Richard Ford is the senior partner of the firm with twenty-five years of experience in matrimonial, family law, personal injury, and civil and criminal litigation. He represents clients on Long Island, New York City, and the five boroughs in the full spectrum of matrimonial matters, including divorce, separation, custody & parenting time, maintenance (spousal support or alimony), child support, as well as Criminal and Family Court matters relating to all family related offenses. Richard also deals with all issues related to equitable distribution of the marital estate, including but not limited to business valuations, income stream and lifestyle analyses, pension and any other retirement account analyses, separate property claims, distribution of high net worth assets, and negotiating all other aspects of property settlement agreements.
From the time Richard obtained his law degree to the present, he has devoted himself to the practice of family law and this firm as he began his legal career as an associate at Keith, Shapiro & Ford in 1995. Mr. Ford is an avid believer in aggressive representation coupled with recognition that these cases can and should be resolved in a cost-effective and efficient manner. He has never accepted the proposition that things cannot be changed and his overriding goal for success is to find a way to help his clients obtain the results that they envision, to the extent allowed by law.
To that end, Richard has the distinct ability to initiate creative solutions to difficult situations that are sensible for the client and avoids protracted litigation. He is a passionate advocate and his quick-thinking inventive solutions have both attorneys and judges alike commending him for bringing matters to resolution.
Richard graduated law school from Hofstra University Maurice School of Law. During his tenure in law school, Richard participated on Hofstra’s mock trial team, traveling throughout the country to participate in trial competitions in various fields of law. Richard considers this experience so invaluable to his successful career that he has served as an Adjunct Professor of trial advocacy at Hofstra University and he volunteers as a leader of a middle school trial team that participates in an annual mock trial every spring.
Richard’s reputation as a hard-working, bright, and effective attorney have led to accolades from prior clients, colleagues, and judges. He has a well-balanced approach of sincerity, cordiality, and zealous advocacy and his style combined with his intellect and respect for the law has earned him a respectable reputation in the matrimonial and family fields of law.