Jen Hoverstad originally joined Forrest Firm in 2016 in an of counsel role, primarily advising the employment law practice and leading technology-based initiatives for the firm.
In 2018, Jen moved into a full-time role, expanding her practice to advise entrepreneurs and executives in estate planning.
Jen brings a wealth of experience in developing relationships and strategies for a diverse roster of companies, including Chick-fil-A, Counter Culture Coffee, North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, and The Wolfpack Club. While her background includes consulting, Jen has served on in-house leadership teams where she has been able to advise business owners and senior leaders on a variety of business needs, including human resources, compliance, training, client services, and marketing.
Jen began her legal career as a litigator at the Raleigh law firm of Rik Lovett & Associates in 2011, where she partnered directly with clients, from initial intake to post-trial, to represent their best interests against opposing parties. Since then, she has worked as a practicing lawyer and in several executive roles in the corporate sector, including human resources, compliance, marketing, and client service.
In addition to practicing law, Jen is a motivational speaker. She uses her journey of being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34 to remind people that they have the opportunity to have a positive influence on every person they meet every day.
♦ J.D., Elon University School of Law
- Moot Court Board
- Study Abroad: Vietnam, Singapore with Elon MBA students
♦ M.S., Sports Studies, University of Tennessee
♦ B.S., Business Management – Marketing, North Carolina State University
- Inaugural recipient of Mathews Medal Award
- Student Body Chief Justice
Community and Volunteer Activities
♦ A.E. Finley YMCA, 2018 Annual Fund Captain
♦ City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, Cultural Resources, and Greenway Advisory Board, Member 2013 – present
♦ Edenton Street United Methodist Church
- Church Council, Member
- Nursery Preschool Council, Member
♦ Susan G. Komen – Triangle to Coast Chapter, Race Strategy Council Member