Forrest has enjoyed a lengthy legal career specializing in government relations and helping businesses and individuals with complicated state and local tax issues. He had the privilege of presenting two cases to the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. In addition to state and local tax, he continues to have an active mediation and arbitration practice. He has mediated over 500 cases and over 90% of them have settled in his office.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the Dallas Better Business Bureau, is a member of the DFW Airport Board of Directors and a member of the Dallas Heart Association Board of Directors. For the past twenty years, he has served as the Honorary Counsel General for Thailand.
During his tenure as President of the Greater Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, he opened discussions and united both the Hispanic and Black Chambers of Commerce.
Forrest received his B.A. Degree from Southwestern University and his J.D. and LL.M (Tax) degrees from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. He was an adjunct professor at SMU School of Law for fifteen years where he taught State and Local taxes. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southwestern, was Father of the Year, has served on numerous Boards and Commissions and has received the Russell Perry Free Enterprise Award and the Legends of Service Award. He also received the Justinian Award from the Dallas Bar Association. The Texas General Counsel Forum has created the Forrest Smith Scholarship Fund at the Dedman SMU School of Law.
Throughout his 60-year career, he has focused on practicing law and serving the community. As counsel to Mobil Oil for decades, he became concerned about the way Judges are elected. He founded the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary (CQJ)which assures that all judicial candidates are qualified and disseminates this information to the public.
Under his leadership as partner of a national law firm, he helped create a 60-person firm and created the first Minority Counsel program aggressively promoting minority firms to the corporate community.
He Co-Founded the Texas General Counsel Forum, which promotes interaction between the Bar and General Counsels. He also created the Russell Perry Free Enterprise to help the Dallas Baptist University raise over $3 million dollars in scholarship funds for needy students. He also created the Legends of Service Award to raise funds for Dallas Life, the largest homeless center in Dallas.
According to Forrest, “Lawyers have an obligation to serve the public by providing top legal services and by also helping the community to be the best it can be in every way. Friedman & Feiger offers me a place that I can do both.”