Courtney Forrest
Partner | P (202) 640-2850

Courtney Forrest is a versatile and seasoned litigator who helps clients navigate high-stakes problems in criminal, civil, and congressional matters.

Courtney has represented criminal defendants in federal courts in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Her clients have included a nonprofit organization in connection with possible receipt of straw donor contributions from Sam Bankman-Fried; an individual charged with federal criminal offenses following his cooperation with the Mueller investigation; and a key witness in a high-profile tax fraud trial. Most recently, Courtney prevailed in an appeal in the Fourth Circuit, overturning her client’s convictions for naturalization fraud.

On the civil side, Courtney handles cases for clients both large and small. She represents corporate clients in all types of high-stakes business litigation. For example, Courtney recently represented a national pharmacy chain in a multi-million dollar dispute with its former law firm, reaching a highly advantageous settlement. In other matters, she has litigated contract disputes for small businesses and prepared individuals for interviews with administrative bodies, helping her clients navigate these stressful experiences with confidence and grace. Courtney has a particular focus on defamation and anti-SLAPP issues, and has won such cases for clients in trial level and appellate courts.

Courtney also helps individuals and businesses respond to congressional inquiries and investigations. She has represented clients who have testified in connection with the impeachment inquiry of President Biden and in connection with the congressional and Inspector General scrutiny of the Trump International Hotel in Washington during the prior administration.

Prior to joining Kaiser, Courtney practiced at Covington & Burling LLP. While there, she litigated a wide range of white collar and patent cases from inception through trial and was twice recognized by Washington DC Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Law. She also maintained an active pro bono caseload, which involved handling criminal, immigration, and family law matters. Most notably, she secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with first-degree assault in Maryland state court after a multi-day jury trial.

Courtney is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. She holds a Top Secret/ SCI security clearance.

When she is not working, Courtney has three young children who keep her on her toes. She is a past parent liaison for the Special Education PTA in Arlington, Virginia, and previously served on the Executive Board of her children’s cooperative preschool. She enjoys decorating birthday cakes and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

Memberships and Organizations

  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, Member
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Member
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude
  • A.B., Harvard University, magna cum laude
Government Service
  • Clerkship. The Honorable Roger W. Titus, United States District Court for the District of Maryland

Courtney Forrest
Partner | P (202) 640-2850

Law 360 – “Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era” co-authored by Bill Pittard

Law360 – “The Latest On Sexual Harassment Reform On The Hill” by Bill Pittard

Matt Kaiser Publishes Op-Ed for The Washington Post: Lawyers: DeVos is bringing due process to campus sexual assault cases

Law 360 – “When Russia Investigations Collide” by Bill Pittard

Matt Kaiser Co-Authors Op-Ed in Los Angeles Times: Absurdity Reigns in Campus Sexual Assault Trials.

Matt Kaiser Guest Blogs on Washington Legal Foundation The Legal Pulse: Overcriminalization Timeline: Mens Rea, Public Welfare Offenses and Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine

Matt Kaiser Co-Authors Editorial in the Los Angeles Times: How to Punish Campus Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser Publishes an Editorial in The Washington Times: Being an Executive is not a Crime

Matt Kaiser Publishes Editorial in LA Times: Why It’s Unfair for Colleges to Use Outside Investigators in Rape Cases.

Matt Kaiser Co-Authors Op-Ed in the National Law Journal: The DOJ’s Crackdown on White-Collar Crime Creates ‘Cruel Alternative’

Matt Kaiser Publishes Op-ed in The Weekly Standard: The Campus Sex Scene: How Congress Can Make It Worse

Matt Kaiser Co-Authors Op-ed in The Washington Post: We’ve defended lots of campus sexual assault cases, so we know just how unfair they are

Matt Kaiser Publishes Editorial in Baltimore Sun: A Minimum of Reform

Matt Kaiser Co-Authors Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: California Bill Won’t Solve Sexual Assault Problem on Campus

Matt Kaiser Publishes Op-Ed in Boston Herald: College Courts Flunks Fairness Test

Matt Kaiser Publishes an Article for Time Magazine: Some Rules about Consent are “Unfair” to Male Students”

Matt Kaiser Publishes an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser Co-Authors Opinion for The Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser Co-Authors a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: The Rights of the Accused

Courtney Forrest
Partner | P (202) 640-2850

Courtney Forrest
Partner | P (202) 640-2850

Some of the matters that Ms. Forrest has handled include:

• Represented a former CIA employee charged with numerous sexual offenses allegedly committed over a multi-year period.

• Represented high-profile businessman and journalist in federal civil suit alleging violations of false advertising and unfair competition laws.

• Secured dismissal of federal criminal charges against an individual suffering from serious mental illness.

• Represented a large corporation in civil suit against its former attorneys for breach of fiduciary duty.

• Represented a small professional organization in lawsuit brought by disgruntled former member who had been terminated for sexual misconduct.

• Represented a key witness in a high-profile federal criminal trial resulting from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

• Represented the head of a government agency in connection with an Office of Inspector General review that was initiated at the request of the Ranking Member of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.

Courtney Forrest
Partner | P (202) 640-2850