Richard E. Ford, Jr.
Richard E. Ford, Jr., is a partner in The Ford Law Firm and has practiced in Lewisburg since 1981, with an emphasis on residential and commercial real estate transactions, probate, estate planning, and business and contract matters.
Mr. Ford graduated from West Virginia University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1981. He is admitted to practice before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. He is a member of the Greenbrier County Bar Association, The West Virginia State Bar, The West Virginia Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Ford is an ABA Fellow, served as President of the West Virginia State Bar from 1996 to 1997, has served on the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors, the Board of the West Virginia Bar Foundation, as Chairman of the Young Lawyers Section of the West Virginia State Bar, and as Chairman of the Real Estate Section of the West Virginia Bar Association. He has also served on the Board of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia, and was an adjunct professor of Business Law at Greenbrier Community College Center for over twenty years.
He is Lay Leader of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church and has been an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 70 in Lewisburg for over thirty years.
He and his wife, Patti, have two sons, Grady, who practices law at The Ford Law Firm, and Jay, who practices law at Spilman Thomas & Battle.
Richard Grady Ford
R. Grady Ford has a diverse legal background with experience ranging from representing clients in commercial bankruptcies to criminal prosecutions to adoptions. Grady is well respected by his peers, and has been selected three times as a West Virginia Super Lawyer Rising Star (2018, 2019, 2020). Since returning to the Greenbrier Valley and joining the Firm in 2015, his practice has focused on providing legal counsel and services to municipalities, political subdivisions, and businesses, as well as a robust family law (divorce, custody, domestic relations, child support, etc.) and criminal defense practice.
Grady is a lifelong West Virginian, born and raised in the charming city of Lewisburg, West Virginia. After serving on the West Virginia Law Review and graduating Order of the Coif from the West Virginia College of Law in Morgantown, Grady spent first the years of his practice learning and lawyering in Charleston, West Virginia. He was fortunate to have the honor of spending a year serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert B. King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He spent three years working with and learning from some of the most skilled and respected lawyers in West Virginia in Jackson Kelly PLLC, in the firm's commercial law group.
Prior to moving back home to Lewisburg to join the Ford Law Firm, PLLC in 2015, Grady spent two years representing the City of Charleston as an assistant city attorney in the City Attorney’s Office. Since moving his family back to Lewisburg, Grady has continued to represent municipalities, government boards, and political subdivisions in his private practice, serving as city attorney for municipalities in the greater Greenbrier Valley and litigating various matters before circuit courts and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. In addition to representing municipalities and general litigation, Grady has devoted and developed a substantial portion of his practice to representing families and individuals in family law and criminal matters.
Grady is involved in giving back to the local community and serves on a number of boards of local non-profits including Carnegie Hall, the Child Youth Advocacy Center, and the Greenbrier Historical Society.