Jason A. Forge

Partner

“I wanted to join a private AG’s office committed to combating corporate corruption, where no one is too big to nail.”

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for over 12 years, Jason Forge investigated and prosecuted some of the nation's most significant cases, including the largest corruption case in congressional history.

Jason Forge is a partner in the Firm’s San Diego office. He specializes in complex investigations, litigation and trials. As a federal prosecutor and private practitioner, Forge has conducted dozens of jury and bench trials in federal and state courts, including the month-long trial of a defense contractor who conspired with Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham in the largest bribery scheme in congressional history.

Forge was a key member of the litigation team that secured a historic recovery on behalf of Trump University students in two class actions against President-Elect Donald J. Trump. The settlement provides $25 million to approximately 7,000 consumers. The result means individual class members will be eligible for upwards of $35,000 in restitution. He represented the class on a pro bono basis.  He has also successfully defeated motions to dismiss against several prominent defendants, including the first securities fraud case against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Scotts Miracle-Gro.

In a case against another prominent defendant, Pfizer Inc., he led an investigation that uncovered key documents that Pfizer had not produced in discovery. Although fact discovery in the case had already closed, the district judge ruled that the documents had been improperly withheld and ordered that discovery be reopened, including the reopening of the depositions of Pfizer’s former CEO, CFO and General Counsel. Less than six months after completing these depositions, Pfizer settled the case for $400 million. 

While at the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Central and Southern Districts of California and the Eastern District of Virginia, Forge was a key member of prosecution teams that led dozens of grand jury investigations and successfully prosecuted many ground-breaking cases in addition to the Cunningham bribery case, including the first search of an executive office at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, which was part of an investigation that led to the conviction and imprisonment of the CIA’s Executive Director (the highest-ranking federal law enforcement or intelligence officer ever imprisoned); the nation’s largest fraudulent mortgage origination scheme; and the nation’s largest baby-selling ring (led by a nationally renowned attorney). Forge has also taught trial practice techniques on local and national levels, and has written and argued many state and federal appeals, including an en banc argument in the Ninth Circuit.  

Forge earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, graduating with high distinction. He then earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School, graduating magna cum laude, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and was a Contributing Editor to the Michigan Law Review.

Representative Presentations

  • Southern District of California U.S. District Court and Federal Bar Association Trial Practice Seminar: Presenter and Panelist, Closing Arguments
  • Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development (Tirana, Albania) Public Corruption Seminar: Presenter and Panelist
  • National Advocacy Center (Columbia, South Carolina) Trial Advocacy Seminar: Instructor
  • National Advocacy Center (Columbia, South Carolina) RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) Seminar: Presenter

Honors & Awards

  • Two-time recipient of one of Department of Justice’s highest awards: Director’s Award for Superior Performance by Litigation Team
  • Numerous commendations from Federal Bureau of Investigation (including commendation from FBI Director Robert Mueller III), Internal Revenue Service, and Defense Criminal Investigative Service

Education

The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1993, magna cum laude

  • Order of the Coif
  • Contributing Editor to Michigan Law Review

The University of Michigan Ross School of Business, B.B.A., 1990

  • High Distinction

Admissions

  • California
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Ninth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Jason A. Forge

Office

San Diego
T: (619) 231-1058
F: (619) 231-7423

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