Ford W. HarmonAttorney
Ford is our startup + business law guru and resident tech nerd. 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 blockchain-related technologies/cryptoassets law; internet and technology law; startup law; and art law.
Prior to joining the firm, Ford received a B.S. in Business with a Concentration in Entrepreneurial Management from LSU and graduated with honors from SMU Dedman School of Law. Ford is an active entrepreneur and a co-founder of both a blockchain consulting firm that compliments his related work at Maddrey as well as an art tech company that is working to combat art counterfeiting.
When not working on client matters, Ford enjoys reading, researching, and writing, especially on topics involving technology or behavioral economics, spending too much time with his Great Pyrenees—Harvey, seeing live music, and making people laugh.
- January 2018
Ford W. Harmon, Delaware’s Blockchain Initiative: The “First State’s” Project to Ensure Blockchain-Based Securities Do Not Displace It as the Center of U.S. Corporate Law, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division – Corporate Counsel Committee Newsletter
- January 2018
Ford W . Harmon, A General Overview of Copyright Law for the General Business Practitioner, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division – Business Law Committee Newsletter
- January 2018
Ford W. Harmon, Copyright’s Small Claims Court May Be Arriving Soon: An Introduction to the CASE Act of 2017, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division – Intellectual Property Committee Newsletter,
- October 2017
Ford W. Harmon, A Catalyst for Copyright: How Distributed Ledger Technology Is Being Utilized to Move Copyright Forward, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division – Intellectual Property Committee Newsletter
- June 2017
Ford W. Harmon, Blockchain’s Definitional Problem: Analyzing the Role of Imprecise Terminology as a Source of Blockchain-Related Confusion, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division – Corporate Counsel Committee Newsletter
- October 2014
Ford W. Harmon, et. al, The Texas Homestead Takes Its Licks in Bankruptcy, Co-Author, 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
Courses + Seminars
- May 1, 2018
Clear Law Institute – 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. Online Live + Recorded National Webinar, May 2018 (Offered as Continuing Legal Education Credit for Attorney License Maintenance Requirements).
- May 1, 2018
Clear Law Institute – Invited Presenter, Intangible Assets to Secure Financing: Using Intellectual Property as Collateral. Online Live + Recorded National Webinar, May 2018 (Offered as Continuing Legal Education Credit for Attorney License Maintenance Requirements).
- April 1, 2018
Clear Law Institute – Invited Presenter, Spotting Legal Issues Concerning Bitcoin and Other Blockchain-Related Assets: An Overview of the Multitude of Practice Areas Impacted by these Technologies. Online Live + Recorded National Webinar, April 2018 (Offered as Continuing Legal Education Credit for Attorney License Maintenance Requirements).
- February 1, 2018
Hines Securities 2018 Investment Forum – Invited Speaker, An Introduction to Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency Technologies. Houston, Texas, February 2018 (Offered as Continuing Professional Education Credit for CPA License Maintenance Requirements).
Presentations + Speaking Engagements
- September 29, 2018
Visiona Creative Solutions, The Intersection of Art + Blockchain (working title), Dallas, Texas, 2018 (Date to be determined).
- June 1, 2018
The American Society of Media Photographers: Legal Talk Webinar – Invited Presenter,Blockchain and Photography
- February 1, 2018
Hines Limited Partnership, Internal Company Presentation – Invited Speaker, An Introduction to Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency Technologies + Issues Related to Accepting Payment in Virtual Currency, Houston, Texas.
Membership + Affiliations
- The Writer’s Garret, 2017 – Present
- SMU Media Corporation, 2015 – 2016
Member in Good Standing:
- Dallas Bar Association
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
- Texas Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Texas Bar College
- North Texas Blockchain Alliance, Blockchain and Law Working Group, Co-Host, August 2018 – Present.
- American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Business Law Committee, Chair, August 2018 – August 2019.
- American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Corporate Counsel Committee, Vice Chair, August 2017 – August 2018.
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Aid to the Homeless Committee, Co-Chair, January 2018 – Present.
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Lawyers Against Domestic Violence Committee, Co-Chair, January 2018 – Present. Other Organizations:
- Genesis Women’s Shelter – HeROs (He who Respects Others) – Courtroom Advocacy Group, Volunteer.
- LSU Alumni Association Dallas, Member.
- The Accord Project, Intellectual Property Committee, Volunteer.
- Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Volunteer Attorney
- August 2018 Alex Graaf, What Happens to Your Business if Something Happens to You?, NFIB.com
- June 2018 The Texas Bar College–The College Bulletin, Spotlight on a New College Member, Texasbarcollege.com
- April 2018 Jamie Friedlander, Guide to Starting a Business Partnership, Lendingtree.com
- March 2018 Jonathan Long, Thinking of Starting an LLC? Listen to These 7 Experts First, Blerp.com
- January 2018 Charles M. Gearing, One to Watch, DAYL Bulletin
- December 2017 American Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division, Business Law Committee, Member Spotlight