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Forest Michele Wilkerson

Practice areas:

Domestic Violence, Family, Sex Crime, Violent Crime, Child Abuse, Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI

About Me

Forest fights hard for her clients and has tried the full range of criminal cases, ranging from DUI to torture.


Forest graduated from the University of San Diego in May of 2003, and has had a varied and interesting career. After law school, Forest did an extended internship at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands.Following her time in The Hague, she worked as a research and writing attorney for a team defending a notorious MS-13 gang member in a death penalty case where it was alleged that her client took part in the killing of a federal witness. He was acquitted of all charges. She then moved on to the Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia and worked as a research and writing attorney on a variety of cases, including international terrorism cases and tax evasion.  


Forest joined the Law Officer of the Public Defender for Riverside County in 2006. She has now been a practicing attorney in the Coachella Valley for over six years.  She has handled thousands of cases at the Public Defender Office, ranging from municipal code violations to child molestation and rape, all the way to homicide cases.


Forest has tried many criminal cases to jury verdict, with charges as varied as DUI, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and torture.  She has an extraordinary success rate, having achieved acquittals in well over half of her trials, a rare success rate in a practice area where the other side chooses the charges, can dismiss whatever charges are not supported, and has the entire police force and a team of support staff backing them up.  As a result, Prosecutors know that Forest will fight hard and win every possible count, so they offer her clients the most beneficial offers up-front, without playing games with your time, your finances, or your life. She is a dedicated criminal defense attorney, with a passion, presence and intelligence that will benefit any client. 


 Forest works in any area of criminal defense and accepts cases for negotiation, preliminary hearings, trials, appeals, and will accept research and writing requests for other attorneys practicing criminal defense.  

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Domestic Violence: 20%
  2. Criminal Defense: 15%
    10 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Child Abuse: 15%
  4. Violent Crime: 15%
  5. Other: 35%
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Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (90 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

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    Forest is the person you want to hire. Having known her professionally since law school, over 15 years total, I unequivocally endorse her as a knowledgeable, fierce and formidable advocate for her clients. I've personally referred clients to her, with uniformly excellent results. Her attention, ethics and professionalism are second to none. Hiring Forest is a decision that will not be regretted.

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    Frederick Carroll Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Megan J. Beaman Carlson

    It is my pleasure to work in a legal community where Forest Wilkerson and Joshua Mulligan are defending clients charged with criminal defenses. My work in civil rights often overlaps with these types of cases and client communities, and I feel privileged that Forest and Josh are available to offer guidance to me, and also to serve as a resource and potential attorneys for my clients who need them.

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    Megan Carlson Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Wilkerson & Mulligan

78060 Calle Estado
Suite 21
La Quinta, CA, 92253

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200505/25/2015
COInactive200608/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top Lawyer, Coachella ValleyPalm Springs Life Magazine2015
Top Lawyer, Coachella ValleyPalm Springs Life Magazine2014
Top Lawyer, Criminal DefensePalm Springs Life Magazine2013
Numerous "Golden Spike" Awards for "Not Guilty" jury verdictsRiverside County Public Defender2008
AmJur - Civil PracticumUniversity Of San Diego2003
Dean's Distinguished Service AwardUniversity of San Diego Law School Dean2003

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerWilkerson & Mulligan2013 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Forest Wilkerson2013 - 2014
Deputy Public DefenderLaw Office of the Public Defender2006 - 2013
Research and Writing AttorneyFederal Public Defender for the District of Columbia2005 - 2006
Law ClerkUnited Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia2004 - 2004

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Distinguished CounselMember2015 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember2012 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2006 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
People v. Carterprobation
People v. Torrezdismissal

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Franklin UniversityN/AUndergraduateN/A
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A