Goldberg Segalla added partner Laura M. Forrest to the firm’s Global Insurance Services group in Raleigh.
Laura has over 20 years of experience counseling and defending clients in matters related to insurance coverage, construction disputes, and other civil litigation. She focuses her practice on representing insurers in insurance coverage litigation arising under a variety of policies, including commercial general liability, homeowners, automobile, umbrella, and other policies. She also devotes a portion of her practice to representing community and homeowners’ associations through North Carolina, resolving disputes between associations and developers, and educating homeowner’s association board members on evolving legal risks and responsibilities. She also has experience in general liability defense spanning motor vehicle negligence, premises liability, and more. Laura has first-chaired jury and bench trials, argued hundreds of motions, and managed cases from inception through trial.
Laura is a Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP) and speaks frequently on a national level with CLM regarding insurance coverage matters and other topics relevant to the insurance industry. In addition to her years in private practice, Laura draws on experience as a former staff attorney with Fulton County, North Carolina, and as a former staff member of the North Carolina National Guard, where she provided soldiers and their families with information regarding family law, consumer law, estate planning/administration, taxes, immigration, landlord/tenant issues, and military law. Laura is also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, Tenth Judicial District Bar Association, Wake County Bar Association, and the Claims Litigation and Management Alliance.
Laura received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and her juris doctor from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. While attending law school, she was a founding member of the Board of Advocates and served as the managing editor of the Public Interest Law Journal formerly known as the Poverty Law Journal.