Kate Forrest

Kate Forrest

Pate, Johnson & Church, LLC
  • Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Appeals & Appellate
  • Georgia
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Kate fiercely believes that everyone has the right to a fair trial and an excellent lawyer. She brings an unmatched passion for justice and a discerning academic eye to every case she works on.

Beginning her career as a public defender, Kate gained significant experience representing the poor in the State and Superior Courts of Clarke and DeKalb County, Georgia. During her time in public defense, she handled hundreds of cases and spent thousands of hours in the courtroom fighting for her clients. She has argued dozens of pre-trial motions and successfully kept the prosecution from being able to introduce illegally-collected evidence in numerous cases. She has also handled eight trials as lead counsel, securing not-guilty verdicts on all counts for every one of those clients.

After attending the University of Georgia School of Law on a full scholarship, Kate graduated in the top ten percent of her class. During her time in law school, she served as Executive Editor for the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law and received a McLendon Fellowship for her work with indigent criminal defendants during her summers. She was also given a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for earning the highest grade in her Criminal Procedure class. In her spare time, she worked both as a research assistant at the University’s law library, and as a teaching assistant for Professor Russell Gabriel, the founder of UGA’s Criminal Defense clinic. Following her graduation magna cum laude, Kate was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Coif for her outstanding academic achievement.

As a child, Kate was a military brat and traveled frequently, but she has called Georgia home for the last 20 years. She enjoys cycling, yoga, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
White Collar Crime
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Additional Practice Areas
  • Whistleblower / Qui Tam
  • False Claims Act
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of Georgia
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The University of Georgia School of Law
J.D. (2017)
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University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
B.A. (2012) | English
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Georgia  # 555336
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Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL)
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Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
101 Marietta Street
Suite 3300
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: (404) 223-3310
1715 Reynolds Street
Brunswick, GA 31520
Toll-Free: (912) 574-3000
Northern Virginia
114 North Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (703) 420-3300
Washington, DC
1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 1025
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 660-0727
Los Angeles, CA
100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 700
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Toll-Free: (310) 862-5300