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Jennifer A. Forquer

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Biography

Jennifer A. Forquer has been with Meridian Family Law since 2011 and has been a partner since 2013. She decided to dedicate her career to family law in 2001 when she joined a boutique, family law firm in Bethesda, Maryland where she eventually became a partner. She returned to Washington 2007 and after a brief hiatus she returned to the practice of family law in 2009.

She has extensive experience in family law and provides a wide range of services. These include representation in complex divorce proceedings, high-asset divorce, child support, same-sex family law issues, co-habitation agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, collaborative divorce, parenting plans, and post-divorce matters such as modification of child support, modification of spousal support (alimony) and the enforcement of court orders and settlement agreements.

She works closely with her clients to ensure they have the information they need to make informed decisions and to plan their path forward. She believes that her clients and their children future is of utmost importance, and that while contested litigation is sometimes necessary or unavoidable, practical advice and out of court solutions can often lead to better, long-term results and can allow people to resolve their family matter with respect. In addition to being an adept litigator, she is collaboratively trained and represents clients in the collaborative divorce process.

Personal

Born and raised in AK, Jennifer enjoys the outdoors whether it be creating and tending to extensive flower gardens, kayaking, or trolling for king salmon in Cook Inlet with her family. She's been married and divorced, but now lives with her significant other (Jeff) and their two adopted and spoiled cats. She and Jeff travel frequently to AK and the east coast to visit family.

 

Classes & Seminars

  • Presenter - with Paige Haley on new developments in child support at the King County Bar Associations Annual Family Law Hot Topics CLE, 2018
  • Presenter - with Sharon Friedrich at the 2017 WSBA Family Law Midyear Meeting and Conference, New Issues Regarding Protection of Client Confidentiality
  • Presenter - ADR Approaches in Family Law- Arbitration, Mediation or Collaborative Law - A Panel Discussion, Bar Association of Montgomery County MD, Family Law Section CLE 2007
  • Presenter - Divorce Legal Seminar Part I and Part II, Montgomery County Commission for Women, 2004

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Jennifer has volunteered her time and services through the King County Bar Association’s Neighborhood Legal Clinic program since 2011.

Published Works

  • Author - co-authored updates to Chapter 6 (Enhancing Civility and Maintaining Privacy for Your Clients) for the Third Edition of the Washington State Family Law Deskbook, 2022
  • Article - co-authored "Additional Thoughts on the Issue of Civility: Discovery in Family Law and the Effects of Conflict on Children", King County Bar Association's Bar Bulletin, 2017
  • Article - co-authored "Ethical Duties to Protect Your Client’s Confidentiality and Data", King County Bar Association's Bar Bulletin, 2017

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. - 1992
    • Honors: cum laude
  • The Pennsylvania State University
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: General Arts and Sciences

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1995
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington

Honors

  • Washington Super Lawyer, Family Law, 2022
  • Maryland and Washington DC Super Lawyer, Family Law, 2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell rated Distinguished
  • 2007 President's Citation for Outstanding Service to the Bar Association of Montgomery County MD

Professional Associations

  • Washington Bar (Family Law Section)
  • King County Bar Association (Family Law Section) - Chair of the Family Law Section in 2014-2015, Secretary from 2012-2013 and Vice Chair from 2013-2014
  • Domestic Relations Attorneys of Washington
  • Collaborative Professionals of Washington (current Board member and Treasurer)
  • King County Collaborative Law (Chair of Standards & Best Practices committee 2017-2021)
  • Compass Collaborative
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals