By Tina Alvey
Following proudly in his father’s footsteps, Richard E. Ford Jr. was honored Thursday evening as a member of the 2013 class of West Virginia Bar Foundation Fellows.
Those so honored are lawyers and judges “whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession,” according to the Foundation’s website. Of the more than 5,000 lawyers and judges in West Virginia, fewer than 300 have been selected as Bar Foundation Fellows since 1999.
“I am truly honored and flattered to have been extended an invitation to be a Fellow,” Ford said. “It’s an honor to be selected.”
Ford said his selection holds particular personal significance, given that his father, Richard E. Ford Sr., with whom he practiced law for more than 30 years, was inducted as a Fellow in 1999.
A graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, Ford has been in general practice in Lewisburg since 1981. 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.
He is an ABA Fellow, was president of the West Virginia State Bar from 1996 to 1997, served on the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors and the Board of the West Virginia Bar Foundation, as chairman of the Young Lawyers Section of the West Virginia State Bar and on the Board of the Defense Trial Council of West Virginia.
Ford currently serves on the Executive Council of the West Virginia Bar Association and previously was chairman of the Real Estate Section of the West Virginia Bar Association.
Ford’s ties to his community run deep. He was an adjunct professor of Business Law at Greenbrier Community College Center for over 20 years and has been an assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 70 for more than 30 years, an association that has led to several prestigious awards.
Ford is lay leader of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, where he is a lifelong member. His associations, past and present, include the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Foundation, Greenbrier County Library, WVU Alumni Association and Lewisburg Rotary Club.
Ford and his wife, Patti, have two sons — Grady, who practices law in Jackson Kelly’s Charleston office, and Jay, who will enter the first-year class of the West Virginia University College of Law this fall.
The West Virginia Bar Foundation is the philanthropic organization for the state’s legal profession and justice system. The Foundation provides grants to worthwhile charitable entities that improve the administration of justice and the provision of legal services for the people of West Virginia.
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