After his West Virginia education, and practicing law in Milton, West Virginia the first five years of his professional life, Attorney William E. Ford III honed his analytical and litigation skills by working as an enforcement trial attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in its Fort Worth, Texas and Miami, Florida offices. In 1992, Mr. Ford was offered a position as an in-house general counsel attorney by State Farm Insurance, assisting State Farm's management in operating a major metropolitan auto and homeowners claims operation, just in time for Hurricane Andrew. Later, Mr. Ford returned to litigation and trial practice representing insurers and their insureds in Florida and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.
Ford Law Office was opened in 2002, after Mr. Ford and his wife, Lisa, relocated to Clarksburg, Lisa having been raised in nearby Bridgeport.
Ford Law office opened its office in the Goff Building in historic downtown Clarksburg, West Virginia in 2006. Mr. Ford is also licensed to practice law in Florida, an advantage to his clients who maintain business and social ties in the Sunshine State.
Ford Law Office brings to bear for the benefit of the individual and small business enterprise client the experience of an attorney who has worked for the federal government, a major insurance corporation and corporate law firms. He combines the experience and perspective of a national litigation practice with the individualized counseling touch to address the needs of property owners, investors and entrepreneurs in North Central West Virginia and beyond.Mr. Ford is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer having appeared and tried cases in Federal and state courtrooms throughout the United States. He combines the experience of a large law firm litigator with the personal touch of a North Central West Virginia general practitioner. The Ford Law Office services small businesses and individuals who face a variety of financial legal problems and issues from the consultation stage through investigation, implementation, negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and, if need be, through the litigation process and trial.
Mr. Ford engages in general commercial and private litigation both for plaintiffs and defendants. The subject matter areas include insurance, construction, environmental, estate, professional licensing, administrative, business contract disputes, real estate, mineral, oil and gas contracts, deeds, collections, right of way/easement/boundary disputes, wills and trusts. securities and investments, business fraud, employment rights, landlord /tenant and corporate law.Mr. Ford has also been accepted by Courts as an expert in insurance claims handling. He is one of those rare attorneys who combine insurance litigation experience from both the Plaintiff and Defense perspectives with his experience of actually handling insurance claims as a claim representative and supervising claim staffs for a major insurance company.
Lisa Furbee Ford is from Bridgeport, West Virginia and a 1981 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law with the Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree.
She is a past member of the Texas Bar and an active member of the West Virginia Bar Association. She is a member of the Harrison County (West Virginia) Bar Association, is admitted to practice in the Northern and Southern Federal District Courts in West Virginia and is a member of the West Virginia Trial Lawyer's Association. Lisa practices law in Clarksburg, primarily in the field of Oil and Gas.
Lisa began her legal career in Charleston, WV and Fort Worth, Texas with a specialty in Oil and Gas law, representing Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia drilling companies.
She practiced law as an attorney with The Department of Justice (INS) and The Department of Homeland Security (ICE) from 1988 until 2010. She is recognized in the WVU College of Law Review as a West Virginia Pioneer Woman of the Law.
She continues in the practice of law as a partner in Ford Law Office representing West Virginia plaintiffs in oil and gas matters and general civil litigation.