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Carl Forbes Jr.

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Carl Forbes, Jr., Esq. is a highly accomplished attorney and skilled negotiator, renowned as the Founder and Principal Attorney of Carl Forbes Jr. Law Firm PLLC. His legal acumen spans a range of areas, with a distinct focus on:

  • Expertly representing executors, administrators, and beneficiaries in probate and estate administration proceedings within Surrogate's Court.
  • Crafting and overseeing the execution of wills and various estate planning documents, ensuring meticulous attention to detail.
  • Providing adept representation to both buyers and sellers engaged in residential and commercial real estate transactions.
  • Offering comprehensive assistance to small businesses in their formation and operational endeavors.

At the forefront of his legal contributions, Carl also holds the esteemed role of President within the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA). This prominent association stands as New York State's largest predominantly Black bar association, dedicated to advancing the principles of justice, equality, and excellence. The MBBA actively promotes the progress of individuals of color within the legal profession and addresses legal matters impacting the broader community. Additionally, the association nurtures the development of young lawyers and law students, fostering a robust study of law.

Carl's rich professional journey includes previous roles such as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York Law School, where he co-taught Pretrial Advocacy and Negotiating, Counseling & Interviewing. His experience further extends to his time as a Senior Associate within the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department at the prestigious international law firm Proskauer Rose LLP. He also served as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel within the Office of Corporation Counsel, New York City Law Department, where he made significant contributions in the Brooklyn Tort and Manhattan Family Court divisions.

Carl Forbes, Jr.'s exceptional contributions to the legal field have garnered him well-deserved recognition:

  • He has been consistently honored as a New York Metro Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2019 to 2022.
  • His exceptional legal skill earned him a place on the National Black Lawyers Top 100 list in 2021 and 2022.
  • Schneps Media’s 2021 A List prominently acknowledges his impactful presence.

With an impressive track record and a steadfast commitment to justice and excellence, Carl Forbes, Jr. continues to make indelible contributions to the legal community, underscoring his dedication to advocacy, mentorship, and professional growth.


  • New York Metro Rising Star by Super Lawyers (2019-2022)
  • National Black Lawyers Top 100 list (2021-2022)
  • Schneps Media’s 2021 A List 

  • J.D. Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) - University
  • B.A., cum laude, in Philosophy, Politics, Politics & Law Binghamton University - University

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