Ms. Forkner graduated with honors from The Johns Hopkins University (double major in English and History of Art, 2006) and from Boston University School of Law (2009), where she served as a director for the J. Newton Esdaile Moot Court Program. In addition, during law school Ms. Forkner served as a judicial intern to a judge in the Circuit Court of Baltimore County and as a research assistant to a Harvard University School of Law professor. During college Ms. Forkner studied at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University (2004). Before joining Lee & Rivers LLP in 2011, Ms. Forkner gained experience in family law and estate planning at a mid-sized Massachusetts firm. She became a partner at Lee & Rivers LLP in January 2020.
Ms. Forkner has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Rising Star” continuously since 2013. She has also been recognized as a Top Lawyer in Boston Magazine and was recently selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law.
Ms. Forkner is a member of the Family Law section of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) and has served as the co-chair of the continuing legal education sub-committee. She has co-chaired and moderated several BBA programs on topics including Family Law Appeals, Alimony and Child Support, and Business Valuations in the Family Law Context. She has also participated in several Massachusetts Bar Association Annual Family Law Conferences, speaking about topics including the rules of evidence and trial preparation. Ms. Forkner is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association and was formerly on their Board of Directors. Ms. Forkner formerly served as President of the Board of Directors of the John Winthrop School for Young Children. She is also a member of the Friends Council of the Esplanade Association.
Ms. Forkner has guest lectured at Boston University School of Law on the subject of Separation and Antenuptial Agreements. She also frequently serves as a volunteer judge for the Boston University School of Law moot court programs and as an “Attorney for the Day” in the Probate & Family Courts. Ms. Forkner is also involved as a mentor in the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project. She has co-authored a chapter with Mr. David H. Lee entitled Tax Considerations for the Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manuel including the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on family law.
Ms. Forkner is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Maryland and is a member of the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court as well as the Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Court.