Andrew F. Ford

Phone: 727-894-2907 Ext. 232

Drew Ford is a Partner in Ford & Ford’s Business & Corporate and Commercial Real Estate practices. Drew serves as outside general counsel to small and closely held entities, providing the full range of corporate advice. He handles entity formation, drafting of organizational documents, negotiation of buy-sell agreements among shareholders, issuance of exempt private offerings of securities, and entity acquisitions and sales. Drew also represents developers and investors in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions — from acquisitions and dispositions to financing, development, and leasing. 

A graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, Drew began his legal career in the real estate group of an Atlanta-based international law firm. There, he represented a leading multinational telecommunications company in the negotiation of ground, rooftop, tower colocation, DAS, and IBRD wireless leases.

Prior to law school, Drew was a legal assistant at a white-collar defense firm in New York, where he worked on securities litigation and insider-trading investigations during the financial crisis.

Drew’s work in business and real estate law is also informed by his interest in environmental law and public policy. His primary research projects as a law student were a survey of the regulatory patchwork governing hydraulic fracturing in the U.S. and an analysis of European efforts to bring international airline flights into the continent’s emissions trading regime. Drew retains an enduring commitment to offering legal advice that accounts for the larger environmental and policy issues that may bear on a given transaction.

A recruited athlete and four-year letter winner at Columbia, in his off time Drew has maintained his love of soccer. At Vanderbilt Law, he met his wife Chelsae J. Ford. After clerking for a federal magistrate judge, Chelsae is now a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Chelsae and Drew have a baby daughter Alexandra, who, if she plays her cards wrong, might grow up to be a fourth-generation female attorney in the Ford family. When not chasing around their 13-pound Maine Coon cat Ralphie, Chelsae and Drew enjoy fishing and sailing— cherishing everything about returning home to the Tampa Bay region.

Representative Experience

  • Lead counsel for a real estate investment firm in the sale of a 67-unit assisted living facility in central Florida.
  • Lead counsel for a hotel operator in the sale of an 85-room flagged hotel in Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Lead counsel for a real estate investment firm in the financing, acquisition, and refinancing of a 191,000 square-foot, 300-room flagged hotel in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Lead counsel for an investment firm in the acquisition, condominiumization, and disposition of a 41-unit property in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Lead counsel for a real estate investment firm in a multistate refinancing of assisted living facilities and hotels.
  • Lead counsel for a hotel operator in the sale of a 118-room flagged hotel in central Florida.
  • Represented a developer in the acquisition of a 2,200-acre, 600-room hotel and gaming property in northern Mississippi and Arkansas.
  • Represented a developer in the acquisition and refinancing of a 274-room flagged hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 multinational telecommunications company in the negotiation and drafting of ground, rooftop, tower colocation, DAS, and IBRD wireless leases.
  • Lead counsel for a closely held business in the negotiation, drafting, and closing of multiple Reg D Rule 506 exempt private offerings of equity securities.
  • Lead counsel for a closely held business in the negotiation, drafting, and closing of the buyout of a private equity-backed minority shareholder.
  • Represented closely held businesses in the negotiation and drafting of shareholder buy-sell agreements.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Georgia

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, 2013
    Juris Doctor
    Authorities Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
  • Columbia University, 2008
    Bachelor of Arts
    Magna Cum Laude
    Phi B
    eta Kappa

Recognition

  • Super Lawyers Florida Rising Stars, 2019 - Business/Corporate