Michael L. Forrester

1212 North Eastman Road

Kingsport, TN 37664

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

Peer Review Rated
Michael L. Forrester

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:

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

Professional Memberships:

  • American, Tennessee and Kingsport Bar Associations (KBA past president)
  • American Bar Association Tort and Insurance and Employment Practice Sections
  • Kingsport Chamber of Commerce legislative affairs and business development committees, Kingsport Fun Fest executive committee


  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Recipient, Access to Justice Award for Extraordinary Service,
    Legal Aid of East Tennessee
  • Inaugural Member, University of Tennessee Knoxville Alumni Board of Directors


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Tennessee Supreme Court, Appellate and Trial Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee