Joseph A. (Jay) Ford
Senior Attorney
Charleston, WV
office 304.720.5650
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Mr. Ford’s primary practice is general litigation, including class actions, commercial litigation and business torts, product liability, deliberate intent, and employment-related matters.


  • West Virginia University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2013
  • West Virginia University, J.D., 2016


  • Representing clients in numerous class action lawsuits, ranging from medical malpractice, fraud, and negligence claims to violations of the West Virginia Wage Payment & Collection Act
  • Representing employers and commercial clients in deliberate intent, fatality, and serious personal injury litigation
  • Representing health care clients in a wide variety of litigation
  • Representing commercial clients in litigation concerning breach of contract, tortious interference, express and implied indemnity, and declaratory judgments
  • Representing various state entities in litigation
  • Representing product manufacturers and suppliers in construction litigation
  • Representing employers and commercial clients in premises liability lawsuits
  • Representing corporations in matters involving derivative claims, disputed dissolutions, and corporate governance issues
  • Representing a state institution of higher learning in various matters involving claims made by students and staff members
  • Representing employers in litigation involving discrimination and harassment
  • Representing employers in developing employment policies, practices, and procedures
  • Representing plaintiffs in litigation involving a catastrophic explosion

Deliberate Intent Litigation Insurance Insurance Defense Labor & Employment Law Litigation Product Liability Litigation Toxic Tort Litigation


  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Top Author, Product Liability Law, 2020
  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Top Author, Class Action Law, 2021
  • Order of the Coif
  • CALI Excellence Awards ­– Natural Resources, Bankruptcy, Sales & Secured Transactions, Contracts II
  • 2015 American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


  • American Bar Association
  • Chairperson, Young Lawyers Division, West Virginia Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • District 8 Representative, Young Lawyer Board, West Virginia State Bar

Publications & Presentations

  • Executive Research Editor, West Virginia Law Review, Vol. 118
Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Insights, Volume 2, Issue 7 COVID-19 and Unprecedented: Litigation Insights - Volume 2, Issue 6 Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Insights, Volume 2, Issue 4 Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Insights, Volume 2, Issue 3 Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Insights, Volume 2, Issue 2 Unprecedented: COVID-19 Litigation Insights, Volume 2, Issue 1 Unprecedented: Litigation Insights - Issue 35, 2020 Unprecedented: Litigation Insights - Issue 34, 2020 Unprecedented: Litigation Insights - Issue 33, 2020 Unprecedented: Litigation Insights - Issue 32, 2020 Early Settlement Saves Retail Client Significant Defense Costs Hospital Dismissed Without Prejudice Spilman Negotiates Settlement of Complex Deliberate Intent & Workers' Comp Matters