Forrest Firm’s Jones Selected as 2018 E. A. Morris Fellow

The E. A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, a prestigious program for young leaders across North Carolina, has selected Forrest Firm attorney Andy Jones as a 2018 fellow.

Operating under the auspices of the John Locke Foundation, an independent, non-profit think tank based in Raleigh, the E. A. Morris Fellowship focuses on equipping a base of young leaders with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to bring together public and private institutions to solve key problems in North Carolina. Alumni of the fellowship program includes notable entrepreneurs, professionals, and executives from the private sector, as well as public servants from state and local government.

The E. A Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, which is underwritten by the E.A. Morris Foundation, honors the life and legacy of North Carolina textile executive Edwin A. Morris, credited with turning Wrangler jeans into a marketing sensation and competitor with offerings from the market leaders, Levi’s and Lee. Morris achieved fame in the industry by enlisting a roster of celebrities, including Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, as well as world-champion cowboys, to wear-test and endorse Wrangler jeans.

Morris’s namesake foundation has funded the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Care Center, Washington & Lee University, the John Locke Foundation, and many other ventures and programs.

Andy Jones joined the Forrest Firm’s Wilmington office last fall after practicing for four years as a business attorney and litigator in the Cape Fear region. He maintains a diverse practice focused on civil litigation and business law. In his litigation practice, Mr. Jones represents clients in matters involving all forms of civil and commercial disputes, from pre-filing negotiations to appeals. In addition, Mr. Jones provides business counsel to North Carolina for-profit and non-profit businesses, entrepreneurs, and executives, with an emphasis on formations, complex commercial contract negotiations, mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic transactions. He regularly provides outside legal counsel to clients in the transportation, food and beverage, technology, CRO, and construction industries, among others.  Jones also advises families on estate planning and administration matters.

Mr. Jones earned his juris doctor degree (magna cum laude) in 2013 from Elon University’s School of Law in Greensboro where he was a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship (full merit-based scholarship), Articles Editor of the Elon Law Review, and a member of the Moot Court Board. He graduated from Davidson College in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Jones actively serves the Wilmington community. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc., a non-profit providing substance abuse, mental health, and crisis intervention services throughout Eastern North Carolina. An Eagle Scout, he also serves on the Executive Board of the Cape Fear Council, Boy Scouts of America. In his professional associations, Mr. Jones is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and Co-Chair of the Meetings & Conventions Committee of the NCBA Young Lawyers’ Division.

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