Jason A. Forge
“I wanted to join a private AG’s office committed to combating corporate corruption, where no one is too big to fall.”
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.
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. Representative results include United States v. Wilkes, 662 F.3d 524 (9th Cir. 2011) (affirming in all substantive respects, fraud, bribery, and money laundering convictions), cert. denied, _U.S._, 132 S. Ct. 2119 (2012), and United States v. Iribe, 564 F.3d 1155 (9th Cir. 2009) (affirming use of U.S.-Mexico extradition treaty to extradite and convict defendant who kidnapped and murdered private investigator).
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; 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; the nation’s largest baby-selling ring (led by a nationally renowned attorney who deceived judges with false pleadings); the first conviction of a hospital executive for violating federal anti-kickback statute through physician relocation agreements; the first investor-fraud case in the Southern District of California to utilize court-authorized wiretaps and listening devices (“bugs”) (leading to more convictions and years of imprisonment than Enron case); and the Southern District of California’s first prosecution and trial for producing child pornography and prostituting a child.
Mr. Forge also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, teaching White Collar Crime.
- 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