Christopher S. Ford is an associate in the Litigation Department who is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group and Data Strategy & Security practice.

Mr. Ford’s data strategy and security practice includes advising clients on incident preparation and response, as well as related criminal and civil litigation and regulatory investigations. His recent matters include managing responses to corporate data breaches, business email compromises, ransomware incidents and other data security issues, as well as advising a wide range of the firm’s clients on managing their cybersecurity and business continuity risks.

Mr. Ford also represents clients in trademark and trade dress cases in federal court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board and advises clients on trademark and brand management. He is a member of the International Trademark Association’s Non-Traditional Marks committee and the chair of its U.S. Litigation task force. He has guest lectured on trademark and trade dress issues at New York University School of Law and Rutgers School of Law.

Mr. Ford joined Debevoise in 2012. From 2015 to 2017, he clerked for the Hon. Laura Taylor Swain of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Ford received a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, cum laude, in 2012. Mr. Ford was an articles editor on the Duke Law Journal. He received a B.A., with high honors, from Swarthmore College in 2007.

Mr. Ford is a member of the Bar of the State of California and the State of New York. Mr. Ford is admitted to appear before the Central District of California, the Northern District of California, the Southern District of New York, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


  • Duke University School of Law, 2012, J.D.
  • Swarthmore College, 2007, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • California