Lawyers

Philadelphia
One Commerce Square
2005 Market Street
Suite 2900
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Education

J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1985

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, 1979

Honors

AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-­Hubbell

For over 25 years, Mr. Forte has counseled his clients through difficult business and financial problems either by achieving resolutions promptly or by aggressively pursuing or defending litigation or arbitration whenever necessary. His matters arise in and out of court and take place in federal, state and private forums. Mr. Forte has particular knowledge of bankruptcy law and many years of experience in bankruptcy cases advising his clients on the unique problems and issues presented in bankruptcy disputes, bankruptcy trials and bankruptcy appeals. Mr. Forte studies his clients' businesses closely and has extensive experience working with business executives and corporate lawyers when problems develop. Mr. Forte's clients are participants in a variety of industries and engage in a wide range of transactions and counter-party relationships.

Mr. Forte has developed knowledge of asset recovery and asset protection, and in 2013 published his first book, The Fraudulent Transfer Handbook, designed to aid lawyers and clients on fraudulent transfer matters. He published supplements to that book in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In 2010, Earl was recognized by Smart CEO magazine for his expertise in business restructuring, bankruptcy and financial services matters. He has also served his state Supreme Court by chairing the Philadelphia County Hearing Committee to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, which proposes decisions on disciplinary matters against Pennsylvania lawyers. Mr. Forte also taught as an adjunct professor of law at the Villanova University School of Law for four years.

On January 14, 2014, Mr. Forte was quoted by noted legal journalist Roger Parloff, senior editor for legal affairs for Fortune Magazine, regarding an opinion by the Supreme Court of the United States on the powers of the nation’s bankruptcy courts under the U.S. Constitution. 

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Pennsylvania
California
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Memberships

Eastern District of Pennsylvania ­ Bankruptcy Conference
State Bar of California
Racquet Club of Philadelphia
Episcopal Community Services ­ Social Services, Board of Trustees
University of San Diego School of Law

Community Involvement

With the exception of five years in California and two in New York, Earl is a lifelong Philadelphia-­area resident and for over twelve years has served as a member, including Treasurer, of the Board of Trustees of Episcopal Community Services (ECS), an established social services organization that assists individuals in need in the Philadelphia region. He has also held positions on various sub­committees to the ECS Board.

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Contact

(267) 602-2045

eforte@grsm.com


Offices

Philadelphia

Education

J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1985

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, 1979

Honors

AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-­Hubbell

Earl M. Forte

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Biography

For over 25 years, Mr. Forte has counseled his clients through difficult business and financial problems either by achieving resolutions promptly or by aggressively pursuing or defending litigation or arbitration whenever necessary. His matters arise in and out of court and take place in federal, state and private forums. Mr. Forte has particular knowledge of bankruptcy law and many years of experience in bankruptcy cases advising his clients on the unique problems and issues presented in bankruptcy disputes, bankruptcy trials and bankruptcy appeals. Mr. Forte studies his clients' businesses closely and has extensive experience working with business executives and corporate lawyers when problems develop. Mr. Forte's clients are participants in a variety of industries and engage in a wide range of transactions and counter-party relationships.

Mr. Forte has developed knowledge of asset recovery and asset protection, and in 2013 published his first book, The Fraudulent Transfer Handbook, designed to aid lawyers and clients on fraudulent transfer matters. He published supplements to that book in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In 2010, Earl was recognized by Smart CEO magazine for his expertise in business restructuring, bankruptcy and financial services matters. He has also served his state Supreme Court by chairing the Philadelphia County Hearing Committee to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, which proposes decisions on disciplinary matters against Pennsylvania lawyers. Mr. Forte also taught as an adjunct professor of law at the Villanova University School of Law for four years.

On January 14, 2014, Mr. Forte was quoted by noted legal journalist Roger Parloff, senior editor for legal affairs for Fortune Magazine, regarding an opinion by the Supreme Court of the United States on the powers of the nation’s bankruptcy courts under the U.S. Constitution. 

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Admissions

Pennsylvania
California
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Memberships

Eastern District of Pennsylvania ­ Bankruptcy Conference
State Bar of California
Racquet Club of Philadelphia
Episcopal Community Services ­ Social Services, Board of Trustees
University of San Diego School of Law

Community Involvement

With the exception of five years in California and two in New York, Earl is a lifelong Philadelphia-­area resident and for over twelve years has served as a member, including Treasurer, of the Board of Trustees of Episcopal Community Services (ECS), an established social services organization that assists individuals in need in the Philadelphia region. He has also held positions on various sub­committees to the ECS Board.

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