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Forrest is an experienced legal advisor, with a particular focus in the areas of franchising and chain store development. He has served as general counsel of two national restaurant brands and has worked with many other companies in the retail, restaurant and hospitality sectors. He has extensive experience with substantial business transactions, corporate governance matters, corporate real estate, dispute resolution, risk management, intellectual property, corporate compliance and other issues related to the growth and development of consumer brands. He regularly counsels senior executives and boards of directors on legal matters, and strategies necessary to achieve business objectives.

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Legal Work Highlights

Handled large scale refranchising programs for several national restaurant brands.

Managed the legal aspects of the successful emergence from bankruptcy of a national restaurant chain.

Integrated legal, risk management, security and other functions of two national restaurant brands into a larger holding company structure.

Served as outside general counsel for a national consumer products company, and handled the transfer of its business to a strategic acquirer.

Worked with a growing hospitality company to build a national chain of extended stay hotels.

Worked to establish system-wide purchasing cooperatives for national franchise brands.


Law School

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1981

Graduate School

University of Virginia, M.A., 1978

Undergraduate School

University of Kentucky, B.A., 1975

Bar Memberships

Forrest is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Kentucky, 2019


Forrest is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky


Local & National Recognition

Former Chairman of the Corporate House Counsel Section, Kentucky Bar Association

Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America, Franchising

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Jefferson County Bar Association

International Franchise Association

American Bar Association Forum on Franchising

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Shepherd’s House, Inc., Founding Member of the Board of Directors & Member of the Executive Committee

Health Kentucky, Inc., Former General Counsel

Community Montessori School, Former Board Chairman,

Louisville Ballet, Former Board Member

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