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.
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.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1981
University of Virginia, M.A., 1978
University of Kentucky, B.A., 1975
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
Former Chairman of the Corporate House Counsel Section, Kentucky Bar Association
Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America, Franchising
AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Jefferson County Bar Association
International Franchise Association
American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
June 14, 2019 | Press Releases
Firm’s Successful and Growing Franchise & Hospitality Industry Team Welcomes Forrest Ragsdale ...