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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

Practice areas


  1. Family: 80%
    29 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    29 years



Hourly ($200-275/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Patrick William Rawnsley

    I consider myself fortunate to have known Forrest for over 20 years. He is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever known and his skills in the courtroom make him one of the finest attorneys against whom I have ever practiced. Knowing the law is only useful if one can apply it instantly to the facts and Forrest is exceptional in this regard. His honesty and integrity is beyond reproach. He is a zealous advocate and if I ever needed legal representation, I would hire him.


    Patrick Rawnsley Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Lee Dewitt

    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

Contact info

925 Trosper Rd Sw
Tumwater, WA, 98512-6937


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AM-JUR Award for EvidenceWashington & Lee University1985
Moot Court Team QualifierWashington & Lee University1985
Cum LaudeWhitman College1983
Phi Beta Kappa Honors SocietyMember of Phi Beta Kappa1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President and founderLaw Office of Forrest Wagner1995 - Present
Parttime ProfessorCapitol Business College1993 - 1994
ProfessorSouth Puget Sound Community College1989 - 2002
Associate AttorneyWilliam B. Pope & Associates1988 - 1995
Associate AttorneyBarckley, Kopp, Lutes & Mitchell1987 - 1989
Associate AttorneyMorgan & Bartholomew1986 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Family Law Section, Washington State Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Washington Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1997 - 2003
Thurston County Volunteer Legal ClinicVolunteer1995 - 1997
Washington Young Lawyers DivisionN/A1988 - 1990
South Puget Sound Community CollegePart-time professor family law and business law1988 - 2001
ToastmastersMember1988 - 1991
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Marriage of JenningsSupreme Court unanimous opinion in our favor.
State v. LadsonDismissal of charges and Supreme Court approval
State v. GreenlandAcquittal and State payment of attorney fees
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trial NewsRelocation in Family Law1996
Washington State Bar AssociationDefending Against Sex Abuse Allegations in Family Law Cases1995
CLE sponsored by local bar associationThe ABC's ov Child Support1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Whitman CollegeHistoryBA1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Midyear SeminarSexual Abuse Allegations in Family Law1995
Washington State Bar Association Speakers BureauVarious Legal Subjects1990
Speakers BureauVarious Legal Topics1987