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Patrick M. Ford


Patrick M. Ford has dedicated his professional life to protecting his clients' rights through criminal defense appeals, constitutional law disputes, and consumer protection litigation. Over a career spanning nearly three and one-half decades, he has represented clients in front of the Supreme Court of the United States, appealed death penalty verdicts in front of the Supreme Court of California, and represented thousands of victims of pharmaceutical and corporate negligence as co-counsel. 

Patrick M. Ford
Patrick M. Ford, Managing Partner

Representative Litigation

Mr. Ford has been on the cutting edge of constitutional law issues and was co-counsel in Riley v. California, a landmark Supreme Court case concerning citizens' rights to privacy. In a unanimous decision, the Court held that the warrantless search of the digital contents of a cell phone during an arrest is unconstitutional. Prior to this decision, lower courts had been in dispute as to whether the fourth amendment allowed law enforcement to search data on a cell phone without a warrant. 

Mr. Ford has also been involved in consumer protection litigation involving dangerous drugs and defective medical devices for over 20 years. Over this time period, he has served as co-counsel on behalf of thousands of clients who have received substantial recoveries from large corporations that acted negligently and were found to be responsible for the victim's injury or illness.

In addition to his client work, Mr. Ford authors the California Criminal Law Reporter, a publication to which attorneys, judges, and other law professionals subscribe. Through this work, Mr. Ford summarizes all aspects of select cases and organizes holdings and decisions to allow legal professionals access to all relevant cases.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Bar Association - 1983
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • California Appellate Defense Counsel
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Top Attorneys of North America

Education

  • University of San Diego
    J.D. - 1983
  • Georgetown University
    B.A. - 1980

Practice Philosophy


I feel very lucky to have the opportunity and ability to help people fight abuse of power by the state and corporate greed.

Patrick M. Ford

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