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Virginia’s Go To Lawyers – Workers’ Comp Law: Scott C. Ford

ford_scottScott C. Ford
Partner
Ford Richardson PC
Richmond

Education

BS, James Madison University
JD, Washington & Lee

Best known for:

Workers’ compensation and commercial litigation

Signature case:

In the field of workers’ compensation, arguing a matter before the Court of Appeals of Virginia on the issue of the treatment of disability benefits to an employee who is also receiving workers’ compensation benefits.

In the field of commercial litigation, earning one of the largest defense judgments in Virginia history on behalf of a paint manufacturer sued for an allegedly defective product.

Most satisfying:

I enjoy the intellectual rigor of our work as lawyers. The fact that I am constantly learning new things as I refine my skills as an attorney is very satisfying. There’s a reason it is referred to as the practice of law.

Working with clients:

My approach to advising clients is essentially two-fold. First, be sure that they appreciate the risks and benefits of litigating their dispute. Second, attempt to avoid surprises by advising them what to expect early in the representation.

Best career advice:

I was told as a young lawyer to be certain to always zealously protect my reputation. I have repeated that advice to other lawyers over the years. The reputation of a lawyer is vital to both our ability to earn clients and to being a strong advocate.

Looking ahead:

I expect to see activity from the Supreme Court of Virginia and/or the Virginia General Assembly further defining what constitutes an “injury by accident.” I also think we can anticipate the continued expansion of the heart and cancer presumptions for first responders.