Christopher W. Ford
Chris was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He attended Boulder High School, where he graduated Valedictorian. After graduating from college first in his class, Chris worked on public health projects in the San Francisco Bay area. He subsequently went to law school at Harvard Law School, where he graduated with honors. Following his graduation from law school in 1997, Chris clerked for the Honorable Mary Mullarkey, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. Chris began his practice at Hutchinson Black and Cook the following year.
Over the course of his career, Chris has handled cases involving complex commercial matters, serious personal injuries, and civil rights. He regularly teaches for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Chris has also been actively involved in his community. He was a trustee of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado for six years and is currently the Chair of the Foundation. He co-chairs the local Boulder campaign for the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, which raises money for civil legal services for low-income people. He also served on the board of a not-for-profit pre-school agency in downtown Boulder for several years.
Chris has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® and named a Colorado "Super Lawyer." He was also named 2017 Personal Injury-Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" for Boulder by Best Lawyers.
Chris's practice has included litigating cases in numerous state courts throughout Colorado and the federal District Court of Colorado. He has also arbitrated complex commercial cases through the American Arbitration Association. Chris has been consistently rated AV by Martindale Hubbell.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his sons and running on Boulder's trails. He has run several full and half marathons. Chris spent his first sabbatical in southern Spain and travelling throughout Europe.
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
Representative Cases and Transactions
- Individual Counsel. Chris has represented individuals in a wide variety of cases. Chris has represented family members in wrongful death cases, plaintiffs in civil rights matters (including Title IX), and individuals who have suffered from injuries in variety of contexts, including motor vehicles, premises liability, and professional negligence. Throughout his tenure at the firm, Chris has successfully handled both small and large personal injury cases.
- Commercial Disputes. Over the course of his career, Chris has also represented companies and individuals who need counsel for various commercial matters. He has litigated disputes relating to commercial leases, purchase agreements, development and construction, real estate, employment and intellectual property.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- Construction Litigation
- Personal Injury Litigation
- Real Estate Litigation
- Title IX Litigation
- Harvard University, J.D., 1997
- Texas Christian University, B.S., 1990
Summa Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions / Clerkships
- Colorado, 1997
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1998
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1999
- Law Clerk, Honorable Mary J. Mullarkey, 1997-98; Colorado Supreme Court
Memberships / Awards
- American Bar Association
- Colorado Bar Association
- Boulder County Bar Association
- Chairperson, Board of Trustees of The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado
- Named 2017 Personal Injury-Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" for Boulder by The Best Lawyers in America®.