C. Forbes Sargent III


C. Forbes Sargent III is chair of the firm's Corporate Department and co-chair of the firm's Employment Law and Social Media and Digital Technology Practice Groups. His practice includes general representation of emerging and established businesses in all areas, including business formation, bank and venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and sales and distribution contracts. He represents clients in shareholder issues, including buy-sell agreements and shareholder disputes, with an emphasis on closely held businesses.

With a clientele that includes a number of technology companies, Forbes practices extensively in the intellectual property area, including copyrights, trademarks, Internet law, advertising law, and technology issues including software licensing. He also represents a number of product developers and manufacturers, including those in the food product industry.

Forbes also advises a variety of nonprofit corporations, including schools, social service agencies, and local affiliates of national charities on general corporate and charitable matters including entity formation, charitable and tax-exempt qualification, corporate and governance issues, executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions, and financial restructuring and dissolution.

Forbes serves on the Governing Board of Lexwork Americas, a strategic alliance of over twenty mid-sized law firms throughout the United States, Canada, and Central and South America. Lexwork Americas is affiliated with Lexwork International, with law firms in over 36 countries worldwide.

Colleagues describe Forbes as sincere and genuine in his commitment to his family and to charitable activities, particularly for The American Cancer Society. He spends much of his free time volunteering in his town, Milton, MA.

 Representative Experience

  • Represented startups in many industries including software, hi-tech, new product developers and app developers including organization, financing, contracts and general representation.
  • Represented multiple restaurants and retail businesses in private offerings.
  • Represented a number of real estate companies in connection with real estate joint ventures.
  • Merger of a number of affiliate organizations into single state affiliate of national charity, including negotiations with the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General
  • Charitable organizations in investigations by Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, including whistleblower claims, failure to disclose, related party transactions and failure to operate in accordance with charitable purpose
  • Negotiated contracts, including employment, consulting, distribution and licensing for a multitude of industries

 Speaking Engagements and Publications

 Community Involvement

  • American Cancer Society, former state fundraising chairman
  • Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of Eastern Massachusetts, director and member
  • Milton Foundation for Education, trustee
  • Milton Town Meeting, member
  • Milton Town Personnel Board, chair
  • Numerous non-profit activities
C. Forbes  Sargent III