Michael L. Forrester

1212 North Eastman Road

Kingsport, TN 37664

Phone: (423) 378-8836
E-Mail: forrest@hsdlaw.com

Practice Emphasis:

  • Tennessee Workers’ Compensation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • General Employment and Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Contract, Policy Interpretation and Litigation


  • A.A., Martin College (now Martin Methodist College) (1979)
    (Magna Cum Laude)
  • B.A., University of Tennessee (1981) (with high honors)
  • J.D., University of Tennessee (1984)

Practice Experience:

Michael Forrester has practiced with the firm since 1984. Since becoming a partner in 1990, he has enjoyed a varied and challenging state and federal court civil law practice. His primary emphasis has been on employment-related litigation, particularly workers’ compensation and civil actions brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). He is certified by the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee as a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.

Mr. Forrester has been fortunate to represent and work with some of the most respected and dynamic employers in Northeast Tennessee on a wide variety of issues, including employer representation in court and administrative trials and hearings, workplace training and investigations, discipline and termination matters, benefits and leave issues, accommodation and disability disputes, and drafting and enforcement of company policies and procedures.

Awards, Recognition, Accomplishments:

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Access to Justice Award for Extraordinary Service, recipient (2013-2018)
  • Legal Aid of East Tennessee, volunteer attorney
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville Alumni Board of Directors, inaugural member (2009-2013)

Professional & Civic Involvement:

  • American Bar Foundation, fellow
  • American Bar Association; Tort and Insurance Section, Employment Practice Section, member
  • Tennessee Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Tennessee Bar Association, member
  • Kingsport Bar Associations, former president


  • Tennessee, 1984
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1992
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2006