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Paulina Forrest

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0   3 reviews

Licensed for 12 years

About Paulina

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PAULINA FORREST is a graduate of the University of Central Florida (B.A., 2007) and Florida Coastal School of Law (J.D., 2010). She graduated law school with High Honors and High Distinctions. Prior to establishing the Law Offices of Forrest & Forrest, PLLC, Ms. Forrest was the Appellate and Training Attorney for the Fourth District of Florida Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel.

Ms. Forrest has received Martindale-Hubbell's esteemed "AV- Preeminent" rating, which recognizes lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability.

She has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® (“Rising Stars”) Magazine for 2018, 2019, and 2020, an honor afforded to no more than 2.5% percent of lawyers in Florida.

Ms. Forrest was honored with the distinction of receiving 5.0 out of 5.0 Overall Peer Rating in Family Law, which is the highest possible ranking given by Martindale-Hubble and serves a testament to the fact that fellow attorneys consider Ms. Forrest at the highest level of professional excellence. Only a select group of attorneys are ever awarded with this premier distinction.

In 2020, Ms. Forrest authored Chapter 4 (Jurisdiction in Child Custody Cases) of the 14th Edition of The Florida Bar’s complete guide to dissolution of marriage, entitled, Florida Dissolution of Marriage.

Ms. Forrest devotes her practice to any and all matrimonial, and family law matters, including divorce, adoption, dependency, paternity, adoption, premarital agreements, domestic violence, enforcement, contempt, alimony, child support, custody, visitation, parenting plans, time-sharing, equitable distribution, property division, restraining orders, mediation, post-judgment modifications, Agency Adoptions, Annulments, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Child Abduction, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Advocacy, Child Dependency, Cohabitation Agreements, surrogacy arrangement, Collaborative Family Law, Domestic Violence, Gay and Lesbian Family Law, International Adoptions, Independent Adoptions, Interstate Adoptions, Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Law, Same Sex Marriage, Step Parent Adoptions, Surrogacy Law, and Termination of Parental Rights.

Her legal career began assisting indigent persons entitled to counsel in dependency cases, defending the civil rights of parents throughout the State of Florida. She was drawn to the importance of the work, and the State’s need for quality attorneys to be a voice for people who are usually ignored. She has litigated cases involving a wide spectrum of vulnerable populations. It is and will always be her passion to bring families torn apart by substance abuse or mental health issues together again. She has personally tried cases involving mental health disorders, substance abuse sufferers, termination of parental rights, and guardianships of vulnerable adults. She has been a frequent lecturer on dependency law.

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Licensed for 12 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Paulina

Law Offices of Forrest & Forrest, PLLC
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Las Olas Centre, Suite 1090
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Law Offices of Forrest & Forrest, PLLC
150 East Palmetto Park Road
Suite 202
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
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Posted by Frank | May 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Adoption and Family Law Attorney is Paulina Forrest
I was lucky to find Paulina. I felt confident throughout the entire case. Paulina was loyal to me and my children. I recommend her to anyone in need of a marital & family law lawyer.
Posted by Jose | May 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dissolution of Marriage
I was a client of Daniel Forrest and I would like to take this opportunity to tell you what a thoroughly outstanding job he did for me during my divorce case. Special kudos to Meredith and Paulina. During the divorce process his team was with me every step of the way keeping me informed and updating me during this long process. Daniel always advised me of my options good or bad and together we made an informed decision. The most important part of this case was that I was able to fight for my rights as a father. Every day I see my son I thank God and Daniel’s team.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
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She was extremely knowledgeable and professional. Her answers were candid and thorough. If she was unsure about something, she explained clearly why she was unsure and made appropriate suggestions. She was very personable and approachable.

Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Office of Forrest & Forrest, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • East Broward Law
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Appellate Counsel, Litigation Training Attorney
  • Office Of Regional Conflict Counsel
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Fall Appellate Clerk
  • First District Court Of Appeals
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Summer Clerk
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • In Re Adoption of XX
  • Adoption successful
  • In re Adoption of XX and XX
  • Adopted
  • In re Adoption of XX
  • Adopted Successfully
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Associations

  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2015

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Peer Endorsed
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Public Speaking Award
  • aCE Classes
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Advocacy Award
  • Law Office of Daniel E. Forrest, P.A.
  • 2016
  • Best Oral Argument Award (Trial)
  • East Broward Law
  • 2016
  • Recognition for Service
  • Office of Regional Conflict Counsel
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Honors Recognition
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2010
  • School Ambassador
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • 2010
  • Dean's List
  • University of Central Florida
  • 2005
  • Dean's List
  • University of Central Florida
  • 2004
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • Flakka, a deadly designer drug.
  • Flakka
  • 2016
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Evaluations Explained
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • 2015
  • A look at the "sneaky" sections of Chapter 39
  • Chapter 39
  • 2015
  • Shelter Training, The Basics and More
  • Shelter Training in Dependency Cases
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (9)
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I refer all my dependency cases to Mrs. Forrest. She is knowledgeable and compasionate."
Family Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Forrest and I were opposing counsel on several matters and she is a consummate professional. She is a highly skilled litigator and very knowledgeable."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have the utmost respect for Ms. Forrest as an attorney, and would not hesitate to refer my closest friends and family to her in a time of need. She is a zealous advocate with an extraordinary legal acumen, as well as a consummate professional."
Family Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Paulina Forrest is an excellent litigator with the utmost attention to detail. I’ve had the pleasure to know and work with Paulina on a number of cases. I have had cases where she was opposing counsel, and she always handled herself with extreme professionalism and courtesy. I find her work to be of the highest level and her practical approach to be of great benefit to her clients. She is aggressive but always serves her clients' interests with integrity and professionalism."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paulina was very knowledgeable in our matter dealing with military issues as well."
Child custody Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Paulina Forrest for almost a decade. She is a supportive friend and an outstanding attorney. As an articulate and well prepared advocate, Paulina is an exceptional choice for clients."
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am most impressed with Ms. Forrest's lawyerly skills, knowledge of the law, advocacy for her clients and professionalism"
Family Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paulina is one of the finest litigators I have ever worked with. She is extremely intelligent and well versed in the law. She excels at persuasive writing and is an excellent orator in the court. She is kind, compassionate, and extremely trustworthy."
Family Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this exceptional attorney. Paulina is a remarkably well-rounded and talented family law litigator. Paulina is highly respected by the legal community for her vast legal knowledge and extraordinary abilities. She is the epitome of grace under pressure and is a force to be reckoned with both in and out of the courtroom. Paulina truly connects with her clients and passionately advocates for their legal interests."
Adoption Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Forrest is a zealous advocate for her clients. She is extremely bright and always well prepared to argue her case to obtain a favorable outcome. She is highly respected by the judiciary as well as her peers in the legal field."
Family Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Paulina is a consummate professional and a zealous advocate for her clients. I often seek her opinion on complex family law issues."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I proudly endorse this attorney. Her legal skills are commensurate with lawyers practicing far longer, and are only surpassed by her compassion for her clients. Paulina genuinely cares about the well-being and best interests of all those she represents."
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