Richards H. Ford is a Managing Partner in the firm’s Orlando office. In his 30+ year career, Mr. Ford has engaged in active civil trial practice, focusing on the defense of professional and corporate institutions. He has tried over 100 civil jury trials, including professional negligence, products liability, construction litigation, medical malpractice, automobile liability, transportation liability and general civil litigation cases.
Mr. Ford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Florida in 1976 and a Juris Doctor from Boston University in 1979. An AV® Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Ford is also a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, certified with The National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and as of 2012, a Board Certified Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy. In addition, he actively lectures on trial advocacy techniques and various legal issues throughout the state.
Mr. Ford joined Wicker Smith in 1983 and except for a six month hiatus, has been with the firm ever since. In 1988, he was asked to open the Orlando office, which has since grown to become one of the largest of the firm’s eight Florida locations. Among several honors, Mr. Ford has been named a Florida Super Lawyers from 2006 to 2014. He has also been listed among Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” from 2004 to 2007, 2009, and 2012 to 2013, as well as Best Lawyers in America 2012 - 2014. In 2006, he was appointed to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an exclusive legal organization that limits its membership to one-third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.