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  • J.D., 1974
    The University of Michigan Law School
  • M.A., 1971
    University at Buffalo The State University of New York
  • B.A., 1968
    University of Notre Dame

Hainline III, Forrest A
Forrest Hainline
Three Embarcadero Center
24th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Forrest Hainline, a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Group, has tried more than 100 cases before courts, juries and arbitration panels throughout the United States, as well as before the Federal Trade Commission and other administrative agencies in Washington, D.C. He is consistently recognized as a leading litigator by a variety of independent publications and is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Hainline has appeared in the U.S. Supreme Court and has argued before seven U.S. Courts of Appeals.


Mr. Hainline represents clients in complex trials and appeals. Many of his cases involve the presentation of complex scientific and/or economic evidence. He is often retained as trial counsel within six months of trial in “crisis litigation,” typically in cases involving:

  • Antitrust
  • Theft of intellectual property (trade secrets, invention)
  • Product liability (automobiles; food products)
  • Patent infringement
  • Breach of contract and fraud claims
  • Trademark infringement and false advertising
  • Consumer deceptive practices and unfair competition
  • RICO


Mr. Hainline is a member and former chair of the Standing Committee on Professional Conduct for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He is also a member of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, and its Food and Supplements Subcommittee.


Mr. Hainline is admitted to practice in California, Michigan and the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Supreme Court and many federal district and appellate courts.


Mr. Hainline has been consistently recognized as a leading attorney by a variety of publications including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500: United States Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers, and a Northern California “Super Lawyer.” He is individually rated "AV®-Preeminent™" by Martindale-Hubbell and is also named by American Lawyer Media as a “Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation” and “Top Rated Lawyer in Energy Environmental Natural Resources.” Mr. Hainline is also a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.


Mr. Hainline believes that a trial lawyer has to combine the skills of a priest, poet and martial artist. At Notre Dame, he studied theology under John Dunne and Henry Nouwen and philosophy with Joseph Evans. At SUNY Buffalo, he studied poetry with Robert Creeley, Irving Feldman and Lionel Abel, and is a published poet. Forrest is a third degree black belt in Aikido and has a black belt in Aiki style fencing.