Paul Ford is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN obtaining a BA in 1984. Paul obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1987. While in law school, Paul was a member of the Arkansas Law Review, an honor extended to students based on achievement. He also graduated with honors in the top 10 of his class.
After passing the bar exam, Paul joined his father’s law practice in his hometown of Wynne, Arkansas. While practicing in Wynne as a Public Defender, Paul gained his first experience handling capital murder cases. Paul has tried 7 death penalty cases to verdict and has been successful in keeping all of his client’s off death row. Paul was honored to represent Jason Baldwin in the case that is now commonly referred to as the West Memphis 3; a case that has been the subject of multiple books, documentaries, and movies.
In 1993, Paul moved his practice to Jonesboro, Arkansas and is the founding member of Ford & Cook. This firm proudly continues the tradition of providing high quality criminal defense, as well as representing people in complex domestic litigation and child custody matters. Paul devotes a significant part of his practice to representing people who have been injured by the actions of others, including medical negligence, nursing home abuse, construction injuries, and tractor trailer wrecks.
While it is unusual for small firms to handle cases in all of these three areas, it is these types of problems where real life and the practice of law cross paths and impact the person and the family on a deep and personal level. It is the intense desire to make a difference in the lives of people that drives Paul to offer the best legal service possible to people when and where they are hurting.
Paul proudly attended the very first “Welcome To The Revolution” seminar, and has been a speaker at the Reptile Masters seminar in 2013 and 2014. Paul is also the co-moderator of the Arkansas Reptile Listserve and was instrumental in establishing the very first in person state Reptile workshop. As a result of his work, Paul has been selected as a faculty member of the Keenan Trial Institute where other lawyers now come to learn these trial techniques.
Among his other accomplishments, Paul is the past president of the Craighead County Bar Association; a member of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions-Civil; a founding member of the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in January of 2000; and a member of the Board of Governors of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association since 2008.
Paul is most passionate about his work in the community with John 3:16 Ministries, a Spiritual Boot Camp for Men with Addictions. In this ministry, Paul has been able to combine his faith and the practice of law to continue in his passion to make a difference in the lives of people in need of help. Paul is happily married to his wife of 22 years, Annie. Together, they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. A recipe for a full and active life.