Forrest Wagner grew up in Aberdeen, WA and got his undergraduate degree at Whitman College, where he graduated Cum Laude in 1983. For his legal education, he went back east to historic Lexington Virginia where he attended Washington and Lee University, eventually becoming class president and Moot Court semi-finalist and team qualifier.
He has been practicing in Olympia for the past 23 years, emphasizing family law but also remaining active in the area of criminal defense. Forrest has presented at several CLE seminars and has written on family law subjects, including "The ABC's of Child Support" presented as part of a CLE seminar and "Defending Your Family Law Client Against Allegations of Sexual Abuse", presented as part of the 1995 Family Law Midyear. He has finished a book, "Winning the Divorce Game in Washington", which is not yet published but which will be available soon online.
For several years Forrest also taught Family Law and Business Law at South Puget Sound Community College.
Languages Spoken: Portuguese
Licensed since 1986
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Forrest is one of my first referrals for a client who is looking for a zealous advocate. His skills at oral argument are unsurpassed in Thurston County, and his legal positions are always well researched and creative. When he is arguing a case in the courtroom, the other attorneys stop to listen.
Michael Dewitt Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Forrest Wagner is well known in the South Puget Sound area as being among the very best practitioners of family law in the community. He has exceptional advocacy and analytical skills and is a first-call "Go-To" guy when I need a advice or feedback on a complex case. He is highly regarded by other lawyers and judicial officers. Always well-prepared and knowledgeable about the law, he would be an excellent choice for anyone seeking representation in a family law matter.
Robert Hill Family Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AM-JUR Award for Evidence||Washington & Lee University||1985|
|Moot Court Team Qualifier||Washington & Lee University||1985|
|Cum Laude||Whitman College||1983|
|Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society||Member of Phi Beta Kappa||1982|
|President and founder||Law Office of Forrest Wagner||1995 - Present|
|Parttime Professor||Capitol Business College||1993 - 1994|
|Professor||South Puget Sound Community College||1989 - 2002|
|Associate Attorney||William B. Pope & Associates||1988 - 1995|
|Associate Attorney||Barckley, Kopp, Lutes & Mitchell||1987 - 1989|
|Associate Attorney||Morgan & Bartholomew||1986 - 1987|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Family Law Section, Washington State Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1997 - 2003|
|Thurston County Volunteer Legal Clinic||Volunteer||1995 - 1997|
|Washington Young Lawyers Division||N/A||1988 - 1990|
|South Puget Sound Community College||Part-time professor family law and business law||1988 - 2001|
|Toastmasters||Member||1988 - 1991|
|Marriage of Jennings||Supreme Court unanimous opinion in our favor.|
|State v. Ladson||Dismissal of charges and Supreme Court approval|
|State v. Greenland||Acquittal and State payment of attorney fees|
|Trial News||Relocation in Family Law||1996|
|Washington State Bar Association||Defending Against Sex Abuse Allegations in Family Law Cases||1995|
|CLE sponsored by local bar association||The ABC's ov Child Support||1993|
|Washington and Lee University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1986|
|Family Law Midyear Seminar||Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Law||1995|
|Washington State Bar Association Speakers Bureau||Various Legal Subjects||1990|
|Speakers Bureau||Various Legal Topics||1987|