Meet Forrest Andrews
Forrest Andrews is the Chair of Lydecker LLP’s Appellate Department and Co-Chair of its Commercial Department. He is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by the Florida Bar and has experience handling all types of appellate proceedings, including extraordinary writs, in state and federal courts.
In addition to appeals, Forrest focuses his practice on:
- Providing litigation support services to trial counsel by developing effective strategies at the trial level in anticipation of an appeal;
- Complex commercial, environmental, and governmental litigation; and
- preparing dispositive pre-trial motions, jury instructions, motions in limine, and motions for directed verdict.
Before joining Lydecker LLP, Forrest had an extensive career in the public sector. Forrest began his legal career with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office and prosecuted numerous misdemeanor and felony cases. Forrest was also assigned to the highly selective Narcotics Unit where he prosecuted complex drug trafficking cases and provided legal advice and training to other prosecutors and law enforcement officers.
Next, Forrest served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Bureau for over two years. During that time, he drafted more than 100 appellate briefs, presented over 20 oral arguments in the Florida Supreme Court and the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida, and handled federal habeas corpus cases.
After working several years in civil litigation, Forrest resumed his appellate practice at the City of Miami Attorney’s Office. He served as appellate counsel for the City of Miami on a variety of legal issues in Florida appellate courts, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit. Among the matters Forrest handled were civil rights suits under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, personal injury, municipal law, public records and sunshine law cases, and employment cases.
Significant Representations & Experience
Forrest has been involved in various cases involving complex issues of law, resulting in leading
authorities at both state and federal levels. Some of these representative cases include: