Five Forrest Firm Attorneys Named to 2018 Super Lawyers

The Forrest Firm is pleased to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the annual ranking of North Carolina attorneys by Super Lawyers magazine. Among the honored attorneys are Greg Herman-GiddensJeff Wolfe, Jason Pfister, Leslie Lasher, and James Forrest.

The magazine’s four-part selection process yields an annual listing of “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars,” the latter comprised of attorneys either under the age of 40 or with less than 10 years in practice. The process consists of peer nominations from fellow North Carolina attorneys, independent research by an attorney-led team, peer evaluation by practice area, and finally a selection geared by firm sizes to allow for representation across the legal community in its entirety.

Two Forrest firm attorneys, Greg Herman-Giddens and Jason Pfister, earned the distinction of Super Lawyer.

Greg Herman-Giddens is a 2018 Super Lawyer in estate planning. In December 2016, he joined the Forrest Firm in an of counsel role and launched the firm’s Chapel Hill office.  Mr. Herman-Giddens provides counsel to clients on matters related to estate planning and trust and estate administration, and he also serves as an expert witness in trust and estate litigation cases. A four-time Super Lawyers honoree, Mr. Herman-Giddens holds law degrees from the University of Miami School of Law and the Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans.

Jason Pfister is a 2018 Super Lawyer in business litigation. He joined the Forrest Firm in the summer of 2017, leading the firm’s dispute resolution matters. Mr. Pfister counsels clients on risk management and dispute resolution, while advancing client interests proactively when litigation proves strategically wise or unavoidable. He represents clients in North Carolina’s federal and state courts, including the North Carolina Business Court, in various types of commercial disputes, including matters arising out of breach of contract, fiduciary duties, unfair trade practices, real estate, promissory notes, guarantees, commercial leases, shareholders agreements, and governing documents for closely-held entities. In addition, Mr. Pfister counsels clients on all aspects related to the development of real estate, including land use, zoning, acquisition and leasing of commercial properties. Mr. Pfister earned his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem.

Three Forrest Firm attorneys—Leslie Lasher, Jeff Wolfe, and firm founder James Forrest—earned the Rising Star distinction from Super Lawyers.

Leslie Lasher is a Rising Star in Super Lawyers for the fifth consecutive year in the area of employment law. Since joining the firm in the summer of 2016, Ms. Lasher has represented public and private employers, entrepreneurs, and executives.  She primarily advises clients on issues related to compliance with state and federal employment laws, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, and NC REDA, and regularly drafts and negotiates employment contracts. In addition, Ms. Lasher has pioneered the Forrest Firm’s HR/Employment Audits, positioning firm clients proactively for employment-related risk management and more competitive, fair workplaces. Ms. Lasher earned her law degree from the Elon University School of Law in Greensboro.

Jeff Wolfe, a three-time honoree by Super Lawyers, is a Rising Star in the area of business law. An attorney at the Forrest Firm since 2014, Mr. Wolfe advises and counsels businesses in an array of industries, covering entire lifecycle of for profit and non-profit entities, including formation, financing, day-to-day contracts, and exits. Mr. Wolfe has served as a business mentor and coach for companies participating in Triad Startup Weekend, Creative Startups, and the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center. Mr. Wolfe graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem.

James Forrest, recognized for the fourth time in his career by Super Lawyers, is a Rising Star in corporate law. Mr. Forrest founded the Forrest Firm in 2011. In addition to his duties leading one of North Carolina’s fastest-growing law firms and the largest law firm to operate as a certified B corporation, Mr. Forrest focuses his law practice on matters related to strategic transactions for the firm’s clients. Mr. Forrest earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill.