Michael Forshey is a seasoned and detail oriented trial lawyer who assists clients in resolving business and commercial disputes by applying creative solutions and, when necessary, judicial intervention. During more than 30 years of practice he has handled a wide variety of business and commercial disputes focusing on financial transactions, intellectual property matters and the entertainment industry. In 2013, Mr. Forshey was appointed managing partner of Patton Boggs’ Dallas office.
Mr. Forshey also has substantial experience representing celebrity and entertainment clients in protecting their IP rights, including addressing infringement in the marketplace and on the internet. He also represents celebrity clients on spokesperson, endorsement, licensing agreements and film agreements.
In addition to his regular practice, Mr. Forshey has a long history of pro bono work. He serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the firm’s Compensation Committee.
- Established and continue to manage world-wide enforcement efforts for an internationally known celebrity, including monitoring and addressing infringements in the marketplace and on the Internet. This includes traditional and online retailers, online auction and trading forums, and social media platforms such as FaceBook and Twitter.
- Represent client in all aspects of creating and expanding a multi-team sports league for combat martial arts, including licenses for cable network and other television rights; entity formation, protection of intellectual property (domain names, copyrights, trademarks and patents), and negotiation and preparation of contracts for operations, athletes, event venues, advertising and support sponsorships, and domestic and international television and DVD rights.
- Represent clients in independent film production, including rights acquisition, financing and distribution.
- Represent world-renowned celebrity in the negotiation of Actor’s Agreement with major motion picture producer.
- Duzich, et al., v. The CIT/Commercial Services, Inc., et al., 395 F.3d 527 (5 Cir. 2004). Successful defense of commercial lender against lender liability claims.
- Oabrand v. Cenfuel N.A., Inc.: successful prosecution to declare patent license agreement invalid and successful defense of breach of contract, fraud and RICO counterclaims.
- Kevco v. Lloyds of London: successful defense of breach of contract and bad faith claims in connection with key-man disability policies for publicly traded company.