Robert E. Forrest

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Robert E. Forrest has extensive experience in litigating civil and criminal tax controversies with the federal and state governments, as well as the litigation of complex commercial disputes. He also has participated in numerous administrative and regulatory investigations involving other agencies of the federal and state governments.


Robert primarily represents both large and small corporations, their officers, and business professionals in difficult tax and criminal matters.

Robert previously served as a trial attorney for the Criminal Section, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., from 1975 until 1981, where he was responsible for reviewing and prosecuting criminal tax cases throughout the country. He received an Outstanding Attorney Award from the Justice Department’s Tax Division in 1979.

Robert is the author of many articles and publications, and served as an Adjunct Professor of Taxation at the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Law. He also was named a “Michigan Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters and a Michigan “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness magazine.

Insights & News

February 26, 2018

Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week

Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week. The ad emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We understand the region. We know what moves Michigan. We are committed to the community.

January 26, 2018

Download Kerr Russell's updated firm brochure and overview of services

Kerr Russell is proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874. Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area. We know Michigan business like the back of our hands.

January 15, 2018

Influencing the Legal Landscape - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in dbusiness

Kerr Russell introduces the third ad in the new Est. in Detroit 1874 series: Influencing the legal landscape. The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We don't sit on the sidelines. We are active in industry groups and we're driving legislative change. We are leaders in the law.

December 18, 2017

Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan

One of our traditions here at Kerr Russell is to hold a holiday raffle to benefit three local charities as well as to conduct a toy drive for local children. This year's raffle (many of the beautiful and festive prizes picture here) raised a record total of $3,450 which will be divided equally among three organizations: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor.

November 30, 2017

Merry and bright ... Kerr Russell welcomes the holiday season

It's a time to celebrate, reflect and remember. However you mark the holidays, we hope your days are filled with warmth and thankfulness, good times, and endless cheer. As another year draws to a close, we at Kerr Russell are grateful to you. You give purpose to our work and add meaning to our relationships. Your trust is a cherished gift. Enjoy these images as we get our offices ready to celebrate the holiday season. Design by Mandy Lark of Lark Interior Design.

November 3, 2017

Kerr Russell launches new advertising in upcoming issues of dbusiness and Crain's Detroit

With this month's issue of dbusiness, focused on Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Kerr Russell launches its new brand advertising with A Track Record of Results. Working with Identity Public Relations and Marketing, Kerr Russell's marketing team developed the creative to emphasize the firm's longstanding place in Detroit's legal and business history.

November 1, 2017

Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the eighth consecutive year, announce the Best Law Firms rankings.

January 11, 2016

Robert E. Forrest authors New Internal Revenue Code Provision Permits Revocation or Denial of Passport for Certain Taxpayers with Tax Debts

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law Public Law 114-94, The FAST Act f/k/a HR 22 - Surface Transportation Reauthorization Reform Act of 2015. As part of its many provisions, new Section 7345 of the Internal Revenue Code was enacted.

April 11, 2013

Robert E. Forrest authors Avoidance of Tax Malpractice

Whether one is a general practitioner or seeking to specialize in tax practice, it is well to consider the perils and avoidance of tax malpractice.


•Judicial clerk to the Honorable June L. Green, United States District Judge for the District of Columbia

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Taxation
  • Criminal Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
313-961-0200  Phone
313-961-0388  Fax
University Attended:
Northwestern University, B.A., 1971
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University, J.D., 1974
Year of First Admission:
United States District Court, District of Columbia; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan; United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; United States Court of Claims; United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Michigan; United States Supreme Court; United States Tax Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan


State Bar of Michigan

Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, Member, Board of Directors and Past President

Federal Bar Foundation, Trustee

Past Chair, Oakland County Bar Tax Committee

Past Board Chair and Trustee, Academy of Sacred Heart (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Member


Peer Reviews

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