Understanding Damages (or Is it worth filing a lawsuit?)

Overview Civil & Commercial Litigation, & ADR – Understanding Damages (or Is it worth filing a lawsuit?) Damages are monetary re-compensation sought, and potentially recovered, through a civil or commercial claim and resulting litigation for injuries or wrongs incurred, which have a financial value or set statutory means of recovery....

The Use of Access Licenses to Protect Landowners, and Their Insurance Policie

Overview Real Estate and Property Law (Premises Liability) – The Use of Access Licenses to Protect Landowners, and Their Insurance Policies With the tail end of winter upon us, one question I’ve been getting regularly, including the recent North Carolina State Bar Call4All Justice Program, is: are landowners who allow...

An Intro to North Carolina Brownfield Redevelopment

Overview Construction, Environmental, Water, and Energy Law – An Intro to North Carolina Brownfield Redevelopment A “brownfields site” is defined as an abandoned, idle, or underused property where environmental contamination, even if it is perceived/expected but not yet proven, has hindered its redevelopment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began the...

California’s Stringent Strict Product Liability Laws And Theories Of Recovery May Affect An NC Designer, Manufacturer, Or Distributor

Overview Product Liability Law – California’s Stringent Strict Product Liability Laws And Theories Of Recovery May Affect An North Carolina Designer, Manufacturer, Or Distributor So your business manufacturers a product, good, or gear in North Carolina, maybe its bike components, furniture, or something else you plan to sell nationwide. Or,...

The Growing Independent Contractor Employee Trend

Overview There is a growing trend of employers hiring employees as independent contractors for tax and benefit savings to the business. However, proper classification of workers as employees or independent contractors is essential because of potential federal and state tax, benefits, and overtime liabilities. First, an employer needs to evaluate...

Negligence Liability Defense

It is vital for any outdoor recreation company or outfitter, and gear manufacturer and/or seller, to be aware of simple steps it should take to decrease liability and, more importantly, potential injuries to customers and clients. In addition to recommended assumption of risk and liability waivers, the first steps should...

Municipal Law, Zoning, Takings & Eminent Domains

Asheville is a happening city, and because of that interest and energy ever growing.  Forrest has been involved in city and community development roles, and worked with both local and state municipalities in development, construction, and conservation matters.  He appreciates the hands-on approach the City of Asheville, and the surrounding...