ford w. harmon
Ford W. Harmon
Ford helps clients navigate a multitude of business-law concerns. The majority of clients Ford assists are entrepreneurs, startups, or more well-established businesses with creative or tech-centric business models, as well as artists of all mediums.
Ford works on a wide range of legal issues, but he concentrates on projects related to business structuring and governance; contracts; intellectual property; and certain, more specific sub-topics of business law such as laws concerning blockchain-related technologies/crypto assets; internet and technology law; startup law; and art law.
Ford graduated with honors from SMU Dedman School of Law where he was a Dean's Scholarship recipient. While in law school, he served as a Chief Student Attorney of the Small Business and Trademark Clinic, served as a Board Member of the SMU Media Company, completed a federal judicial externship in the bankruptcy court of the Honorable Harlin D. Hale in the Northern District of Texas, participated in the SMU-in-Oxford program at University College in Oxford, England, and was a regular member of the Dean's List.
Prior to law school, Ford attended LSU on a full academic scholarship as a National Scholars Award Recipient. At LSU, he obtained a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Management.
Outside of work, Ford is actively involved in an array of both professional and non-professional organizations and has taken on a variety of roles within the Dallas community and beyond. He serves as a Vice Chair of the Corporate Counsel Committee of the American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division and as a Board Trustee for The Writer's Garret - a nonprofit literary center in Dallas. He is a member of Texas Bar College, which is an organization that recognizes attorneys who go above and beyond the annual continuing legal education requirements set by the Texas Bar, and he also provides pro bono legal work to artists through Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.
In addition, he has taken on active roles through the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, serving as a co-chair of both the Lawyers Against Domestic Violence Committee and the Aid to the Homeless Committee. Amongst other volunteer activities Ford is also a a member of the Genesis HeROs (he who respects others) program, which works to help the women and children of the Genesis Women's Shelter.
In his free time, Ford enjoys seeing live music, hiking, reading anything he can get his hands on, and hanging out with friends, family, and his Great Pyrenees - Harvey.
A General Overview of Copyright Law for the General Business Practitioner
Fall 2014 (Co-Author)
The Texas Homestead Takes Its Licks in Bankruptcy, Presented to the Dallas Bar Association on Nov. 7, 2014, by the Hon. Harlin D. Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Texas,
Connect with Ford
(214) 702 - 9862 ext. 702
SMU Dedman School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude
LSU, B.S., Business Administration with a Concentration In Entrepreneurial Management
- Business Law
- Copyright Law
- Trademark Law
- Startup/Entrepreneurship Law
- Art Law
- Law Concerning Blockchain-Related Technology/Crypto Assets
courses + Seminars
National Webinar - Invited Presenter, Spotting Legal Issues Concerning Bitcoin and Other Blockchain-Related Assets: An Overview of the Multitude of Practice Areas Impacted by these Technologies, Clear Law Institute, Online Live + Recorded, Offered as Continuing Legal Education Credit for Attorney License Maintenance Requirements, April 2018.
National Webinar - Invited Presenter, Accepting Cryptocurrency as Payment, Utilizing Blockchain-Based Technologies in Your Practice, and Other Topics Related to Distributed Ledger Technology’s Effects within the Legal Profession: Practical + Ethical Considerations, Clear Law Institute, Online Live + Recorded, Offered as Continuing Legal Education Credit for Attorney License Maintenance Requirements, May 2018.
Hines Securities 2018 Investment Forum - Invited Speaker, An Introduction to Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency Technologies, In Person, Offered as Continuing Professional Education Credit for CPA License Maintenance Requirements, Houston, Texas, February 2018.
presentations/other speaking engagements
Hines Limited Partnership Internal Presentation - Invited Speaker, An Introduction to Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency Technologies + Issues Related to Accepting Payment in Virtual Currency, In Person, Houston, Texas, February 2018.