ForrestC-level attorney handling legal, compliance and HR for cannabis
Managing a legal team, Providing advice and counsel to different departments, Resolving pre-litigation disputes
Forrest is a licensed attorney with 7+ years of cannabis experience working for both a private law firm and public cannabis company.
Currently, he is the Sr. VP of Corporate and Legal Affairs for a nationally recognized, vertically integrated cannabis company where he built and managed the legal team of 25 from the ground up.
For the last 5 years at a cannabis company, Forrest has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the legal, compliance, and human resources functions, including M&A, financings, contracts, litigation, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, licensing, real estate transactions, and intellectual property.
He proactively resolves pre-litigation disputes while overseeing a litigation case load with 30+ active claims nationwide.
His day-to-day responsibilities include providing advice and counsel to all departments and touching on all legal matters, including contract negotiation, and public company requirements.
He also supports mergers and acquisitions, partners cross-functionally to support the compliance and licensing teams, assists human resources with labor and employment issues, and manages litigation.
Forrest led a complex roll-up in advance of a go-public transaction, took the company public through a reverse takeover transaction, and successfully structured and closed 30+ transactions with over $1B of transaction value, having a 100% success rate and receiving regulatory approvals in 7 states.
Forrest is a trusted adviser to the board of directors and senior leadership on best practices, corporate governance, and fiduciary duties, while managing the corporate structure of 100+ subsidiary entities.
With a background in litigation and corporate advice and counsel, he brings a unique cannabis industry experience gained by working on the ground floor of a cannabis start-up, building it to a nationally recognized brand.
Forrest was also a Corporate Associate for a private law firm, advising cannabis clients and investors on commercial contracts, M&A, joint ventures, entity formation, and intellectual property.
He managed 100+ active clients on an ongoing basis.
Forrest holds an undergraduate degree in business management and a Master of Business Administration.
He understands the intricacies of a fast-paced and dynamic business.