FORREST FIRM CERTIFIED AS B CORPORATION, NC’s LARGEST LAW FIRM TO RECEIVE DESIGNATION
May 2, 2016
Known more commonly as “B-Corps,” benefit companies that achieve and maintain this distinction operate for profit, but also for the benefit of their clients, employees and the world around them. B-Corps are independently certified by B Lab, a non-profit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Certified B Corps meet and maintain rigorous standards for social and environmental performance, employee satisfaction, accountability, and transparency.
The Forrest Firm is now North Carolina’s largest law firm to be certified as a B Corp, and the 2nd law firm in NC to receive this recognition.
The B Corp certification process with B Lab, from initial assessment to final certification occurred over the last 12 months. B Lab reviewed the Forrest Firm’s practices, policies, and operating procedures in a variety of areas, including sustainability, social and environmental responsibility, hiring practices, work-place environment, compensation and benefits structure, as well as its work and volunteerism with the community.
The Forrest Firm launched in 2011 with a mission of providing sophisticated counsel and client-centric, customized solutions to entrepreneurs and executives, challenging the traditional tensions that exist between traditional corporate law firms and clients. The firm’s innovative commitments to responsiveness, accessibility and predictable pricing have set them apart in the NC legal market. The firm has developed a number of services, including startup packages and fractional in-house counsel services, designed to give private sector companies, as well as non-profits, greater access to legal services normally reserved for much larger organizations.
According to founder and principal attorney James Forrest, the B Corp certification is an affirmation of the firm’s previously existing commitment to clients, employees and the community. “From the beginning, we have dedicated ourselves to building a different kind of law firm, one that’s more focused on combining sophisticated legal services with extraordinary focus on client needs,” said Forrest. “As we went about that mission, and saw the market respond in a meaningful way to it, we also realized that we have a very serious commitment in our DNA to creating healthy and sustainable work environments for attorneys and for positively impacting our community. Our attorneys enjoy a work from anywhere environment as well as an unlimited vacation/PTO policy. We are actively involved in our communities through boards and volunteer activities. When we learned about B Corps, we thought their standards aptly described our firm in many ways – and they’ll also push us to continue to get better!”
The roster of B Corps in the Tar Heel State contains nearly three dozen companies, including Forrest Firm clients Riley Life Logistics, Vital Plan, and Spotlight Solar, as well as friends of the firm, The Redwoods Group, Adam Shay, CPA, PLLC, and HQ Raleigh.
About the Forrest Firm, P.C.
The Forrest Firm is a full-service corporate law firm and certified B Corporation 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.
James Forrest, Principal Attorney