Jason A. Forge
“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. Mr. Forge specializes in complex investigations, litigation and trials. As a federal prosecutor and private practitioner, Mr. 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. Mr. Forge has taught trial practice techniques on local and national levels. He has also written and argued many state and federal appeals, including an en banc argument in the Ninth Circuit.
While at the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Central and Southern Districts of California and the Eastern District of Virginia, Mr. 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).
While at the Firm, Mr. Forge has been a key member of litigation teams that have successfully defeated motions to dismiss against several prominent defendants, including the first securities fraud case against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and civil RICO cases against Donald J. Trump and Scotts Miracle-Gro. In a case against another prominent defendant, Pfizer Inc., Mr. Forge 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.
- 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
- UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall): Visiting Lecturer, Legal Research and Writing
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
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
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States District Courts for the 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