Patrick N. Forrest

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, National Association of Manufacturers 

Mr. Forrest is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).  If this capacity he is responsible for directing litigation efforts, on behalf of U.S. manufacturing, in both U.S. and foreign courts.  He also serves as a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves and instructs graduate courses at George Washington University. Mr. Forrest’s background includes legal, policy and government relations experience on a wide range of issues.

He is a former Presidential Management Fellow with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He later served as both Associate Chief Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel and as the Associate Chief in the Office of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Mr. Forrest was a member of the first Presidential Transition Team for the Department of Homeland Security from 2008 till 2009.  He also completed tours of duty in Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Before joining the NAM in 2013, LT Forrest was the Associate Director of the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management at the George Washington University and the Director of Homeland Security Programs at American Military University.  In 2011 he was a candidate for the State Senate of Virginia.

In 2010, Mr. Forrest was the Fulbright Research Chair in North American studies at the University of Alberta in Canada, where he focused on issues of importance to Canada and the United States, such as immigration reform and energy policy. His writings on homeland security topics have been published in various scholarly journals including the National Law Journal and the Journal of Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy.

Mr. Forrest earned his B.A. from the Virginia Military Institute, his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his L.L.M. in Litigation from the George Washington University Law School.