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. He specializes in complex investigations, litigation and trials. As a federal prosecutor and private practitioner, Forge has conducted and supervised scores 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 Donald J. Trump. The settlement refunds over 90% of the money thousands of students paid to “enroll” in Trump University. He represented the class on a pro bono basis. Forge has also successfully defeated motions to dismiss and obtained class certification against several prominent defendants, including the first securities fraud case against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the first federal RICO case against 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 reopening 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. He also teaches White Collar Crime at the University of San Diego School of Law.
Forge has been selected as a Top Plaintiff Lawyer and a Top 100 Lawyer by the Daily Journal, and has been honored as a Litigator of the Year by Our City San Diego.
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.
- 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
- Top 100 Lawyer, Daily Journal, 2017
- Top Plaintiff Lawyer, Daily Journal, 2017
- Litigator of the Year, Our City San Diego, 2017
- 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 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
- April 4, 2017
- Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Announces Court Approval of $25 million Settlement in Trump University CaseMarch 31, 2017
- November 29, 2016
- November 29, 2016
- Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP's Pro Bono Representation Yields Historic Recovery on Behalf of Trump University StudentsNovember 18, 2016
- September 20, 2016
- July 30, 2015
- Robbins Geller Obtains Preliminary Approval of $400 million Securities Class Action Settlement Against Pfizer Inc.March 16, 2015
- February 13, 2015
- October 28, 2014
- Robbins Geller Defeats Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s Motion to Dismiss Securities Case Arising Out of Mexico Bribery ScandalSeptember 26, 2014
- October 8, 2013
- December 17, 2012
- August 28, 2012
- February 15, 2012
Awards & Recognition
- Robbins Geller Partners Dan Drosman and Jason Forge Named to Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers List
- Robbins Geller Partners Spencer Burkholz and Jason Forge Named Top Plaintiff Lawyers
- Darren Robbins, Michael Dowd, Jason Forge and Debra Wyman Named Litigators of the Year
- The American Lawyer Recognizes Robbins Geller Partners Michael J. Dowd and Jason A. Forge