Courtney Forrest
Counsel | P (202) 640-2850

Courtney Forrest defends clients in white collar criminal cases, campus disciplinary matters, and complex civil litigation. Courtney’s eight years of experience as a litigator at Covington & Burling LLP has armed her with a broad range of skills that are highly valuable to the needs of KaiserDillon’s clients. She is keenly adept at breaking down highly complex factual and legal issues into clear and compelling case theories that are persuasive to judges and juries alike. She has prepared countless witnesses for depositions and interviews with administrative bodies, and skillfully counsels clients about these processes, enabling them to navigate these unpleasant experiences with confidence and grace.

After honing her litigation skills in Intellectual Property law (for which she was recognized as a Washington, DC Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2017 and 2018), Courtney has now shifted her focus to white collar criminal defense. Criminal defense was her original passion, sparked by her two years as a paralegal at Boston’s Federal Defender Office immediately after her graduation from Harvard. She maintained close ties with the criminal defense community in law school, where she was a member of the Juvenile Justice Clinic representing minors charged in delinquency proceedings, as well as while clerking in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, where she worked on a high-profile capital murder trial.

Prior to joining KaiserDillon, Courtney represented corporate clients in high stakes intellectual property, white collar, antitrust, and insurance matters. She has a wealth of experience in all aspects of civil litigation including drafting dispositive motions and post-trial briefs; preparing discovery requests and responses; and coordinating preparation of expert witness reports. Courtney has taken and defended a multitude of depositions and is well-versed in counseling and preparing witnesses. At her previous firm she also maintained an active pro bono caseload, handling criminal, immigration, and family law matters. Most notably, she first-chaired a jury trial and secured an acquittal for a client charged with first degree assault.

When she is not working on client matters, Courtney has three young children that keep her on her toes. For the past three years, she has served on the Executive Board of her children’s cooperative preschool, first as the Admissions Chair and then as Participation Coordinator. She also volunteers as an assistant tee ball coach, enjoys decorating birthday cakes, and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

Courtney is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

  • 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
Counsel | P (202) 640-2850

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

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon in The Washington Post: The Education Department wants to make campus sexual misconduct hearings fairer. It should go further.

Scott Bernstein and Justin Dillon Opinion Piece in The Washington Post – “The Common App will no longer require disclosure of criminal history. But what it still asks is more troubling.”

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

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

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed: Minnesota’s Failed Football Boycott Was a Blow to Fairness in Campus Sexual Assault Hearings

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Los Angeles Times: Absurdity Reigns in Campus Sexual Assault Trials.

Justin Dillon Publishes Op-Ed on Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct

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 and Justin Dillon Publish an 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 and Justin Dillon Publish Editorial in LA Times: Why It’s Unfair for Colleges to Use Outside Investigators in Rape Cases.

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

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Op-ed in The Weekly Standard: The Campus Sex Scene: How Congress Can Make It Worse

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish 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

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: California Bill Won’t Solve Sexual Assault Problem on Campus

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish 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 and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: The Rights of the Accused

Jennifer Short authors “The False Claims Act,” and “Settling With The Government,” in The Corporate Compliance Answer Book 2010 by the Practicing Law Institute in June 2010.

Publication by Jennifer Short appears in the Holland & Knight Health Law and Life Science Alert, titled “Health Care Reform: While Debate Rages, Enforcement Proposals Take Shape.” This article was published August 2009.

In May 2009, Jennifer Short pens and publishes an article titled “President Obama Signs Landmark Anti-Fraud Bill Into Law,” in the Holland & Knight Government Contracts Alert.

Courtney Forrest
Counsel | P (202) 640-2850

Courtney Forrest
Counsel | P (202) 640-2850

Courtney Forrest
Counsel | P (202) 640-2850

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

  • 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.
  • As first-chair trial counsel, secured a not-guilty verdict for a defendant charged with first-degree assault in Maryland state court.
  • Represents a Maryland inmate sentenced to life in prison for a crime committed when he was a juvenile, who is now seeking parole after serving nearly 30 years of that sentence.
  • Represented a well-known professor in a Title IX investigation at a state university regarding allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.
  • Successfully defended a non-profit educational organization in a breach of contract case brought by a disgruntled former consultant seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages.
  • Represented the deputy general counsel of a major pharmaceutical company in connection with a third-party subpoena seeking corporate testimony regarding an alleged “pay-for-delay” settlement with a generic drug manufacturer.
  • Successfully represented a small pharmaceutical company in patent infringement litigation with a generic manufacturer seeking to launch a generic version of the company’s only commercial product.  After a bench trial that exposed multiple weaknesses in the generic’s case, the parties reached a settlement affirming the validity of the challenged patents and prohibiting the launch of a generic product until the patents have nearly expired.

Courtney Forrest
Counsel | P (202) 640-2850