Attorney Paul Ford Attorney Paul Ford

Experienced & Dedicated Jonesboro Lawyer

In 1993, Attorney Paul Ford moved his practice to Jonesboro, Arkansas and founded Ford & Cook, PLC. He proudly provides high quality criminal defense and represents people in complex domestic litigation and child custody matters. Mr. Ford 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.

It is these types of problems where real life and law cross paths and impact clients and their families on a deep and personal level. The intense desire to make a difference in the lives of people drives Mr. Ford to offer the best legal service possible when they are hurting.

Awards & Associations

Since 1987, Attorney Ford has worked to help clients with their legal matters. He strives to provide exceptional legal service with a focus on the laws and safety.

This dedication has led to multiple awards and memberships in exclusive associations, including:

  • Pound Civil Justice Institute - Member Fellow (2016)
  • Certificate of Merit - 2011 (given by Craighead County Bar Association)
  • Certificate of Appreciation - 2008 (given by Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association)
  • Clopton Clinic Charitable Foundation - Board of Directors (2011-2012)
  • Craighead County Bar Association - Past President (2010 - 2011)
  • City Youth Ministries - Board Member (2008 - 2011)
  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Founding Member (2000 - Present)
  • Arkansas Bar Association (1987 - Present)

A Knowledgeable Background

Mr. Ford is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, obtaining his BA in 1984 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 1987. While in law school, he 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, Mr. Ford joined his father's law practice in his hometown of Wynne, Arkansas. While practicing as a public defender, Mr. Ford gained his first experience handling capital murder cases. He has since tried seven death penalty cases to verdict and has been successful in keeping all of his client's off death row. He 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.

Community Involvement

A graduate of the Spence Trial Lawyers College, which was founded by renowned trial lawyer Gerry Spence to teach the best in trial strategies and personal and client development, Mr. Ford has been selected as a faculty member of the Keenan Ball College where other lawyers now come to learn these trial techniques. He was recently selected to serve of the Alumni Board for the Trial Lawyers College.

Attorney Ford 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, he 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. Mr. Ford is happily married to, Annie, his wife of 22 years. Together, they have three children and six grandchildren - a recipe for a full and active life.

For more information or to learn how Attorney Paul Ford may be able to help you, contact Ford & Cook, PLC today!