Attorney Spotlight: Forrest Andrews, Board-Certified Appellate Attorney

Forrest Andrews is a Florida Board-Certified Appellate Attorney and Partner with Lydecker Diaz, a full-service law firm with more than 80 attorneys and with offices in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

As one of only about 200 Board-Certified Appellate Attorneys in Florida, Forrest brings deep and broad experience in appellate, commercial, and state and federal litigation in high-profile cases. 

Forrest provides litigation support services to trial counsel by developing effective strategies at the trial level in anticipation of an appeal. He is often brought in at the beginning of a case to guide insurance clients, identify the issues to raise, the arguments to make, and the procedures to navigate. 

Before coming to Lydecker Diaz in 2018, Forrest served as an assistant city attorney for the City of Miami. He began his career in 2005 with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office as an assistant state attorney before moving on to the Florida Office of the Attorney General as an assistant attorney general.

When working with clients, Forrest provides them with the right guidance, strategy, and recommendations to move their case forward and resolve cases quickly and successfully. He helps them anticipate issues, see possibilities, and go beyond winning the case to securing rulings that bring clarity for future cases. 

Comprehensive preparation is a hallmark of Forrest’s approach. He understands how an issue is likely to play out in front of a jury or judge, develops contingency plans, and has an answer for every possible development. He operates outside of conventional thinking, has cultivated a highly respected reputation among appellate judges, and knows how to write motions and briefs that educate and influence on behalf of his clients. 

Forrest earned his Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 2005 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Delaware in 2002.

He enjoys sports, particularly baseball, and loves playing basketball. He likes to travel and spend time outdoors.

Recent Lydecker Diaz Win is a Win for Miami’s Real Estate Market

As Miami continues to be a destination for foreign investors looking to buy real estate, many of which are not fluent in English, translators are often used to help communicate in negotiating deals. A case won at the Third District Court of Appeal by Lydecker Diaz attorneys Joan Carlos Wizel and Mark Hendricks underscored that a broker must initiate negotiations through some affirmative act to bring the buyer and seller together and remain involved in the continuing negotiations, in order to claim commission.

Per Joan Carlos Wizel, this case was a win not only for the firm, but also for Miami’s real estate market. Learn more about the case and how it will impact the current foreign investment real estate landscape here.

Lydecker Diaz Announces Launch of College Scholarship Program



Scholarship Program to Benefit College Undergraduate and Graduate Students


MIAMI, FL (July 10, 2018) – Today, law firm, Lydecker Diaz, announced the launch of a scholarship program benefitting an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a U.S. college, university or institute.


The $1,000 Lydecker Diaz Scholarship is open to any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program by September 1, 2018. Each applicant must submit a 500 words or less essay that expresses why he or she was born to practice law, or what area of law he or she would prefer to practice in if he or she was to major in a law. One student will win a $1,000 scholarship to use toward school-related expenses such as tuition, books, or room and board.


“We are excited to offer this scholarship to one student to help him or her pursue their education and dreams alleviating some of the worry that comes with student-related fees,” said Mark Hendricks, Managing Partner, Lydecker Diaz.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is November 30, 2018. A panel of three judges will announce a winner on December 15, 2018. To apply for this scholarship, please visit, or email your application to




About Lydecker Diaz

Lydecker Diaz is an AV-rated full-service national law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Bonita Springs, Jacksonville and Tampa. The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience in the areas of commercial and financial litigation, intellectual property, labor & employment, appeals, and corporate & business transactions.


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Lydecker Diaz Attorneys Recognized with the Prestigious 2018 Super Lawyers Distinction

(Miami, FL – June 14, 2018) – Today, law firm Lydecker Diaz announced that several attorneys from across the firm’s east coast offices have been selected to appear on the national 2018 Super Lawyers list. The prestigious recognition is given to outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have garnered a high degree of peer recognition, as well as professional achievement.

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