William Harper Forman, Jr., JD

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Title: Attorney
Company: Law Offices of Inabnett, Suthon, Forman and Justrabo
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Mr. William Harper Forman, Jr., JD, Attorney at the Law Offices of Inabnett, Suthon, Forman and Justrabo, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in international law.

Mr. Forman became involved in his profession because he comes from a long line of lawyers. His great-grandfather, his grandfather and father were all lawyers. He was aware of the profession from a young age. In college, he took a particular interest in political science, which he majored in. He took a class on international law and took a liking to it. At that point, he decided to go to law school. Years later while in the Air Force Reserves, he was stationed at the Pentagon and was assigned to write “The Laws of War.” He wrote an extensive briefing paper. When George H.W. Bush was president, Mr. Forman wrote against the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. It was published in many places, even religious publications. He took undergraduate courses that led to further personal interest in the law and later on, he got an opportunity to teach international law. His father also had a lot of influence in his life. Mr. Forman matriculated at Tulane University, receiving a BA in 1958 and a JD in 1961.

In 1961, Mr. Forman joined the U.S. Air Force as a Commissioned 1st Lieutenant to the Judge Advocate at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines until 1963. He then became a Captain to the Staff Judge Advocate at the Bossier Air Force Base in Louisiana until 1967. From there, Mr. Forman became a Captain and a Major for the Judge Advocate at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi from 1968 to 1981, when he moved up in ranking to Lieutenant Colonel. In 1984, he became a Lieutenant Colonel for the Judge Advocate in the International Law Division of the U.S. Air Force Headquarters until 1989. While serving, Mr. Forman took postgraduate coursework in criminology at the College of William and Mary in 1965. In 1970, he received a MA in government from Louisiana State University and he was a graduate of the Air War College Correspondence Program in 1986.

The highlight of Mr. Forman’s career was the covering of his paper against the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Because he had such an interest in law, this opportunity was a great accomplishment for him. Shortly after his paper came out, the issue of torture became a national headline, questioning the ethics. Mr. Forman’s career began in 1968, when he took a position of project leader for the Gulf South Research Institute until 1969. He then became an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in New Orleans until 1972, when he became the vice-chairman of the Consumer Advisory Board for the Federal Trade Commission. Also in 1972, Mr. Forman became an attorney for the Louisiana Community Improvement Agency in the city of New Orleans, where he remained until 1979. From 1977 to 1995, he was an attorney for a private practice. During the years of 1986 to 1995, he was an attorney for the Law Office of Robert C. Evans followed by becoming an associate for the Law Offices of Inabnett, Suthon, Forman and Justrabo. In 1995, he switched gears and took on a role as an adjunct professor in the departments of history and political science at Tulane University until 1999. He then moved on to become a professor at the Naval War College until 2011.

As a testament to his success, Mr. Forman has received myriad accolades including but not limited to a Sons of Confederate Veterans War Service Medal in 2017, being AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1986, receiving a Bronze Medal of Merit from the Order of Saint Lazarus in 2015 and a Bronze Good Citizenship Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution in 1996. Furthermore, Mr. Forman has been listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World.

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