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.