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
  • Pro Hac Vice admission in numerous federal courts


  • 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.

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/Piracy: Threats and Challenges," presented at the Pacific Admiralty Seminar (2012)
  • Author, "Marine Insurance, Jurisdiction and Piracy: Threats Foreign and Domestic",
    S.F. Mar. L.J. 37 (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)

Work highlights

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