Forrest A. Hainline  III - Goodwin

Forrest A. Hainline III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Forrest Hainline, a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Litigation Department, has tried more than 100 cases before courts, juries and arbitration panels throughout the United States, as well as before the Federal Trade Commission and other administrative agencies in Washington, D.C. He has appeared in the Supreme Court of the United States and has argued before seven United States Courts of Appeals. 

Forrest is a member and former Chair of the Standing Committee on Professional Conduct for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He is also a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, and the Food and Supplements Subcommittee.  Forrest is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.  He is listed in The Legal 500, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and is recognized as a “California Super Lawyer.” 

Forrest is admitted to practice in California, Michigan and the District of Columbia, the Supreme Court of the United States and many federal district and appellate courts.

Forrest believes that a trial lawyer has to combine the skills of a priest, poet and martial artist.   At Notre Dame, he studied theology under John Dunne and Henry Nouwen and philosophy with Joseph Evans. At SUNY Buffalo, he studied poetry with Robert Creeley, Irving Feldman and Lionel Abel, and is a published poet.  Forrest is a third degree black belt in Aikido and has a black belt in Aiki style fencing. 

University of Notre DameBA 1968University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D. 1974

Case History

BRCP v Four Seasons — BRCP, the owner of the Aviara resort, attempted to evict Four
Seasons in a midnight raid.  BRCP claimed that Four Seasons had
violated the Hotel Management Agreement and breached its
fiduciary duties.  BRCP sought damages and sought the ability
to terminate Four Seasons without paying damages.

An arbitration panel determined that Four Seasons had not
breached the contract or its fiduciary duties, that BRCP had
breached the agreement and had to pay damages to Four Seasons.
Tom Shelton and Craig Williams v. Joseph Phelps Vineyard — Shelton and Williams brought an arbitration demand against Phelps
claiming that Phelps had deprived them of their 40% interest in
the winery.  Phelps claimed that Shelton and Williams had violated
their fiduciary duties and sought $35 million from them.  The
arbitrator found for Shelton and Williams.  Phelps sought to vacate
the award, which was confirmed in the Superior Court and on
appeal, with Shelton and Williams being awarded $35 million.
Finisar v. JDSU — JDS Uniphase had licensed patent to Emcore, which, along
with JDSU, brought a patent suit against Finisar's subsidiary in
Pittsburgh.  Emcore and JDSU obtained a verdict of $3.5 million.
Finisar and JDSU had entered into a Convenant not to Sue and
Settlement Agreement, which the Pittsburgh judge refused to
allow Finisar to raise as a defense.

Finisar made an arbitration demand under the Covenant, and the
arbitator awarded Finisar $6.7 million.  JDSU challenged the award
in the Western District of Pennsylvania and San Francisco
Superior Court.  The San Francisco court affired the award and
WDPa dismissed the challenge for lack of jurisdiction.
State of Califonria v. Tri-Union Seafood — The California Attorney General sued three leading manufactureres
of canned tuna - BumbleBee, Starkist and Chicken of the Sea for
violations of Proposition 65.  The AG sought to require warnings
on the cans about the presence of mercury and also sought
significant damages.  After a month long trial, the court ruled
no warnings were required.  The court of appeal affirmed

Client Comments

"If you have a case that is going to trial, you could not be in better hands than with Forrest Hainline. Forrest is simply the best trial lawyer I have ever seen. Forrest has a fourth-degree black belt in Aikido, which is a martial art that turns an opponent's attacks against themselves. Forrest uses the same technique in litigation too. He has an astonishing ability to use a witness' answers to his advantage, even when the witness does not answer as expected. We brought Forrest into our case when it became apparent that it would not settle and that we would go to trial. This was not bet-the-company litigation; it was bet-the-industry litigation. After a two-month bench trial involving highly technical and scientific issues, Forrest obtained a victory for us on all counts. He even persuaded the judge to reject a scientific report sponsored by the prestigious National Academy of Science. I would not hesitate to use Forrest again if we have another large case heading for trial. "

-Scott Rickman
Associate General Counsel, Director of Litigation
Del Monte Corporation

Office Location

Three Embarcadero Center, 24th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Antitrust