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Phil Calandrino

AV-rated Orlando business attorney, Phil Calandrino, moved to Florida from Illinois with his parents in 1984. Back then, as excited as he was to be in Florida, he had lifelong dreams of becoming a lawyer like his uncle. So, after being part of the first graduating class of Dr. Phillips High School, Phil went off to business school at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (1994) and then on to law school at Indiana University School of Law, in Bloomington (1998), to soak up all the business law lectures he could and to watch Coach Bobby Knight throw tantrums – along with an occasional chair or two – up and down the basketball court.

Growing up in a household of entrepreneurs, Phil learned what it really meant to be a small business owner. So, when he graduated from law school, he could think of no better career than being an entrepreneur himself, especially one who helps other like-minded people start and grow their business.

Phil founded Forward Law Firm in 1998 with a mission to help companies avoid the aggravation of unnecessary litigation and prevail in important cases. Phil works with small business owners to start, buy, and sell business ventures, raise financing for those enterprises, protect the assets of the business and its owners, and draft agreements for all varieties of business relationships. Phil is also a hard-nosed business trial attorney and has been quoted by dozens of national media outlets. He is admitted to practice in all Florida federal and state courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

When Phil isn’t putting together strategies using contracts, insurance, and asset protection tools for his clients, he is committed to serving his community. Phil served as chairman of the Orange County Bar Associations Business Law Committee and was a member of its Executive Counsel for two terms.

Florida Team. World class results.

Philip K. Calandrino, Esq.

Attorney, CEO & Founder

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Jared A. Mangum, Esq.


Andy Brown

Business Development

Rebecca Wilbur

Executive Assistant

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Marketing & IT

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“From start to finish Forward Law Firm was a pleasure to work with. The entire team that assisted us were top notch. I highly recommend this firm.”


“In a nutshell, my experience with Forward Law Firm, guided by Phil Calandrino, was exceptional. Their transparent fixed fee billing, combined with their legal expertise and commitment to their clients, makes them a top-notch choice. If you’re looking for legal services that put your peace of mind first and deliver outstanding results, I wholeheartedly recommend Forward Law Firm. They made a real difference in my legal journey, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.”


“Jared and Andy from Forward Law have been an absolute pleasure to work with! Jared is undeniably the best in the business when it comes to business law. His depth of knowledge and expertise instill unwavering confidence in the legal process. You leave every meeting with the reassuring feeling that you and your company are not only in good hands, but in the hands of a true professional who genuinely cares about your success. I highly recommend this company!”

“We would give Jared at Forward Law Firm 1000 rating if available. He truly listened to each of us and carefully explained our options for starting our new business venture. He also raised questions we would not have thought of. In starting a new business, it is best to do it right and we made the right choice with the right lawyer so we can move forward in the right way. Thank you, Jared”