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Warren Sherwood Forest

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Warren S. Forest, of Family + Law = Solutions, is recognized as one of the top one percent of attorneys in the United States by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.


In addition, Mr. Forest is one of the top 10 family law lawyers in the Bay Area according to the American Institute of Legal Counsel who seek top rated industry leaders according to clients and other lawyers.


Further Warren S. Forest is recognized as one of the top 100 divorce and family law lawyers in Northern California by the organization The National Advocates. Recognition is by invitation only and extended to those lawyers who meet strigent qualifications.


Warren S Forest is a native Californian. Mr. Forest is the founder and managing director of Family + Law = Solutions.

Mr. Forest obtained his J.D. from the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He also has a B.S. from the Orfalea College of Business Administration at Cal Poly SLO where he was an honors graduate in Accounting. Mr. Forest is a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California. He is also a member of the Family Law Bar of Santa Cruz County. Mr. Forest is an active member of Santa Cruz County Collaborative Practice.

Mr. Forest previously served the Santa Cruz County Superior Court, Family Law Division, as an attorney in the office of the Family Law Facilitator. He previously served as attorney with Family Matters, providing assistance to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Santa Cruz County California. On a personal note, Mr. Forest has numerous interests. He previously served an appointment for Dominican Hospital Foundation where he was a member of the Board of Directors. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Forest is an accomplished skier – twice capturing first place in his division in alpine ski racing. Mr. Forest is a long time recreational runner having completed a marathon and half marathons and annually competes in local running events including the Wharf to Wharf race. He has recently taken up pickleball.


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Practice areas


  1. Child Custody: 22%
  2. Family: 22%
  3. Divorce: 22%
  4. Alimony: 20%
  5. Other: 14%
  6. More 



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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

11 total 

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  • Christopher Robert Martens

    I endorse Forest, He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Christopher Martens Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Richard Guy Avila

    I have known Warren professionally for 20 years, Warren is a diligent and creative lawyer who can find imaginative solutions to his clients legal problems. He is also a warm, caring, and very pleasant person to work with and be around.


    Richard Avila Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Family + Law = Solutions

5521 Scotts Valley Drive
Suite 270
Santa Cruz, CA, 95066-3470


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 BestAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2016
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
National Association of Distinguised CounselNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
Distinguished LawyerExpert Network2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawPrivate practice1993 - Present
AssociateRobertson, Lewis & Kirk1991 - 1993
Senior AttorneyFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation1989 - 1991
AssociatePearce, Smythe & Weibe1986 - 1988
AssociateWHITE & CASE1986 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Distinguished CounselMember2015 - Present
Family Law Bar of Santa Cruz CountyMember2005 - Present
Family Bar Section of the State Bar of CaliforniaMember2004 - Present
U.S. Supreme Courtmember1990 - Present
State Bar of Californiamember1985 - Present
Collaborative Practice Group of Santa Cruz CountyPast President2014 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Acquistapace v. MonrealFather retained all parental rights.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoCollege of Business Adm. Honors graduate in Accounting.Other - Bachelors1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law SeminarDivorce, child custody, and support2009