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Forst, Keith H.

Keith H. Forst

Direct Tel: +1 202-538-8139
Washington, D.C.
Tel: +1 202 538 8000 Fax: +1 202 538 8100

Keith Forst is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.  Keith is a trial lawyer that represents clients across a wide range of complex commercial matters, including intellectual property matters, general business litigation, energy disputes, class action litigation, and international arbitration.  Keith received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, magna cum laude, from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

  • NARL v. BP (AAA arbitration): Represent NARL in an arbitration dispute over the interpretation and implementation of a tolling agreement for delivery of crude to NARL’s Refinery in Come By Chance, Newfoundland. Arbitration ongoing.
  • United States ex rel. Beauchamp v. Academi Training Ctr. (E.D. Va.): Represent ACADEMI in false claims case involving allegations of falsified weapons qualifications in Kabul, Afghanistan. Case ongoing.
  • Americans For Prosperity Foundation v. Kamala Harris (C.D. Cal.): Represented AFPF in a First Amendment case concerning the Attorney General of California’s demand that AFPF – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit – disclose its list of major donors nationwide. Bench trial awarded permanent injunction preventing the disclosure.
  • Optima v. U.S. Tobacco Cooperative (S.D. Fla.): Represented U.S. Tobacco Cooperative in a copyright infringement involving allegations of wrongful use of copyrights purportedly owned by Optima. Case dismissed at pleading stage due to Optima’s lack of ownership of asserted copyrights.
  • Archer Well Company v. GW Holdings (S.D.N.Y.): Represented GW Holdings in a contract dispute over GW Holdings’ acquisition of five fracking companies, and allegations concerning the quality of the underlying operation and equipment of those fracking companies. Case settled favorably.
  • Soverain v. J.C. Penney, et al.(E.D. Tex.): Represented Soverain in a patent infringement case involving shopping cart, hyperlink, and session identifier technology used for e-commerce systems. Jury verdict of infringement of all five asserted claims, no invalidity, and $18 million in pre-trial damages.
  • HEPACO v. O’Brien’s (Arbitration): Represented O’Brien’s in a contract dispute concerning O’Brien’s management of on-shore oil clean-up services related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Arbitration settled favorably.


  • Georgetown University
    (J.D., 2008)
    • Dean's List
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
    (B.S., magna cum laude, Chemical Engineering, 2003)
  • The State Bar of New York
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • United States District Court:
    • District of Columbia
  • Hunton & Williams, LLP:
    • Associate, 2007-2010

  • Exxon-Mobil, Research and Engineering Company:
    • Process Design Engineer, 2004-2007
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association