History

Ford & Ford’s roots date back to 1925 with the founding of the firm’s predecessor. Lucille Fleet Ford and her sister, Ruth Fleet Thurman, two of the first women to graduate from Stetson University Law School, joined the firm in 1966. At the time, they were the only set of sisters practicing law in Florida.

Ruth later left private practice, and went on to a fully tenured position as a law professor at Stetson, where she was an integral part of its faculty for over 35 years. Lucille led a balanced life as a practicing attorney and parent for 30 years at a time when society did not fully appreciate that challenge. Following Lucille’s long career in estate planning, her son, Harvey A. Ford, merged his corporate and real estate practice with the firm in 1996. Subsequently, Harvey's spouse, Kathleen S. Ford, joined the firm, practicing public interest litigation before winding down her practice in 2018. In 2014, their son, Andrew F. Ford, left the real estate group of an international firm and joined Ford & Ford as an associate.  In 2019, he was elevated to partner.

St. Petersburg and the broader Tampa Bay region are quite different today than they were in the 1920s when the Fords and Fleets moved to the area. The firm is proud of the way its practices have grown along with what is now a booming mid-size metro region. The firm also takes pride in the leadership embodied by its generations of industriousness and integrity.

Ford & Ford is willing to contribute our minds, our experience, and our values toward helping you achieve your goals. We welcome you to read more about our practice areas today, our commitment to sustainability, and the backgrounds of our attorneys.