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Matthew Julian Forrest

Car accident Attorney at Wethersfield, CT

4.6   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    Property Damage, Diminished Value, Injury, Loss of use. We take all kinds of car cases for all kinds of reasons.

    8 years

  2. Consumer protection
    Protecting the property rights, diminished value of cars after accidents, bait and switch advertising campaign violations, CUTPA violations, just to name a few.

    8 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    We sue on many kinds of contracts, including insurance, and also simple breach for construction, or automotive repair.

    8 years

  4. Animal law
    We handle cases where a family dog was attacked by another dog. We also handle cases where there has been a loss of an animal due to some kind of negligence. Many times veterinarians need to be compensated for there treatments and often those bills can become large.

    8 years

  5. Arbitration
    Some cases go to arbitration, when they do, we handle arbitration.

    8 years

  6. Family
    Marriage, divorce, pre-nup, wills and trusts

    8 years

  7. Insurance
    Insurance coverage litigation.

    8 years

Matthew Forrest has more than fifteen years of experience litigating in Connecticut and New York courts. Whether it is a small contractual matter, a real estate investment, or a large malpractice case, Matthew strives to provide his clients with superior legal service and excellent customer service. The client is never left in the dark as to what is going on with their individual concerns.

Our firm offers a wide range of services including Diminished Value Claims, Energy, Green, and Sustainability solutions, Mortgage Defense, Consumer Law, Tort and Contract Issues, Employment, and Taxi Industry Proceedings. We’re centrally located in Wethersfield, CT, and practice throughout the entire State, from Hartford to Stamford, New Haven to Danbury, and in Middletown, Bridgeport, Waterbury and Fairfield.

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Posted by Kettya | July 25, 2022
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He will work very hard on your behalf, I hired him I am very satisfied. He is the best lawyer I ever known. I had a difficult matter when I called him I was not sure if I have a chance to win it because he is a professional in what he is doing I was able to win some cash. Thanks attorney Forrest you are the best.
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2022
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diminished value case
I hired Matthew Forrest after speaking to him after my accident in order to recoup diminished value of my Tesla. The insurance agent was refusing to discuss the diminished value of my vehicle which is why I gave Matthew Forrest a call. Matthew was very knowledgeable and explained he has worked with many Tesla owners in the past which made me feel comfortable working with him. I explained I've never sued anyone before and wasn't sure about the process in which he explained what would likely happen and an estimated how much could obtained with a diminished value case for my situation. The case ended up going to court and Matthew was extremely knowledgeable and professional. He prepared me well, explained entire process and best of all won the case handing me a reasonable diminished value.
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Posted by Mark | February 16, 2022
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Terrific experience & results!
My first engagement with Attorney Forrest of Forrest McPadden was terrific! I found him via old fashion searching online and am happy I stumbled across his firm. I have an exotic sports car that was in a loss and a 3rd party was at fault. The car was repaired to satisfaction and additional payment was made for diminished value, above what I had expected! Attorney Forrest had a team behind him that was awesome! Communicated almost daily as and when appropriate and were pleasant and very thorough. I have investment properties and now plan to continue to use their legal services for those needs when they arise. Bravo to the Team at Attorney Forrest McFadden's, LLC !
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Posted by M | September 24, 2021
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Car Diminished Value
After the accident with my new car, Forrest Law was a huge help with my diminished value case. They always keep me informed whether it was a phone call or email. I'm so impressed with their knowledge of diminished value cases and just how organized they are. I'm so happy that I reached out to them!
Posted by Donald | September 18, 2021
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I was referred to Matthew by a third party to handle my Diminished Value Claim following .auto accident damage to my low mileage 2 yr old vehicle. Matthew & staff kept me advised each step along the way to a successful but drawn out process!
Posted by Andrew | July 28, 2021
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Diminished value claim
I partnered with Forrest Law to file diminished value claim after and insurance company offered me and unacceptable amount. I was well-informed throughout the process by of those involved and ultimately received seven times the amount originally offered. I urge anyone who feels that they are being taken advantage of by an insurance company with their diminished value claim to contact Forrest Law!
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Posted by Ani | April 18, 2021
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Diminished Value Claim
My parked car was hit by another vehicle. Although his insurance company paid for the repair of my car, they refused to compensate me for "diminished value" (which is required under Connecticut law). I hired Attorney Forrest to represent me to get reimbursed for the diminished value of my vehicle from the insurance company. Attorney Forrest was clearly very knowledgeable and also very professional from the very start and also throughout the case. His staff kept me in the loop about every detail about my case. He never took any significant action without discussing it with me and allowing me to make decisions about my case. He hired an excellent appraiser who submitted a written report about the fair market diminished value of my car due to the accident and repair. Attorney Forrest was willing to go to trial, but the evidence he collected was so overwhelming, that the insurance company agreed to a settlement that was much more than I had initially expected. I enthusiastically recommend Attorney Forrest to anyone in Connecticut who has suffered damage to a vehicle due to the other party's fault, but especially for a diminished value claim.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2020
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Professional, accessible and successful outcome
I contacted Attorney Forrest after an auto accident. Although not at fault, I was getting a run-around on settlement from the other guy's insurance to make us "whole". My car was Audi was only a year old and with representation by Matthew Forrest, the other insurance company company paid in full, including compensation for the devaluation of the Audi. Attorney Forrester was thorough, accessible, and come through with a successful outcome.
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Posted by Shaun Bender | April 11, 2018
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Diminished value
I hired Matthew for a diminished value claim. Matthew and he team were professional, expedient, and effective in bringing my case to a close. The case involved very minimal effort from my end: just a couple hours to put together the materials and scheduling time to meet with an appraiser. Highly recommended.
Posted by Taylor | October 18, 2022
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Unable to communicate or handle claim effectively
I truly wish I never hired Attorney Forrest to handle my property damage claim. The claims Attorney Forrest handles are modest in value, which means you do all the leg work. It also means he never takes the time to actually speak to you, you only deal with his staff. In the beginning of his representation of me, I spent months of me going back and forth with his paralegal repeatedly giving her the same documents over and over, and me making multiple complaints to the attorney who referred me to him before I even was afforded the opportunity to speak to him directly. In fact, communications were beyond scattered and unclear throughout the period of time before he put my case in suit. His paralegal very clearly advised me that repairing the damage to my truck out of pocket was "helpful" but "not a requirement." I chose not to repair my truck, due to my financial circumstances at the time. I later received a phone call from Attorney Forrest directly threatening to fire me as a client, because I had not made repairs at my own expense to my vehicle. He had absolutely no regard for my own financial wherewithal and whether I could actually afford to make said repairs out of pocket, nor any concern that he was threatening to fire me just before the statute of limitations was to expire on my claim despite his own office advising me months prior that it was "not a requirement." Once this matter was put into suit, which was done without even so much as a courtesy email that he was going to incur that expense on my behalf, I had to reach out to with each and every single thing filed with the court to ask for either an update or a copy, because, once again, I received no communications from him or his office. Progress was only made in the case, because I chose to monitor it myself. For example, a motion for default for failure to appear was filed weeks late, and only filed because I asked for it to be done. Attorney Forrest similarly displayed an utter inability to communicate effectively with opposing counsel or timely progress this matter to a conclusion unless I repeatedly followed up with office to inquire why dates were being moved and deadlines missed without appropriate pleadings filed. The few times Attorney Forrest managed to find the time to pick up the phone and speak to me directly, he spoke to me as if I were a small child. This is despite the fact that I clearly have a full grasp of how our court system works. What is most frustrating is that, in writing no less, when I agreed to hire his firm instead of pursuing my claim on my own time, his paralegal advised me that Attorney Forrest believed I "significantly undervalued" my own case with the demand I made to the insurance company. One year later, hours and hours of frustration, and after incurring legal fees and expenses, and he recommended I settle my case for $500 more than my demand. I could hardly imagine any objective person believing $500 is "significantly undervalued." I have since referred several people with property damage claims to other attorneys based upon my personal interactions with Attorney Forrest and I can say without a single hesitation that I will never recommend Attorney Forrest to another person.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Forrest Law
  • 2006 - Present


  • Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Brandeis University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999


  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Membership Committee
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017


  • Connecticut Lawyer
  • The Hidden Costs of Automobile Accidents Exposed
  • 2016
  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • When Fido Is Attached, Owner Can Collect Damages
  • 2015
  • Hartford Courant
  • Car Accident Not Your Fault? Get Reimbursed For Lost Value (It's State Law)
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (10)
Endorse Matthew
Car accident Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Forrest works hard for his clients. His knowledge in many areas in exceptional. He is highly recommended."
Car accident Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew has developed a specialty for diminished value cases. No one in Connecticut knows this area of law better than he does. He is a tireless litigator and advocates well for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt since we were studying for the Bar and we have bounced ideas and legal theories off each other ever since. He is one of the first people I call when I need a creative approach to a client problem. That is a huge benefit when looking to work with a lawyer- are they going to tailor their plan to really suit your matter. Matt can't help but think outside the box."
Consumer protection Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is THE authority with respect to diminished value claims and has creatively developed an important area of law. I am proud to know Matthew and feel honored to have worked with him. I would undoubtedly, without reservation, recommend Matthew to all of my clients."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt has a wonderful understanding of the issues regarding diminished value of vehicles and how to maximize recovery for a client. He will work hard to achieve the best possible result."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One unique aspect of Matthew's litigation practice is his experience with diminished value claims arising from motor vehicle accidents. I practice in somewhat of a niche area myself, and I know that clients get better results working with an attorney who is thoroughly familiar with the more specific issues involved in the case. In addition to being a professional and skilled advocate, Matthew is personable and civic-minded. I would trust him to provide excellent service to any client looking for diligent and effective representation."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is probably the leading legal authority on diminished value claims in Connecticut. I refer all of my diminished value cases to him. He does a fantastic job representing my clients."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Matthew on a number of matters. His firm has shown a particularly sophisticated approach to property damage claims arising from motor vehicle crashes. I would not hesitate to work again with Mr. Forrest or to refer to him appropriate matters in his geographical area."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse Matthew Forrest. Matthew has established himself as the premier lawyer in Connecticut handling cases involving the diminished value of damaged property. He is not afraid to butt heads with insurance companies, and he has a great reputation for getting his client's compensated when their motor vehicles or other property is damaged by the negligence of others."
Car accident Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a very knowledgeable attorney. His dedication to providing quality content for this forum is proof of his desire to help those who have been injured at the hands of others maximize their recovery. If you have a claim in his local area I would recommend you seek his consult."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"With confidence I endorse Matt. Matt is a great communicator, he can make his point. Matt has shown a real interest in his clients interests. Matt has championed a niche area of pursuing damages for the lost value of a car after an accident; not something most lawyers would do. I strongly recommend Matt."
Insurance Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Forrest developed an area of law in Connecticut that few people know about and certainly almost no one has extensive experience in. In addition to actual damages for a property loss Matt also aggressively pursues and achieves dimunition in lost value. He is creative, resourceful, and an asset to people seeking full value on an auto or similar type of loss."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is Connecticut's "go to" lawyer for diminished value claims. I regularly refer clients to him."
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Wethersfield Car accident Lawyer Matthew Julian Forrest
Matthew Julian Forrest
Car accident Attorney
Wethersfield, CT
Licensed for 21 years