Jennifer A. Forquer

Partner

Jennifer A. Forquer began her litigation career as a public defender in Tacoma, WA, but chose to focus her practice on family law in 2001. After practicing for and becoming a partner of a boutique, family law firm in Bethesda, Maryland she moved to King County in 2009 and joined Carol Bailey & Associates in 2011.

Jennifer shares the firm’s core values of crafting thoughtful legal strategies and decisive, client-based solutions that reflect and respect her client’s values, needs and expectations in completing their family matter.  She strives to preserve civility and respect, and to reduce conflict and its impact on parents and their children. Jennifer diligently obtains the information necessary to help her clients to explore their options and rights so that they can make informed decisions about their future. She provides no-nonsense advice to clients while identifying how to best achieve their desired outcomes, whether in litigation or settlement negotiations.

Jennifer’s practice involves all aspects of family law: preparation of post nuptial and separation agreements, parenting, child support and simple and complex financial cases.  She is attentive to and skilled in navigating the issues raised by held business interests, commercial and residential real estate, government and private pensions/retirement benefits, asset tracing, and stock awards/options. She has a broad based understanding of and provides seasoned advice about the complex financial issues that clients face when divorcing and she has the attentiveness necessary to successfully handle complex cases.

In 2010 she expanded her practice to include representing family law clients who want to utilize the Collaborative Law process.  The practice of Collaborative Law provides a team of people dedicated to helping the parties explore and reach long term solutions for themselves and their children.  The Collaborative Law gives parties the freedom and the power to create their own durable agreements instead of having decisions affecting their children and their financial future imposed upon them by the judicial system.  After receiving her initial training in 2010, Jennifer has continued to improve her skills through ongoing collaborative training, membership in collaborative practice groups and regularly handling Collaborative cases.

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1995, cum laude
  • Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Arts 1989

Bar Admissions & Memberships

Admissions:

  • Washington Bar, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1998
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2005
  • District of Columbia Bar, 2001 (resigned 2011)
  • Maryland Bar, 2002 (Inactive status August 2014)

Memberships:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section of the King County Bar Association (Chair 2014/2015; Vice-Chair 2013/2014; Secretary/Treasurer 2012/2013)
  • King County Collaborative Law Group (current Chair of the Standards and Best Practices Committee)
  • Compass Collaborative practice group
  • King County Collaborative Law Downtown Family Law practice group
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • American Bar Association

Although she is an inactive member of the Maryland Bar, while practicing in Maryland she was co-chair of the Montgomery County Bar Association’s Family Law Section, a member of the Montgomery Inns of Court and was named a Maryland Super Lawyer.

Volunteer Work

Beginning in 2009, Jennifer has volunteered her time and services through the King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinic program where she assists unrepresented family law litigants.  She also assists unrepresented family law litigants at King County Superior Court at their Status Conference/Non-Compliance hearings.