Patrick Forrest

Vice President, Litigation, and Deputy General Counsel


Patrick Forrest is the vice president, litigation, and deputy general counsel for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). As part of the Manufacturers' Center for Legal Action, Forrest works to strengthen the NAM's ability to promote manufacturing policy objectives through litigation.

Mr. Forrest's background includes legal, policy and government relations experience on a wide range of issues. He is a former presidential management fellow with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He later served as both associate chief counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel and as the associate chief in the Office of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He also completed tours of duty in Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Before joining the NAM in 2013, Mr. Forrest was the associate director of the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management at the George Washington University and the director of homeland security programs at American Military University. In 2011, he was a candidate for the Senate of Virginia. In 2010, Mr. Forrest was the Fulbright research chair in North American studies at the University of Alberta in Canada, where he focused on issues of importance to Canada and the United States, such as immigration reform and energy policy.

Mr. Forrest earned his B.A. from the Virginia Military Institute, his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his L.L.M. in Litigation and Dispute Resolution from the George Washington University Law School. Mr. Forrest continues to instruct graduate courses at the George Washington University. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security at George Washington University. Mr. Forrest also provides pro bono representation to asylum and refugee seekers and serves as a judge advocate general for the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.