Business North Carolina has named eight Forrest Firm attorneys to its 2019 list of the state’s Legal Elite. The 2019 Forrest Firm honorees are James Forrest, Leslie Lasher, Cory Howes, Rachel Blunk, John Love, John Burns, Grey Littlewood, and Jason Pfister.
The Legal Elite seeks to identify the very best of business law in our state. Business North Carolina surveys every active lawyer in North Carolina to find which of their colleagues they rate among the highest in several business-related categories. It is an entirely peer-driven recognition, designed to identify the attorneys that other attorneys consider the best in their respective areas of expertise.
Having eight lawyers on this prestigious list is a new record for the Forrest Firm. The 2019 Legal Elite winners will feature in this month’s edition of Business North Carolina magazine.
James R. Forrest, Corporate
James Forrest is founder and Principal Attorney of the Forrest Firm. He was previously named to Business North Carolina’s Business Law Hall of Fame. James has led the Forrest Firm to become one of the fastest-growing law firms in the state and the currently the only law firm in NC to operate as a certified B Corporation. In his law practice, James focuses on managing strategic transactions and developing risk management strategies. He earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill.
Leslie P. Lasher, Employment
Leslie Lasher advises public and private employers, executives, and entrepreneurs on issues related to employment law compliance. She has extensive knowledge about state and federal employment laws, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, and NC REDA. Leslie regularly reviews employment, incentive, and severance agreements in an effort to prevent litigation and, should it arise, minimize impact on everyday operations. She helps clients create fair workplaces that are well-equipped to meet the needs of today’s workers. Leslie graduated cum laude from the Elon University School of Law in Greensboro.
Cory Howes, Tax–Estate Planning
Cory Howes provides clients with customized estate and business planning services, as well as assistance with estate administration, probate, and trust administration. Cory works with families, business owners, entrepreneurs, and executives. He brings more than a decade of financial, tax, and legal experience to his role in advising Forrest Firm clients. Cory earned his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.
Rachel Blunk, Young Guns
Rachel Blunk serves as Forrest Firm’s Managing Attorney for the Greensboro and Charlotte offices. In her practice, she focuses on a variety of business needs that clients have, including civil litigation and business law. Rachel handles business disputes in matters such as breach of contract, enforcing and defending non-competes, and intellectual property infringement. She earned her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill.
John D. Love, Business Law
John Love counsels clients on entity formation, reorganization, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate transactions. He also works with clients to develop estate plans and achieve wealth transfer goals, and advises on a variety of tax- and finance-related matters. John earned his law degree from Campbell University in Raleigh.
John D. Burns, Litigation
John Burns represents clients in a wide variety of matters involving commercial litigation, arbitrations, and appeals. He brings over 20 years of knowledge and experience as a practicing attorney in North Carolina. Many of John’s clients are in the financial services industry, with needs spanning contract disputes, loan workouts, commercial foreclosures and construction contracting disputes. He has also worked with clients in bankruptcy proceedings across the state. John earned his law degree at the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem.
Grey Littlewood, Real Estate and Young Guns
Grey Littlewood focuses his practice on commercial real estate, investment, finance, and leasing. He represents lenders, investors, entrepreneurs and businesses in all matters related to acquiring, developing, and leasing commercial properties. Grey also has experience advising and representing clients in land use and valuation matters. He earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill.
Jason Pfister, Real Estate
Jason Pfister advises and represents clients in a variety of areas related to commercial real estate, including dispute resolutions, commercial litigation, land use and development. He offers counsel on various types of commercial disputes, such as breach of contract, fiduciary duties, shareholders agreements, and unfair trade practices. Jason also likes to focus on risk management with his clients, while advising their interests proactively if litigation proves strategically wise or inevitable. He earned his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem.
“I’m thrilled to see so many Forrest Firm attorneys recognized in the 2019 Legal Elite” said Forrest. “This honor is especially meaningful for all of us named, because the recognition comes from our peers. As we continue to grow our team, we can continue to look at these honorees as examples of lawyers who are committed to their clients and their craft.”