40+ Years of History

Forman Holt members have a rich history in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area practicing in the fields of insolvency and commercial litigation. Rooted in the late 1970’s with Rodino & Forman, Charles M. Forman has evolved iterations of the firm as Forman Holt & Eliades in the mid-1990s and Forman Holt Eliades & Youngman in the 2000s. After migrating with several members of that firm to practice under the roof of LeClairRyan in 2016, the Forman Holt firm was established in June 2017.

Managing Member Charles M. Forman has served as counsel to major national corporations, debtors in insolvency proceedings and, in 1982, was appointed as a Panel Trustee by the United States Department of Justice.

More than 40 years ago we moved into private practice with the vision of establishing a formidable commercial litigation and insolvency law firm. We succeeded.
– Charles M. Forman, Founder

Erin Kennedy obtained a solid reputation in the mid-1980s  as a commercial litigator and as counsel for trustees. In the late 1980s, Forman and Kennedy moved to Newark and connected with Michael E. Holt, who became well known for his skills in the liquidation and reorganization of complex insolvency matters.

Meanwhile, Forman’s stature as a trustee continued to grow and he received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Achievements by a Private Trustee. Along the way was a move to Bergen County, New Jersey where our client base expanded into the areas of telecommunications, manufacturing, real estate, employee benefits, health care and securities law.

Members of the firm have achieved enviable status among their peers. It is no small feat that  all members of the firm have been recognized as Super Lawyers in the Bankruptcy area in 2020 and 2021. No other firm in this region can make that claim.

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Charles M. Forman Appointed to NJIT Board of Overseers

The New Jersey Institute of Technology has appointed Forman Holt attorney Charles M. Forman, an alumnus of the University, to its Board of Overseers.

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Charles M. Forman Recognized By Chambers and Partners

Mr. Forman’s eighth consecutive year receiving that honor, he is ranked in “Band 2” in Chambers’ bankruptcy/restructuring category.

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NJBLF Recognized by Legal Services of NJ

The New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation, lead by the Foundation’s President Charles M. Forman, received the William J. Brennan, Jr. Citation for Justice.

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Charles M. Forman Named to 2022 Best Lawyers List

Managing Member of the firm Charles M. Forman, awarded the prestigious Lawyer of the Year recognition in back-to-back years (2020 & 2021), has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® list for 2022.

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Forman Holt Named to "Best Law Firms" 2021

The firm has been included in the 2021 Edition of  Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” a distinction of professional excellence. To be eligible, a firm must have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, a list of the top 5% of private lawyers in the USA, which included Charles M. Forman for 2020 and 2021.

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Charles M. Forman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The NJ Law Journal named Charles Forman as recipient of their 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. The committee considers which individuals helped to shape the law in NJ, through their work on the bench, in-house or building a firm.

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