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Sammy Ford IV has tried over 20 cases before judges, juries, and arbitrators in his career, averaging more than two trials per year. He represents companies and individuals around the country in all manner of civil matters, including complex commercial litigation, business torts, securities and consumer class actions, and catastrophic personal injury cases. He is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
In 2017, he served as second chair in a trial for an energy client suing an insurance company that refused to pay for damage to an offshore well caused by Hurricane Rita. He played an instrumental role in the presentation of the evidence over the course of the six-week trial that ended in a $41.6 million jury verdict that included $27.3 million in punitive damages. The case was one of the top 100 2017 verdicts in the nation according to the National Law Journal.
He graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 2007. While there, he served as Development Editor of The Review of Litigation and as Chair of the Career Services Committee of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society. He participated in the school’s first Supreme Court Clinic and was on a team that convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to review a client’s case during a term in which the Court agreed to hear only 78 of the 8,517 cases filed. Mr. Ford clerked for the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
He was elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an elite group of the country’s leading trial lawyers. He has been recognized by attorneys across the United States, making the list of the Best Lawyers in America 2020 for commercial litigation. He was also named a 2017-2019 “Top 100 Texas Up & Coming” lawyer on the Texas Rising Stars list for his personal injury litigation skills. Rising Stars, which has listed Mr. Ford since 2013, honors leading attorneys age 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.
Mr. Ford is a native Houstonian who attended St. Thomas High School where he currently serves on the board. He attended Harvard University and graduated with high honors, magna cum laude, in 2004. At Harvard, he served as Historian of the Harvard Political Union, the College’s debating society, and as Secretary of Harvard CHANCE, a group dedicated to mentoring and tutoring students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
He is active in the community as a member of the local and state bar associations and the local, state, and national trial lawyer associations. Mr. Ford is a member of the State Bar’s Computer and Technology Section Council, and numerous committees of the Houston Bar Association.
E-Discovery Update, Harris County Civil Judges Conference, August 5, 2019Top 10 Mistakes at Trial, Houston Paralegal Association- Advanced Paralegal Conference, April 26, 2019Silver Tongues: A Mock Voir Dire, 2019 HBA Civil/Appellate Bench Bar Conference, April 11, 2019Technology and the Law: 30 Apps in 30 Minutes, 17th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program, April 5, 2019Top 10 Mistakes at Trial, Houston Bar Association seminar, March 15, 2019Building a Resilient Law Office: Tips on Making Sure That Disasters and Acts of God Don’t Disrupt Your Practice, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 22, 201860 Apps in 60 Minutes, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 22, 2017Evidentiary Update: Experts, Attorney Fees, and Net Worth, panel at 2017 Houston Bar Association Civil/Appellate Bench Bar Conference, April 6, 2017New Discoveries in … Discovery, Corporate Counsel Institute, April 7, 2016New Federal Rules of e-Discovery, Advanced Evidence and Discovery, April 8, 2016Embrace the Power of Difference, Panelist, Bar Leaders Conference, July 25, 2015Cloudy, with a Chance of Ethics, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting , June 19, 2015Technology in Your Law Practice: 30 Apps in 30 Minutes, Handling Your First (Or Next) Auto Collision Case, State Bar of Texas, December 10, 201430 Apps in 30 Minutes: Turning Your Mobile Device into an Advocate, President?s Annual Meeting and Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, December 4, 201430 Apps in 60 Minutes for Trial and Appellate Lawyers ? Turning Your iPhone (or Android) into an Advocate, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists meeting, October 16, 2014The Ethics of Cloud Computing, Computer and Technology Section, State Bar of Texas, January 2014Technology Skills for New Lawyers – What Law Students Need to Know, Houston Area Law Library Association, South Texas of Law, November 13, 201345 Apps in 45 Minutes, Eastern District of Texas Bar Foundation?s 2013 Bar Conference, October 30, 2013The Ethics of Cloud Computing, Law Practice Management Section, Houston Bar Association, September 11, 2013Mobile Applications, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 21, 2013Ethics of Cloud Computing, Houston Bar Association CLE, April 26, 2013Ethics of Cloud Computing, Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association, March 12, 2013Cloud Computing and the Law, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 14, 2012Course Director, Personal Injury CLE, April 26, 2012
Honors and Awards
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) memberBest Lawyers in America 2020President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the HBA on the Continuing Legal Education CommitteeTop Lawyers List – Personal Injury, Houstonia Magazine, 2014Hot List, Lawyers of Color, 2014Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2013 – 2014Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2013 – 2014Texas Rising Star honors as presented by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, 2013 – 2019“Top 100 Texas Up & Coming” lawyer named by Texas Rising Stars 2017 – 2019Professional Associations and MembershipsState Bar of Texas, Chair of the Computer & Technology Section Council 2018-2019; Council member 2011 – PresentState Bar of Texas, Pattern Jury Charges – General Negligence committee, appointments 2016 – 2022St. Thomas High School, Board of Directors, 2013 – PresentHouston Bar Association, Litigation Section, Council Member, 2019 – 2020Houston Bar Association, Member, Law Week Committee, 2011 – 2015Houston Bar Association, Member, Houston Lawyer Editorial Board, 2011 – 2015Houston Bar Association, Co-Chair, Golf Committee, 2012 – 2013Houston Bar Foundation, Member, 2013Texas Bar Foundation, Fellows, Member, 2013Houston Trial Lawyer Association, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2012St. Thomas High School, Member, Alumni Board, 2011 – PresentHouston Bar Association, Member, Bench-Bar Pro Bono Committee, 2011 – 2012Texas Trial Lawyers Association, MemberHouston Bar Association, MemberHouston Young Lawyer Association, MemberHouston Chowhounds, Member
Past Employment Positions
Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, 2010-2016Susman Godfrey, LLP, Houston, Texas, Associate, 2008 – 2010Honorable Jerry E. Smith, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Law Clerk, 2007 – 2008A