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.