionally I can without equivocation trust that James will always put the interests of the church first in his efforts to provide the best service.
Tim Jackson | Former CFO, The Summit Church
James was an excellent negotiator and advocate for my business when trying to sign a lease under difficult circumstances. He not only took the time to explain what I was signing, he also took the time to answer my questions thoroughly and to make sure I had a clear understanding of any revisions. I can say he is one of the few people I have encountered who understands the meaning of “fiduciary responsibility” and applies it to everything he does. I will use him as a valuable resource for my business in the future.
Diana Boos | President, Lap it Up Inc.
I have had the pleasure of working with James Forrest at the Forrest Firm on some business issues and have found his service to be everything larger firms are not: responsive, straight forward, good common sense advice — all at a reasonable price. I look forward to continuing this relationship in the future and highly recommend the firm.
Fred Bays | Health Care Executive
I met James at a pivotal time in my business—Trig Innovation had grown to where we needed to add employees, as well as adapt to emerging needs from new clients. James was incisive in solving these multiple challenges, and in doing so, took quite a bit of burden off of me, so that I could enjoy these opportunities to grow my business with great people, both internally and externally. He achieved these solutions by first doing a complete analysis of my existing contracts framework and then delivering new master services, professional services, and employment/contractor agreements, all of which created great flexibility for me and new engines for driving my company. Furthermore, he advised me on how to negotiate licensing agreements, a quite frequent issue with our business in product development and design. We find ourselves in a much more competitive position in the market because of the advice and work of Forrest Firm.
Ty Hagler | President and Founder, Trig Innovation
Forrest Firm has become our go-to option for all of our corporate legal needs. James is a skilled contract and transactional attorney, however, if we need an attorney with a different specialty (employment, litigation, intellectual property, etc.), we turn to James to refer us to someone that shares the value proposition James provides. We have seen excellent results from James’ team.
Jason Potts | President, Blink Facility Solutions
Very simply, I could not have launched my firm, Wilson Law, P.A., without the assistance of the Forrest Firm. In addition to producing a high-quality work product in an expeditious manner, James provided me sound advice. The Forrest Firm continues to assist me in navigating the waters of running a small business.
Kimberly R. Wilson | Managing Shareholder & President, Wilson Law P.A.
I have had the privilege of working with Forrest Firm on several legal projects encompassing a wide array of uniquely nuanced business propositions: franchise proposals impacted by nebulous case law, consulting relationships between corporations, and complex employment issues. The firm handled our matters with integrity, intelligence, and insight. I recommend the Forrest Firm to anyone in search of a team that can provide sophisticated legal counsel and adheres to the highest standard of personal ethics.
Alan Lassiter | MD, President, Lassiter International, Inc.
James has provided us with very knowledgeable and professional legal services and sound business advice since inception. He also understands the growing pains that start-ups experience and is focused on providing legal services that serve the client based on the client’s actual needs. We very much look forward to working with Forrest Firm well into the future and would highly recommend Forrest Firm to companies such as ours that are seeking sophisticated legal services without the unnecessary (and very costly) bells and whistles that other firms seek to provide.
Jeff Wolf | Chairman, Heat Biologics, Inc.
I am a first time business owner and I was in need of a solid contract that I can use for my existing and future customers. James worked with me in a very timely manner delivering exactly what I needed at a very reasonable price.
Dana Tiller | Owner, Advantage, Implementation and Development
I asked James to help me when I was considering the merger of my insurance agency with a much larger agency. James and I discussed in detail what I wanted to make sure was covered in the merger documents and he made sure that I understood every section of those documents. I knew the things that I was looking for but he also brought up other issues that he felt were important for me to consider and that would also protect me should issues arise after the merger was completed.
Chuck Kennedy | President, Admark Benefits Group, Inc.
Throughout our business relationship, Forrest Firm has demonstrated time and again the value they bring in providing sound counsel, bullet-proof work product, and creative thinking in the setup and growth of our company. James’ partnership, leadership, and dedication to the success of GDS Transnational are without question. I recommend Forrest Firm’s services without hesitation or reservation.
Ed Johnson | Chief Executive Officer, GDS Transnational
Forrest Firm assisted us with the incorporation/formation process, and they have continued to help us as we grow and expand. James and his team have great expertise and experience with helping growth companies like ours give proper attention to risk management.
John D. Shelburne | MD, President, SyncStudio Inc.
I started working with Forrest Firm before I started my company in 2011. James was an integral part in providing the necessary guidance and material enabling us to move forward with confidence. James’ experience and energy drew me to his firm, but it is his character and desire to work with me, and not for me, that will keep me going back to him.
Stephan J. Farrell | Founder, Savi Ops, LLC
I’m a small business owner and I didn’t require much work, but that didn’t make James treat me any different. You can tell he gives his clients, big or small, the professionalism and courtesy they deserve. I highly recommend his firm to anyone and I will continue to use his expert legal knowledge for many years.
Jong Tang | Director of Operations, Strive Physical Therapy & Fitness, Inc.
We are an independently owned automobile finance and personal loan company. We recently stumbled across an area where we felt we could be left quite vulnerable. We contacted Forrest Firm and explained what we needed in detail and that we needed a deliverable quickly. Forrest Firm accommodated our requirements promptly and prepared documents that were both protective and easy to understand. We will certainly recommend and use Forrest Firm again.
Kim Koehler | Administrative Controller, North State Acceptance, LLC
The Forrest Firm provided the legal services I needed to help launch my (and my wife’s) new business venture. The firm’s flexibility, timeliness and interest in our company goals made the firm a valuable member of our team. James particularly was willing to take the time to explain the legal implications and requirements of various legal options and offered recommendations to help establish the business in the best way possible. On a personal level, James is a great guy, a family man, and an overall pleasure to work with. I recommend James, especially for those looking for early stage guidance during those oftentimes intimidating moments of starting a business.
Michael Steinberg | Former Managing Partner, Goodies for Gifts, LLC
The Forrest Firm is who I rely on for everything legal. I have found them to be capable and responsive to my company’s needs. It is wonderful to have an advocate who will take the time to understand the challenges of my industry, let me know exactly what I can expect, and then deliver on each of the commitments they make. The personal character of James Forrest is clearly evidenced by the attorneys at Forrest Firm. The attorneys with whom I have been privileged to work through my relationship with the Forrest Firm are as solid as the man whose name graces the letterhead.
Stephen Lair | President, Lair Family Ventures LLC d/b/a Home Instead Senior Care
James has been excellent to work with. He has high integrity and ethics in his work. He is very responsive and has taken to the time to truly understand our needs as we setup a new LLC, developed standard contracts, and clarified insurance requirements.
Sarah Carnathan | President, Nutrition That Works, LLC
I recently worked with the Forrest Firm to incorporate my new business entity. James provided detailed instructions, options, and time lines that were accurate and right on the money. He knew exactly what I needed and provided the support when requested. I know he is there when I need him and I can count on his direction. I look forward to a continuing professional relationship with the Forrest Firm.
Miriam Donohue | President, Megeriann Corp.
I have truly enjoyed working with Forrest Firm. I own a small startup called Bee Downtown that installs and maintains beehives on the rooftops of companies. I was in desperate need of help in the creation of contracts for these hives so that I could start turning interest into sales but was unable find the right company to work with. I was introduced to Forrest Firm and was blown away by the team. Not only did they help me set up my initial documentation for the company in a matter of days, but they took it a step further and really got to know me and my business. They were genuinely excited to learn more about bees while working together and were so encouraging of what Bee Downtown is trying to do. Although I am a young entrepreneur with a small startup, Forrest Firm made me feel like I was their top priority at all times and for that I am grateful. I will continue to use Forrest Firm as Bee Downtown grows and without hesitation will recommend them to anyone looking for legal services in the future.
Leigh-Kathryn Bonner | President and CEO, Bee Downtown Inc.
Forrest Firm has been instrumental in helping our startup get off the ground. Of course they excel in providing outstanding legal guidance. They are always able to answer questions and provide legal counsel. That’s par for the course though really. What has really made the biggest impression is their approachability and care. Working with James, Jesse, and the rest of the team feels human as they all value their relationships with clients. We are grateful to James and his team for all they have done and we look forward to continuing our work them moving forward.
Makana Dumlao | Chief Executive Officer, Careify, Inc.
I have worked with James for over 10 years as a senior executive with Parata Systems and most recently as an independent consultant. James and other members of the Forrest Firm provide excellent legal advice in a very timely and professional manner. James has a significant business acumen which allows him to understand the tradeoffs between opportunities and legal/financial risk. This results in an informed/balanced recommendation that goes beyond just providing a strict legal opinion. The Forrest Firm is a reflection of James honesty, integrity and disciplined work ethic, which results in a true partnership.
Charles “De” Lelly | Consultant, Former Chief Customer Officer, Parata Systems, LLC
I have had the good fortune of working with James Forrest and Jesse Jones over the past year as my medical practice has grown. Their expertise not only in legal matters but also business development has had a measurable impact on the success of my practice and projects. Both attorneys have brought an impressive level of interpersonal warmth, clear communication and enthusiasm to all of our collaborations. Both are also very accessible and respond promptly and thoughtfully to emails or phone calls. I look forward to recommending them to many colleagues. Excellent group!
Dr. Karen Sullivan | President, Pinehurst Neuropsychology
I’ve been nothing but impressed with the attorneys that we’ve worked with at the Forrest Firm. Both James and Jeff have shown a keen understanding of deal structures and have been a true value added partner, with an emphasis on the word “partner” with our activities here at Sovereign’s Capital.
Henry Kaestner | Managing Partner, Sovereign’s Capital
Forrest Firm has been a reliable resource for our business over the years. James is knowledgeable and he has provided invaluable advice when helping us with risk management and contracts. He was also the voice of reason in a crises. He has introduced us to tremendous resources when we needed them and he was accessible. It was clear to us that James maintains a high standard of excellence for himself and for those who working with him. His fees were just what we expected and he worked efficiently to achieve our objectives.
Jennifer Spencer | Lead Broker/President, Spencer Properties
We are an early-stage international education company in Washington, D.C., and we work with Forrest Firm on everything from employer contracts to institutional MOUs. We have been extremely impressed with the flexibility, transparency and customer service of the Forrest Firm and highly recommend them to other early-stage, growing businesses.
G. Lawson Kuehnert | Chief Operating Officer, Atlantis Project/Washington, D.C.
The Forrest Firm has a unique approach to billing and contracts which is straight forward and frees us from the worry of cost over runs. However, a set affordable price for a lousy service is not a great deal. On several occasions James and his team have given excellent insight on difficult contracts and challenging situations. The Forrest firm couples excellent legal insight with ethics and integrity. I guess it should not be surprising but it is unusual to have the voice of truth and integrity coming from legal counsel. Straight forward pricing, excellent insight, coupled with integrity is what you get when you hire the Forrest Firm.
Phil Radford | PhD, Radeas Laboratories
We’ve worked with Jesse Jones for many years and he has taken the time to understand our business, how we work and what we need. Jesse is always thinking of things we don’t consider and has been very good at protecting our interests and our clients’ interests. Jesse is not only extremely responsive, he’s also been very accommodating in terms of deadlines – when we need quick turnaround, he does his best to make sure we get what we need when we need it. We definitely trust and rely on Jesse’s guidance and knowledge to help run our business.
Curt Sardeson | President, Open Sky Group
The Forrest Firm couples qualitatively excellent legal counsel for business with an equal emphasis on customer service. Such a combination is quite unique for the legal industry and really differentiates James and his team. I have no doubt that their practice and influence on the business community will continue to increase.
Brian Kinahan | Alliance Advisory
Having moved my company from another state, the Forrest firm did a superlative job of helping me negotiate the complex troubled legal waters. They were incredibly helpful, thoughtful, and timely to facilitate the transition. All of my communication was rapidly responded to, and of equal importance was they were very upfront about pricing and cost to do this, and what I thought was most reasonably priced based on the complexity of the task. On a personal note, they were most supportive and really easy to work with. Their punctual follow-ups, and insightful information was most appreciated. I highly recommend this firm, especially after having worked with many other firms over the years.
Jerrold Levy | MD, DocMD Inc
I have nothing but great things to say about Forrest Firm. As a first-time entrepreneur, having a team of attorneys that I can trust to steer me in the right direction is paramount. Forrest Firm, specifically Jesse Jones, goes above and beyond to provide the best possible service to clients. With Forrest Firm, you get a team of seasoned attorneys that place every client as their top priority.
Jared Childs | Pitch & Primer, Inc.
My experience with Forrest Firm was very easy and straightforward. Jesse and his group were very personable and informative.
Jeff Kellam | Founder, Sneaky Bits
We’ve been so pleased working with Jesse. He is very knowledgeable and responsive. If he doesn’t know something he doesn’t try to fake it (which we appreciate!) but finds the right person to get the answer and gets back to us. He is really good at explaining things to us in plain English – really important for as first time software entrepreneurs!
Karen Hohenstein | Founder, MDinterconnect
Working with Jesse has been great. It’s good to find someone who takes the time to get to know you, goes beyond the baseline expectations, and shows up at community events. I’m seeing more and more entrepreneurs and small business owners working with Forrest Firm.
Jay Dawkins | Founder, Cityzen Solutions, Inc.
Jesse is on the pulse of our business as a growing startup company and has proven to be a vital extension of our team in helping to navigate challenges and opportunities as they arise. He understands the rapid pace of a startup and has demonstrated ability to roll up sleeves and move quickly when needed. Forrest Firm makes it clear that they value our business and want to be the partner that helps us to grow to become an impactful leader in our industry.
Braden Rawls | CEO and Co-Founder of Vital Plan
Forrest Firm has a sharp team with the expertise to get the job done efficiently. I have had the opportunity to work with James and Jesse, and I am impressed by their commitment to understand my organization’s needs as well as the specific nuances and objectives of each transaction. While we have only recently started working together, the Forrest Firm team is quickly earning a place as a key strategic advisor and active contributor to organizational success.
Ben Blankenship | Chief Operating Officer, Unique Places
My wine importing/distributing company needed legal advice as we positioned ourselves for growth during the past year. James suggested that we meet, initially, as a group to openly discuss the issues. About 15 minutes into our session, I realized that we had caring attorneys who were willing to go above and beyond the norm to understand our needs, carefully assess them and find reasonable solutions. It has been an absolute pleasure working with John Lindsey, who has remained accessible, compassionate and incredibly fair with his fees.
Tom McGraw | Founder, Conquista Imports, LLC
I referred James and the Forrest Firm team into a recent business sale transaction. I was the sell-side investment banker in the transaction, and my client was a manufacturing firm. As the investment banker, I find it is important for the client to be represented by an experienced Mergers & Acquisitions attorney and for the client, attorney and investment banker to have an orchestrated strategy throughout the business sale process. The Forrest Firm provided the experience and sound legal counsel that my client required. In addition, James proved to be an adapt partner to work with, and leverage, throughout the transaction. I would not hesitate to partner with the Forrest Firm in another transaction in the future.
Clint Bundy | Bundy Group, Mergers & Acquisitions / Capital Raises
My firm, a boutique professional services firm focused on finance and technology solutions has been working with ForrestFirm since 2012. We’ve got hundreds of clients all over North America and need James and his team’s assistance working through contracts with new clients on a regular basis. They are very timely with responses to our requests and help to keep us focused on our business, not the gritty details of contracts.
Bill Rausch | Managing Director, Bright Point Consulting
I’m very grateful to James Forrest and the team at the Forrest Firm for even suggesting the HR Audit to us. The audit uncovered some critical areas we needed to address—it’s really hard to stay up on regulations that apply, especially as you exceed regulatory agency thresholds from revenue growth. When you’re growing, you tend to think about all sorts of things, and clearing new regulatory obstacles isn’t usually one of them. I’m grateful that my legal partner is turning my attention to HR periodically.
Tom Mizelle | Executive Pastor, Daystar Church
The Forrest Firm attorneys address all of those areas where trouble could be lurking—from a risk management perspective—and you’d never know it until it’s too late. Like many companies, we like to think our people are our strongest asset. The HR audit enabled us to better take care of them and keep them informed of key policies and procedures that affect their daily performance.
Troy Meachum | ACR Supply Co.
NSA had historically engaged several different law firms across multiple states. Forrest Firm’s fractional in house counsel model allowed us to centralize the legal function, make our legal spend predictable monthly and annually, and has given our executives the freedom to reach out to legal counsel liberally.
David Farmer | CFO, North State Acceptance, LLC
We are a young technology company in the food and beverage industry that is typically dominated by larger firms. Throughout our start, James and his team at Forrest Firm have been a great resource and instrumental in assisting our growth. With the managed legal services package from them, we have been able to keep pace with our clients’ legal demands on a predictable and affordable budget. From tasks as simple as confidentiality agreements to as complex as license agreements, Forrest Firm has always made our needs a priority and delivered top tier legal advice and services. I’m grateful to have such a dynamic and talented team representing my interests while maintaining a personal touch and forward looking approach. With James and Jesse in my corner, I know that I can focus on my core business without having to second guess any legal issues. Keep up the good work!
Michael Druga | Chief Executive Officer,
I was very pleased with Mr. Howes and the firm. Mr. Howes listened and offered suggestions, never pushing his opinion. He was willing to work with schedules and planning. I walked out of the meetings never feeling rushed and that what I said was listened to and acted on. I would highly recommend this firm to others.
Gary LaMunion | Forrest Firm Estate Planning Client