DSC_4526 (3)APRIL 13, 2016 (DURHAM, NC) James Forrest, founder and principal attorney at the Forrest Firm, P.C., announces the addition of attorney Aaron Gard to advise the firm’s diverse roster of business clients in North Carolina.

The Forrest Firm, based in the state’s Research Triangle region, is a provider of corporate legal services to entrepreneurs, investors, and executives. The firm works in multiple areas relevant to businesses at every stage of their life cycles. Core practice areas include business formation, angel and venture financings, intellectual property, commercial real estate, employment, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, tax, contract negotiation, and dispute resolution.

Mr. Gard brings an entrepreneur’s perspective to his work as an attorney, from his leadership in Durham-based multimedia company  GreatestFan is known by fan bases from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for its Blue Blood Rivalry family of brands.

Mr. Gard began his legal career in Jones Day’s Houston, Texas office in 2002, focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas industry, in addition to his duties in general corporate practice. He returned to the Triangle in 2007, joining Wyrick Robbins Yates and Ponton LLP. While at Wyrick Robbins, Mr. Gard continued his corporate and M&A practice, expanding into more diverse sectors including healthcare, research and publishing, manufacturing and waste management. His practice also expanded into capital markets.

In 2009, Mr. Gard helped found while simultaneously working with Chapel Hill’s Life Sciences Law, PLLC, where he handled contracting for a variety of pharmaceutical and biotechnology organizations.  Mr. Gard also served as in-house counsel for the global investment bank Credit Suisse in their Center of Excellence in Raleigh, NC where he negotiated complex derivative documentation with hedge fund clients.

Mr. Gard received his law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University in 2002.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1997 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a four year letterman on the varsity soccer team.  Mr. Gard is a member of the North Carolina and Texas Bars and the Durham County Bar Association.

“We are thrilled to bring Aaron Gard to the Forrest Firm team,” said Forrest. “Our clients will resonate with his diverse experience as an attorney and entrepreneur. Aaron brings a stellar track record of advising clients on complex contractual matters, and his practice in mergers and acquisitions, with particular leadership in due diligence activities, will help the Forrest Firm continue to raise the bar in corporate legal service.”

About the Forrest Firm, P.C.
The Forrest Firm is a full-service corporate law firm based in Durham, North Carolina. The firm endeavors to provide corporate legal services in a manner that consistently exceeds client expectations, to create a healthy, sustainable work environment for its professionals, and to positively impact the surrounding community.

Media Contact:
James Forrest, Principal Attorney
Phone: 919-313-4707