Barry W. Ford

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  • Senior Counsel at Taggart, Rimes & Graham, PLLC (13 Attorneys)
  • 100 Renaissance Building, 1022 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 101, Ridgeland, MS 39157
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Bringing over 40 years of experience and knowledge in the legal field, Barry W. Ford is Senior Counsel to Taggart, Rimes & Graham. He collaborates with our trial attorneys on selected litigated matters, where he brings to bear wisdom and experience gained from his years on the trial bench and as a seasoned attorney.

Barry began his legal career in 1977 with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and is best known for making history as the first elected African American Circuit Court Judge elected to the First Circuit Court District of Mississippi (Alcorn, Tishomingo, Prentiss, Pontotoc, Lee, Itawamba and Monroe counties).

After leaving the Lawyers Committee, Barry was in private practice with his brother, James O. Ford, in Tupelo, Mississippi. Barry also served as Pontotoc Municipal Court Judge from 1979-1990, and Lee County Public Defender from 1987-1990. He was first elected to the First Circuit Court District bench in 1991.

Barry’s time on the bench is noted for his impartiality and fairness to all litigants when rendering justice. As judge, Barry was known to have a keen sense of humor when dealing with jury members. After stepping down from the bench, he became a partner in a large, regional law firm, specializing in product liability and commercial litigation until 2017. Barry also successfully defended cases in the areas of medical negligence, labor and employment, and insurance premium offsets.

In 2012, Ford received the Capital Area Bar Association Professionalism Award. Other honors include recognition by Best Lawyers in America® for personal injury litigation and product liability litigation; Chambers USA recognition as one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers; and a listing in Mid-South Super Lawyers. Ford was one of 50 named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Leadership in Law” in 2010.

Barry received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi Valley State College in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. Graduating from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1977, Barry was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1979. He also studied at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.

Litigation Counsel of America.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Product Liability
  • Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • General Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Medical Negligence

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
601-427-9262  Phone
601-898-8400  Phone
601-898-8402  Fax
University Attended:
Mississippi Valley State College, B.S., 1968
Law School Attended:
Thurgood Marshall School of Law, J.D., 1977
Year of First Admission:
1978, Mississippi
The Mississippi Bar; Magnolia Bar Association.
Special Agencies:
Recognized in Chambers USA as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business (since 2004); Best Lawyers in America® in Personal Injury Litigation (since 2005) and in Product Liability Litigation; Mid-South Super Lawyers (since 2006). Named to the Lawdragon 3000 (2010). Named among top 50 attorneys in Mississippi, 2008. Listed as a "Leader in Law" by the Mississippi Business Journal's (2010). Recipient: Mississippi Majesty Award (2008); Drum Major for Justice Award (1998). Barrister, American Inns of Court. With: Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Jackson, Mississippi, 1977-1979; Ford & Ford, Tupelo, Mississippi, 1979-1990 (General Civil Litigation). Municipal Court Judge, Pontotoc, Mississippi, 1979-1990. Public Defender, Lee County, Mississippi, 1987-1990. Elected as State Court Trial Judge, First Circuit Court District (District includes Alcorn, Itawamba, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Prentiss and Tishomingo Counties), State of Mississippi, 1990. Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, 2000—. Invited Co-Presenter: "Spying on the Enemy: What Real Trial Lawyers Are Doing to Defeat the Latest Strategies of the Plaintiffs' Bar," Defense Research Institute Product Liability Conference, San Diego, California (April 16, 2009); "Trial Strategies for the Catastrophic Injury Case," 2009 Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, Phoenix, Arizona (April 3, 2009). Faculty: Tenth Annual National Trial Academy, American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and The American Board of Trial Advocates, Reno, Nevada (March 21-25, 2009).

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