Francis A. Ford has been an integral member of the Massachusetts legal community for more than 30 years. Mr. Ford enjoyed a broad general practice and now focuses his work in alternative dispute resolution. A seasoned litigator, Mr. Ford has successfully mediated hundreds of civil matters involving many areas of the law. He has a special expertise in personal injury matters of all kinds whether the injuries are the result of automobile accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, fall down incidents, or any other cause.
From 2003 to 2007 Mr. Ford was the elected Clerk of Courts and Magistrate for Worcester County. In his capacity as Clerk of Courts, Mr. Ford was an active participant in matters of interest to the public with particular emphasis on issues concerning the Administration of Justice. Before his election as Clerk of Courts, Mr. Ford was in private practice in Worcester since 1979. From 1975-1979 he served as a Deputy Court Clerk in the Worcester Superior Court.
Mr. Ford has been a significant contributor to numerous organizations throughout his career. He is a past President of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and he was the President of the Worcester County Bar Association from 1996-1997. He also has been an active member of the American Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Massachusetts Bar Institute.
He has served as a member of the House of Delegates, the governing body of the Massachusetts Bar Association and as the Dukes County Bar Association's designee to the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments. Mr. Ford currently serves on the Board of Directors of Community Legal Aid the primary legal services provider for the poor in central and western Massachusetts, as well as on the Board and the Executive Committee of the and the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC).
Mr. Ford remains committed to the community he serves and has held numerous public service positions. He served on the Board of Directors for many organizations including the Worcester Public Inebriate Program, the Worcester Opportunities Industrialization Centers and the Diocese of Worcester. He continually donates his time and services to the Town of Paxton through St. Columba Parish, the town's Building Needs Study Committee and, from1996 to 2011, as the elected Town Moderator where he presided over the Annual Town Meeting and any Special Town Meetings which were convened. Additionally, he served as a cabinet member of the United Way of Central Massachusetts, a member of the Holy Cross Club of Worcester and on the Board of Directors of the Worcester Club.
Mr. Ford has received numerous awards and honors over the years. In 1994 he was the recipient of the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts Leadership Award for serving the legal needs of people living with HIV and AIDS in Worcester County. In 2005 he was the recipient of the prestigious Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award. In 2010 Mr. Ford received the Distinguished Attorney Award from the St. Thomas More Society of Worcester County. Since 1999, Mr. Ford has been selected as a recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Mr. Ford has spoken at many public events including serving as a panelist and moderator of a large number of continuing legal education seminars for the Worcester County and Massachusetts Bar Associations, the Flaschner Judicial Institute and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
Mr. Ford is married to Family Law Mediator, Attorney Shirley A. Doyle, and he is the proud father of three children. In his spare time Mr. Ford enjoys music, reading, biking on the Vineyard and going to the beach.