Forrest Booth focuses his practice in insurance and reinsurance with particular emphasis on the defense of claims and disputes, litigation, admiralty and maritime claims, insurance coverage, marine insurance, oil and gas and energy matters. He has substantial knowledge and experience in cases involving personal injuries, collisions, cargo damage, oil pollution, charter parties, maritime contract disputes, pilotage, marine insurance coverage, mediation, ship building and ship repair, vessel arrest, product liability, property damage, construction defect, oil industry indemnity agreements, breach of contract, marine salvage, maritime fraud, stevedoring, cargo subrogation and commercial and oil and gas energy matters. Forrest also advises and counsels his clients on matters of commercial general liability.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in March 2015, Forrest was for nine years a partner at an insurance boutique firm in San Francisco. He was a partner at a number of other San Francisco firms, including having been a founder and senior partner of his own firm in the 1990s. He began his career in at a firm in Washington, D.C.

Forrest served his country as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1968–1972.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • International Law and Practice Section
    • Litigation and Tort Section
    • Insurance Practice Section
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA)
  • Pacific Admiralty Seminar Steering Committee (PAS), Former Chair
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Asia-Pacific Lawyers Association
  • Association of Average Adjusters (UK)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Admiralty and Maritime Law, 2006 – 2020
  • Recognized on the Super Lawyers list by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2009 – 2019


  • Marine Insurance Masterclass 3, Instructor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 2013
  • Marine Insurance Masterclass 2, Instructor, Cape Town, South Africa, April 2013
  • Marine Insurance Masterclass 1, Instructor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 2012
  • "Marine Insurance/Piracy: Threats and Challenges," Pacific Admiralty Seminar, 2012
  • "Update on the COSCO BUSAN Litigation," American Pilots' Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2010
  • "Marine Pilots: Essential Colleagues or Convenient Scapegoats?," International Marine Claims Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2010
  • "What Insurance Lawyers Need to Know About the Legal Ramifications of the Gulf Oil Spill," webinar, 2010
  • "Recent Developments in U.S. Insurance Law," International Bar Association, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 2008
  • "Claims Presented to the Wrong (Marine) Insurers," International Marine Claims Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 2008
  • "The Effect of 9/11 on the Insurance Industry in the United States," International Bar Association, Prague, Czech Republic, 2005
  • "Insurance Against Project Loss: Construction, Shipping and Political Risk Insurance," International Project Development Conference, Houston, Texas, 2004
  • "Subrogation," Third International Energy Claims Adjusting Conference, Lillehammer, Norway, 1998
  • "Who Owns Sunken Treasure? The Supreme Court, The Abandoned Shipwreck Act and the BROTHER JONATHAN," Pacific Admiralty Seminar, 1998
  • "Bad Faith: Legal Trends in Suits Against Insurers," Pacific Admiralty Seminar, 1990
  • "Bad Faith – Representation of Assureds in Claims Negotiations," Houston Mariners Club Marine Insurance Seminar, 1990
  • "Conflicts of Interest in Maritime Practice," Southeast Admiralty Law Institute, 1990
  • "Defending a Liability Claim: Conflicts of Interest and Their Resolutions," Third International Maritime Law Conference of the Law Society of British Columbia, 1986
  • "Bankruptcy of Insurers," Pacific Admiralty Seminar, 1983


  • "No Sailing Blind: Weather Services Help Avoid Storms," The Maritime Executive, July 15. 2016
  • "Marine Insurance, Jurisdiction and Piracy: Threats Foreign and Domestic," 25 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 37 (2012)
  • "The Collision of Property Rights and Cultural Heritage: The Salvors' and Insurers' Viewpoints," "Art and Cultural Heritage: Law, Policy and Practice," 2005
  • "Port and Maritime Security," 15 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 1 (2002)
  • "Who Owns Sunken Treasure? The Supreme Court, The Abandoned Shipwreck Act and the BROTHER JONATHAN," 11 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 77 (1998)
  • "Bad Faith – Legal Trends in Suits Against Insurers," 4 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 1 (1992)

J.D., Harvard Law School

B.A., cum laude, Amherst College