Mary Elizabeth (MaryBeth) Forwood joined The Siemon Law Firm in 2016 and brings with her twenty-nine years of legal experience. She primarily works out of the Cumming office where she practices exclusively in the area of family law.
Ms. Forwood’s passion for protecting the vulnerable is evident. She has an established reputation as a violence-against-women advocate and child advocate serving eighteen years as a Prosecutor in both adult and juvenile courts – most especially for Special Victims cases involving Child/Adult Sexual Assault, Child Physical Abuse and Domestic Violence. She began her career as a Child Protective Services Social Worker and has continued to focus on child welfare and family law matters in each of her legal positions. Having tried more than 60 major felony level jury trials as solo counsel, argued more than 50 oral arguments at both the State Supreme Court and Federal Court of Appeals levels, her well-rounded expertise, true sense of justice and comfort in the courtroom, is a benefit to every client from the first attempt at negotiation to the final stages of litigation.
A native of New Mexico, MaryBeth spent many years “out west” but truly enjoys and appreciates the climate, intrinsic warmth and hospitality of the southeast. She is an avid runner, having completed five marathons (including Boston), 20 half marathons, and more 10k and 5k races than she cares to tabulate. She is married to Jon Forwood, a Western Circuit Assistant District Attorney, and combined they have five children and four grandchildren. She also has a passion for dogs and cherishes her current yellow lab “Murphy” and chocolate lab “Maddy” and their assistance as her running buddies.
- University of Wyoming, College of Law, Laramie, Wyoming
- University of Wyoming
- B.S.W. Social Work
- Honors: Cum Laude
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Georgia Association of Counsel for Children
- National Association of Counsel for Children