Chris Ford is of counsel to Murphy Cordier PLC, offering a wealth of experience in a variety of state and federal courts in Arizona and California. Chris is capable of sophisticated appellate litigation and is experienced in a broad range of civil practice areas, including contracts/business disputes, real property, probate, defamation, and bankruptcy. Chris also has experience in complex federal court practice and has been successful against governmental agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, in disputes under federal law, including in civil rights matters.
A former newspaper reporter and editor, Chris attained the unusual feat in law school of having three papers he wrote for class assignments published in law journals, and he served as editor-in- chief of the international law journal at his school. As a practitioner, Chris has been a principal force in litigation that has resulted in published decisions in federal courts. Before settling in Arizona, Chris litigated in Los Angeles trial courts and the California Court of Appeal, and since arriving in Arizona, he has accomplished publication in a successful Arizona Court of Appeals case against the State of Arizona.

Published cases

  • Lunney v. State of Arizona, 244 Ariz. 170 (App. 2017) (briefing for an Arizona attorney that obtained a partial reversal relating to the Arizona Public Records Law)
  • Hiken v. Dep’t of Defense, 836 F.3d 1037 (9th Cir. 2016) (obtained reversal)
  • Wige v. City of Los Angeles, 713 F.3d 1183 (9th Cir. 2013) (obtained reversal)
  • Hiken v. Dep’t of Defense, 521 F.Supp.2d 1047 (N.D. Cal. 2007) (obtained order for release of documents in Freedom of Information Act case)

Publications, Law Journals

  • Fear of a Blackened Planet: Pressured by the War on Terror, Courts Ignore the Erosion of the Attorney-Client Privilege and Effective Assistance of Counsel in 28 C.F.R. § 501.3(d) Cases, 12 Wash. & Lee J. C.R. & Soc. Just. 51 (2006)
  • Reclaiming the Public Forum: Courts Must Stand Firm Against Governmental Efforts to Displace Dissidence, 2 Tenn. J. L & Pol’y 143 (2006)
  • What are ‘Friends’ For? In NAFTA Chapter 11 Disputes, Accepting Amici Would Help Lift the Curtain of Secrecy Surrounding Investor-State Arbitrations, 11 Sw. J. Int’l. Law 207 (2005)

Publications, Newspaper

  • Court: Gerrymandering challenges require at least a three-judge decision, Record Reporter, Jan. 22, 2016
  • 2nd Circuit keeps Argentina ahead of the ‘vulture funds’, Record Reporter, Oct. 16, 2015
  • Taylor Swift’s trademark tear may make her ‘most annoying celebrity’ of ’15, Record Reporter, May 4, 2015
  • Case Pits Arizona state legislature against independent redistricting committee, Record Reporter, Dec. 5, 2014
  • Arizona Court: No lien stripping in ‘Chapter 20’ cases in bankruptcy, Record Reporter, Oct. 31, 2014


  • 2005 | J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
  • 1984 | B.A., Economics, Stanford University

Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

Professional affiliations

  • State Bar of Arizona- Appellate Practice Section
  • State Bar of California
  • Community

    • 2014-Present | Board of Directors, former counsel
      Vida Joven de Mexico, San Diego, California, a nonprofit that raises funds for an orphanage in
      Tijuana, Mexico.
    • 2013 | Co-chair, counsel
      Respect Arizona, political advocacy group
    • 2008-2010 | Board of Directors / Parliamentarian
      Edison Language Academy Parent-Teacher Association, Santa Monica, California
    • 2005 | Legal worker
      Maywood, California Legal Clinic, interviewed potential clients in Spanish for possible use in a federal civil rights matter


    • Fluent Spanish
    • Basic French
    • Beginning Hebrew

Talk To Chris Ford

Chris advises Arizona clients in a broad range of civil practice areas, including contracts/business
disputes, real property, probate, defamation and bankruptcy. Call Chris today at 602-274-9000 to discuss the details of your situation.