40+ Years of History

Forman Holt members have a rich history in the Greater New York region 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 1981, 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 Achievement by a Private Trustee. Along the way was a move to Bergen County, New Jersey where attorney Kim Lynch brought her exceptional talent to support an expanding client base that today spans  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 five members of the firm have been recognized as Super Lawyers in the Bankruptcy area in 2020 and 2021. No other firm in New Jersey can make that claim.

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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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All 5 Forman Holt Members Recognized by Super Lawyers

The Forman Holt law firm is unlike any other insolvency firm in New Jersey, in that all five of its members have been named to the prestigious Super Lawyers list in both 2020 and 2021, an honor reserved for only 5% of lawyers in each state.

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3 Tips For Small Business Owners In Financial Difficulty

Charles M. Forman is featured in the online column “Triple Play”, a weekly NJBIZ feature that asks top executives in New Jersey to talk about three things related to their industry.

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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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$31M Transaction For Sale Of Historic Jersey City Building

Attorney Michael Connolly participated in the facilitation of a real estate transaction acquiring a historic 12-story office building at 35 Journal Square.

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Charles Forman Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Law in Marquis Who’s Who

Prominent bankruptcy attorney Charles M. Forman has been included in Marquis Who’s Who, the publication which serves as the standard in biographical reference publications.

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