Matthew Forst

Matthew Forst

Matthew Forst

Professorial Lecturer in Law


Email: Matthew Forst
Law School Complex 20th Street, NW between G & H Streets, NW Washington DC 20052

Matthew Forst is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. He is currently the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Detrick, Maryland for the United States Army Medical Research and Development Command. Mr. Forst has been an active-duty Judge Advocate for the last 16 years in a variety of litigation and criminal law assignments. 

Mr. Forst was most recently the Deputy Director of the United States Army Advocacy Center (2021-2023) at the United States Army Legal Services Agency, where he oversaw the creation and administration of numerous advocacy courses, such as Classified Litigation, Advanced Cross-Examination, and Electronic Evidence. His previous assignments also include Senior Defense Counsel at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, 2018–2020; Attorney-Advisor, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Cavazos, Texas, 2016–2018; Special Victim Prosecutor, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 2013-2015; Chief of Criminal Law, V Corps, Wiesbaden, Germany, 2012–2013; Defense Counsel, Vilseck, Germany, 2010–2012; Prosecutor, 4th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Cavazos, Texas and Camp Arifjan Kuwait, 2008–2010.

Throughout his career, Mr. Forst has tried dozens of courts-martial, both as a prosecutor and defense attorney for offenses ranging from assault consummated by battery to murder.

BA, Tulane University; JD, Stetson University; LLM, George Washington University

  • 6887 - Problems Trying Terrorists in Article III Courts