Christopher W. Ford


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Chris was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado.  He attended Boulder High School, where he graduated Valedictorian.  After graduating from college first in his class, Chris worked on public health projects in the San Francisco Bay area.  He subsequently went to law school at Harvard Law School, where he graduated with honors.  Following his graduation from law school in 1997, Chris clerked for the Honorable Mary Mullarkey, the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.  Chris began his practice at Hutchinson Black and Cook the following year and has now been with the firm for over 20 years.

Over the course of his career, Chris has handled cases involving complex commercial matters, serious personal injuries, and civil rights.  He regularly teaches for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  Chris has also been actively involved in his community.  He was a trustee of the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado for six years, then became the Chairperson of the Foundation, and continues to serve as immediate Past Chairperson. For over ten years, he has co-chaired the local Boulder campaign for the Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, which raises money for civil legal services for low-income people.  He also served on the board of a not-for-profit pre-school agency in downtown Boulder for several years.

Chris has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® and named a Colorado "Super Lawyer."  He was also named 2017 Personal Injury-Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" for Boulder by Best Lawyers.

Chris's practice has included litigating cases in numerous state courts throughout Colorado and the federal District Court of Colorado.  He has also arbitrated complex commercial cases through the American Arbitration Association.   Chris has been consistently rated AV by Martindale Hubbell.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his sons and running on Boulder's trails.  He has run several full and half marathons, including in London and Berlin.  Chris spent his first sabbatical in southern Spain and travelling throughout Europe.

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated



  • Harvard University, J.D., cum laude, 1997

  • Texas Christian University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1990

    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions / Clerkships

  • Colorado, 1997

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1998

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1999

  • Law Clerk, Honorable Mary J. Mullarkey, 1997-98; Colorado Supreme Court

Memberships / Awards

  • American Bar Association

  • Colorado Bar Association

  • Boulder County Bar Association

  • Chairperson, Board of Trustees of The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, 2015-2017

  • Best Lawyers in America

    • Selected for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, 2013-2020

    • Selected as 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury - Plaintiffs, Boulder Area

  • Colorado Super Lawyers

    • Selected for Personal Injury - Plaintiffs, 2013-2019