jamesJames R. Forrest, founder and principal at the Forrest Firm, PC, has again been recognized among North Carolina’s Legal Elite in Business North Carolina magazine.

For the fourth consecutive year, the magazine has named Forrest to its list of the top lawyers in North Carolina. For its annual ranking of the best practicing lawyers in the state, Business North Carolina conducted a peer nomination survey with more than 20,000 N.C. attorneys. Those receiving the most votes comprise the Legal Elite – less than three percent of the thousands of attorneys practicing in the state.

According to Business North Carolina magazine, the Legal Elite represents “the lawyers their peers think are the best at what they do.” The magazine places a premium on listing the best attorneys—not necessarily the best-known or most influential—as a measurement of their legal expertise and proficiency in the law.

The 2015 Legal Elite list is featured in the December 2014 edition of Business North Carolina.

“Next to the testimonial of a satisfied client, recognition from our peers in the legal profession brings us the greatest honor as attorneys,” stated Forrest. “This award is a reflection of the great work of the entire Forrest Firm team over the last year. Our team continues to forge a new way forward in legal services through a sustained commitment to high-touch client service, sophisticated counsel, and customized solutions for our clients.”

Founded in January 2011, the Forrest Firm serves businesses in the Triangle area, as well as clients based in Charlotte, Wilmington, and other regions of North Carolina. The firm’s diverse client roster includes a host of startups and mature companies in sectors key to the Tar Heel State’s economic performance, including information technology, healthcare, research, manufacturing, and logistics.

Core practice areas of the Forrest Firm include company formation, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, and contracts. Other Forrest Firm attorneys include Jeffrey Wolfe, John Lindsey, and Mimi Soule.

For a complete list of the honorees of Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, visit the magazine’s website at