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Katherine B. Forrest is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department.  She recently served as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York and was the former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  She has significant experience in complex litigation (including in the areas of antitrust, pharmaceutical, financial services, toxic tort, intellectual property and significant employment matters), as well as criminal matters and investigations.  Over the course of her career, she has been regarded as a leader in legal issues relating to technology, including the digital environment, high speed trading and content distribution (from both the content provider and distributor sides).  She has recently given speeches on big data and artificial intelligence. 

Ms. Forrest’s representations include leading a high profile investigation for a major media company and representing a multinational European company in connection with multiple investigations involving a variety of criminal and civil agencies.  She currently represents Epic Games in its litigation against Apple and Google alleging anticompetitive behavior in the distribution of mobile apps and in the processing of in-app purchases.

In 2011, Ms. Forrest was nominated by President Obama to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  In her seven years on the bench, she presided over several thousand criminal and civil cases, including over 100 trials.  She also authored more than 1,000 opinions and sat by designation on the Second Circuit for dozens of appeals.  As one of the members of the Judicial Patent Task Force for the Southern District of New York, she presided over several dozen patent cases and conducted numerous Markman hearings.  Before stepping down from the bench, Ms. Forrest also served on the Grievance Committee for the Southern District and was Chair of the Committee from 2016 until August 2018. 

In 2010, Ms. Forrest was named Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, where she oversaw operations for criminal and civil enforcement and worked on merger review and numerous civil and criminal antitrust investigations. 

Ms. Forrest received a B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she co-teaches a course on Quantitative Methods and the Law.


Updated July 2021