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.
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