Richard M. Forrest, JD, CPA

For the last twenty-five years Richard Forrest has focused his legal practice exclusively in the area of accountant liability and professional licensing and regulatory issues.  His clients range from solo practitioners to international accounting firms and staff accountants to controllers of publicly-traded companies.


Mr. Forrest has defended hundreds of lawsuits involving audit, tax, and consulting services ranging in claim size up to $13 billion.  He has counseled and defended employee whistleblowers and regularly advises accountants on claim prevention.


Mr. Forrest has represented professionals before state and federal agencies, including Texas and other state boards of public accountancy, private licensing organizations, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, NASDAQ, the State Bar of Texas, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). 


For ten years Mr. Forrest authored an approved ethics course required by rules of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for certification and licensing as a certified public accountant in Texas and presented that course to thousands of CPAs and CPA candidates.


In 1998 Mr. Forrest founded the law firm that is now Forrest Law Group, P.C. in Houston, Texas.  Prior to founding Forrest Law Group, P.C., Mr. Forrest was a partner in a mid sized full service business law firm in Houston.  Mr. Forrest practiced as a CPA with a Lubbock, Texas, accounting firm for several years before earning his law degree.

Doctor of Jurisprudence

Texas Tech University School of Law



Bachelor of Business Administration

Major in Accounting

Minors in Economics and Finance

Stephen F. Austin State University



Certified Public Accountant

Licensed in Texas



Board Certified Administrative Law

Texas Board of Legal Specialization



Licensed to Practice in:

US Supreme Court

US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

US District Court Southern District of Texas
US District Court Northern District of Texas

US District Court Eastern District of Texas

All Texas Courts and Agencies