Former Lt Gov joins national government relations firm

Former Lt. Gov. Dan Forest joins Michael Best Strategies

RALEIGH — Dan Forest, the first Republican in North Carolina’s history to serve two terms as lieutenant governor, is joining Michael Best Strategies. Forest, who lost to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper in 2020, will be a senior advisor in the company’s Raleigh office.  

In his role at Michael Best Strategies, Forest will lead the development of a bipartisan team of professionals focused on serving clients with government relations and public affairs needs in North Carolina’s State Capitol. “Dan is a proven leader, and we welcome him to our team,” said Rob Marchant, President of Michael Best Strategies. “We know that his experience and commitment to the state of North Carolina will be of great value to our clients.”   

In addition to his work with Michael Best Strategies, Dan assists in driving forward the law firm’s strategic growth plan in North Carolina, with a focus on client development and talent acquisition. “We’re excited to add Dan to our leadership team in North Carolina,” said Andy Jones, North Carolina Managing Partner for Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP. “Dan’s record of service and deep network across the state will help us continue to build our entrepreneurial-minded team of professionals and round out our ability to provide full-service solutions to our clients.” 

“I’m thrilled to be joining the accomplished team at Michael Best,” said Forest in a statement. “It’s an honor to be part of a dynamic and growing group of professionals serving clients at the highest level, and I look forward to bringing my insight and experience to the table and doing great work on behalf of our clients.” 

Forest spent most of his career as an architect, becoming a senior partner in one of the nation’s largest architecture firms. He managed design teams in Corporate, Education, College and University, and Cultural Projects for numerous clients across the nation. 

Michael Best Strategies also employs Reince Priebus, who served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee and was former President Donald Trump’s first chief of staff.