Christopher ("Chris") Forrest is the founding member of Forrest Legal LLC. Mr. Forrest comes from one of the state's largest and most prestigious law firms, Barnes & Thornburg LLP. After practicing several years with Barnes & Thornburg, Mr. Forrest decided to more narrowly focus his practice in the area of domestic relations law. Thus, he formed Forrest Legal, a locally rooted law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality of legal service. Mr. Forrest's goal is to combine the sophistication and quality typical of a large law firm with the individualized service of a small, local firm. Mr. Forrest's practice is heavily concentrated in the areas of divorce, family law, domestic relations, and matrimonial law. He has represented clients in connection with various types of domestic relations issues, including dissolution of marriage, child support, child custody, paternity, adoption, surrogate birth issues, and the preparation of prenuptial agreements. Mr. Forrest's family law experience is broad, as he has handled numerous issues of varying size and complexity. Mr. Forrest has also been accepted to the registry of court-approved mediators in the area of family law. Additionally, Mr. Forrest is trained in the collaborative law divorce process. Collaborative divorce promotes cooperation and litigation-free solutions that meet the needs and interests of everyone in a divorcing family. In addition to family law, Mr. Forrest's practice regularly includes general estate planning, and has also included the representation of clients in a broad range of business and commercial subjects, including commercial transactions, asset recovery and protection, bankruptcy, contract negotiation and drafting, real estate, and business formation. Mr. Forrest has also represented clients in both federal and state court litigation on a variety of different issues, including bankruptcy litigation, contract disputes, and other commercial subjects.
Mr. Forrest graduated from Manchester College, where he obtained his B.A. in philosophy. He received his J.D. cum laude from Indiana University - Bloomington in 2002.
Mr. Forrest is the chair of the executive committee of the Allen County Bar Family Law Section and serves as the chair of the Collaborative Family Law Solutions organization. He was honored by Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Rising Star" for six consecutive years prior to being honored as a Super Lawyer in 2016 and 2017. Mr. Forrest is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Allen County Bar Association, and the Family Law Sections of the Indiana State and Allen County Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals.
Mr. Forrest serves on the advisory board of the National Soccer Festival, a non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting and developing amateur soccer in the Fort Wayne area, especially among Fort Wayne's youth.
Christopher M. Forrest
Member/Attorney at Law
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