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William F. Ford

Mr. Ford has more than 30 years of litigation experience in complex dispute resolution including environmental, general business litigation, and products liability. He successfully represents clients throughout the country.

In the environmental area, Mr. Ford represents several multinational clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in environmental cost recovery litigation, negotiations with government agencies, allocation proceedings, PRP searches and remediation coordination. Mr. Ford has extensive experience in underground storage tank litigation and administrative proceedings with governmental remediation funds. He has experience with both hazardous and non-hazardous waste and water treatment issues, Clean Water Act Section 404, dredge and fill permits, RCRA, Supplemental Environmental Projects and alleged Oil Pollution Act violations. In general business litigation, Mr. Ford has represented business interests of both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous multimillion-dollar lawsuits, including defense of multidistrict class action litigation alleging billions of dollars in damages. Mr. Ford has substantial experience representing clients in the agribusiness and defense industries.

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Honors

  • Named the Kansas City, Mo. Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, 2014
  • Selected for Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2008
  • Selected as a Finalist for Lawdragon 500 Better Than The Best, 2008
  • Selected among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2008-2018
  • Selected for Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • Selected as “Leading Lawyer” by Chambers USA, 2006-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell® “AV” Rating
  • Environmental Studies Honors Program, University of Kansas
  • Order of the Coif
  • Villanova Law Review, Member and Editor

Professional Affiliations

  • Trustee, The Nature Conservancy of Missouri, 1998-2003, Chairman, 1999-2002
  • Mentor for at risk youth, Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance, 1997-2001
  • General Counsel for Cradles & Crayons® Daycare Center for Special Needs Children, 1993-95
  • Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership, Member, 1988-89
  • Adjunct Professor at University of Kansas, 1990-1993
  • Adjunct Professor at Central Missouri State University, 2003
  • Agricultural Business Council, Kansas City, 2015 - Present 
  • English as a Second Language Teaching Assistant, 2016 - Present 

Publications

  • Author, Every Ship a PRP? The Working River Sediment Site, American Bar Association, Natural Resources & Environment, Volume 31, Number 4, Spring 2017
  • Author, Kansas Environmental Law Handbook, Solid Waste Chapter, Government Institutes, 1990
  • Author, Alcohol Suppliers Liability in Missouri, 45 J.Mo. Bar No. 3, 193 (1989)
  • Author, State and Federal Regulations of Hidden Camera and Microphone Reporting in the States of Kansas and Missouri, Media and the Law Seminar, 1989, University of Missouri—Kansas City, School of Law

Press releases

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Assistant

Ronda Craig
816.460.5732

Education

Villanova University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1985

University of Kansas, B.A., 1982