Forrest Booth

Forrest Booth

Partner San Francisco , United States


  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
  • US Court of Claims
  • US Court of Military Appeals
  • US Tax Court


  • Harvard Law School, JD
  • Amherst College, BA

Forrest is a Partner in the San Francisco office. He has extensive expertise in trial court and appellate cases involving maritime personal injuries, cargo damage, collisions, marine insurance coverage, oil pollution, maritime contract disputes, charter parties, pilotage, vessel arrest, mediation, ship building and ship repair, products liability, property damage, construction defects, oil industry indemnity agreements, breach of contract, marine salvage, treasure salvage, maritime fraud, stevedoring, cargo subrogation and oil and gas energy matters. Forrest specializes in marine insurance and reinsurance with a focus on defense of claims and disputes, litigation, admiralty and maritime claims, insurance coverage, marine insurance, appeals, oil, gas and alternative energy matters; he also advises his clients on matters of commercial general liability and regulatory issues. 

Forrest is also admitted Pro Hac Vice admission in numerous federal courts.

Market recognition

  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Insurance: Advice to Insurers in United States’ The Legal 500 US (2021)
  • Global Leader for ‘Transport – Shipping’ (US)
    Who’s Who Legal Transport 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers
  • Maritime Lawyer of the Year (twice)
  • Maritime Law Association of the U.S., Board Member
  • Founder and Chair, Pacific Admiralty Seminar
  • Chair, American Bar Assn. Marine Insurance Committee
  • Chairman of the Board, SS JEREMIAH O’BRIEN, World War 2 Liberty Ship
  • President, National Liberty Ship Memorial

Publications and presentations


  • "Recent U.S. Supreme Court Maritime Cases," presented at the International Marine Claims Conference in Dublin, Ireland (September 2019)
  • Marine Insurance Masterclass 3, Instructor, April 22-24, 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Marine Insurance Masterclass 2, Instructor, April 15-17, 2013, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Marine Insurance Masterclass I, Instructor, April 18-20, 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • "Marine Insurance/Piracy: Threats and Challenges," presented at the Pacific Admiralty Seminar (2012)
  • "Update on the COSCO BUSAN Litigation," presented at the American Pilots’ Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada (2010)
  • "Marine Pilots; Essential Colleagues or Convenient Scapegoats?" presented at the International Marine Claims Conference in Dublin, Ireland (2010)
  • "What Insurance Lawyers Need to Know About the Legal Ramifications of the Gulf Oil Spill," (webinar) 2010
  • "Recent Developments in U.S. Insurance Law," presented at the International Bar Association, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2008)
  • "Claims Presented to the Wrong (Marine) Insurers," presented at the International Marine Claims Conference, Dublin, Ireland (2008)
  • "The Effect of 9/11 on the Insurance Industry in the United States," presented at the International Bar Association, Prague, Czech Republic (2005)
  • "Insuring Against Project Loss: Construction, Shipping and Political Risk Insurance," presented at the International Project Development Conference, Houston, Texas (2004)
  • "Subrogation," presented at the Third International Energy Claims Adjusting Conference, Lillehammer, Norway (1998)
  • "Who Owns Sunken Treasure? The BROTHER JONATHAN case," presented at the Pacific Admiralty Seminar (1998)
  • "Bad Faith: Legal Trends in Suits Against Insurers," presented at the Pacific Admiralty
    Seminar (1990)
  • "Bad Faith - Legal Trends in Suits Against Insurers", Author, 4 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 1 (1992)
  • "Bad Faith: Representation of Assureds in Claims Negotiations," presented at the Houston Mariners Club Marine Insurance Seminar (1990)
  • "Conflicts of Interest in Maritime Practice," presented at the Southeast Admiralty Law Institute (1990)
  • "Defending a Liability Claim: Conflicts of Interest and Their Resolutions," presented at the Third International Maritime Law Conference of the Law Society of British Columbia (1986)
  • "Bankruptcy of Insurers," presented at the Pacific Admiralty Seminar (1983)


  • Author, "Marine Insurance, Jurisdiction and Piracy: Threats Foreign and Domestic",
    25 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 37 (2012)
  • Author, "The Collision of Property Rights and Cultural Heritage; The Salvors' and Insurers' Viewpoints", published in Art and Cultural Heritage: Law, Policy and Practice (Barbara Hoffman ed., 2005)
  • Author, "Port and Maritime Security," 15 U.S.F. Mar. L. J. 1 (2002)
  • Author, "Who Owns Sunken Treasure? The Supreme Court, The Abandoned Shipwreck Act and the BROTHER JONATHAN", 11 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 77 (1998)

Work highlights

  • Over a dozen trials to verdict or judgment
  • Over 40 appeals in state and federal courts of appeals