James A. Ford

James A. Ford

Elam & Burke, PA

Recognized since 2003

Boise, Idaho

Practice Areas

Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

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James A Ford (“Jim”) is an experienced and successful litigator at Elam & Burke, specializing in workers’ compensation, insurance defense, and civil litigation. Since joining the firm in 1987, his dedication and remarkable work have resulted in recognition in the Best Lawyers in America, including Lawyer of the Year in Workers’ Compensation in 2022, and membership in the International Association of Defense Counsel, acknowledgments of his expertise and influence.

Prior to joining Elam & Burke, Jim practiced with an insurance defense firm in Boise and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This early experience honed his courtroom skills and sparked his interest in advocacy, forming the cornerstone of his present specializations.

At Elam & Burke, under the guidance of an experienced senior partner, Jim grew to become an authority in workers’ compensation, and now brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his clients’ cases. Jim focuses his workers’ compensation practice on representing employers and their workers’ compensation sureties.

Beyond his personal achievements, Jim has made notable contributions to the legal community. He was pivotal in the formation of the Young Lawyers Section of the Idaho State Bar and in the founding of the respected American Inns of Court in Boise. Jim has also served the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel in leadership roles, including serving as President from 2001 through 2002. These initiatives underscore his commitment to cultivating the broader legal community and guiding future legal professionals.

Jim assists with firm management as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He served as the firm’s Managing Director from 2021-2024.

Contact & Links
  • 251 East Front Street, Suite 300
    P.O. Box 1539
    Boise, ID 83701
  • University of Idaho, J.D., graduated 1985

Elam & Burke, PA
Boise, Idaho

3 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

2 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Boise (2023)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Special Focus:
  • Litigation
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Workers' Compensation Law


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