Claire Hollis Forster hails from Chicago, Illinois, and has been practicing law for almost a decade. She attended law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of the Law Review and became a certified court mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution. In 2006, she graduated from Chicago-Kent with Honors and was admitted to the State Bar of Illinois. She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2014, and to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Tribal Court in 2015.
Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Forster worked for several years at one of the premier, large law firms in Chicago, Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP. As an associate at Katten, she gained significant experience in both secured transactions and litigation. While there, Ms. Forster represented senior secured lenders in connection with complex financing transactions and drafted numerous loan agreements and associated documents. She also represented firm clients involved in various types of litigation claims, including claims for breach of contract, product liability, false advertising, antitrust violations, employment discrimination, and patent infringement. In addition, while at Katten, Ms. Forster successfully represented asylum seekers from Togo and Chad in the United States Immigration Court.
After Katten, Ms. Forster served for four years as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois. During her time with Judge Der-Yeghiayan, Ms. Forster assisted the Judge with both civil and criminal matters. She advised the Judge regarding facts and law relevant to the cases before him, and drafted proposed orders and rulings for the Judge’s consideration. In addition, Ms. Forster assisted the Judge with facilitating the settlement of many legal claims in his courtroom. Following her clerkship, Ms. Forster served as court-appointed counsel in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, handling the appeal of a convicted criminal defendant. She later went on to represent corporate clients of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, also in Chicago, Illinois, in connection with various types of civil rights litigation.
Since joining Stroup Meengs, PC, Ms. Forster has concentrated her practice on estate planning and administration. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Probate and Estate Planning through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Ms. Forster has also handled several estate and trust contests, as well as juvenile delinquency and abuse/neglect cases in the probate court. In addition, Ms. Forster has assisted small business clients with the purchase and sale of assets, and has advised both individuals and corporate clients regarding potential liability exposure.
Ms. Forster is a member of the 2017-2018 Leadership Little Traverse Class.