Darren Ford grew up in Connecticut, in a home where his parents encouraged him to pursue a variety of things. So he did. He would try one thing, learn from it, build on it and move onto the next thing. His life so far has unfolded in this way.
It was his mother’s idea to introduce him to the New York TV commercial/acting scene. He did a couple regional commercials, was an extra in a number of big films, and starred in a national anti-drug video for the U.S. Department of Education. “I had to memorize lines quickly and formulate ideas for how to approach various scenes and situations. I had to intuit much of what the directors wanted to accomplish.”
At age 11, after about six years, Darren decided he’d wrung all he could from that world. He took up writing music in his early teens and decided to try his hand at film composition. At 17, he won fourth place in a national competition for young composers for a comedic opera, which turned out to be his most ambitious work. That work helped him get into the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a bachelor’s of music degree.
The plan was to tend bar at night, write music during the day. It satisfied the creative right side of his brain, but not the logical left. One day while visiting his bank -- a large national bank -- it occurred to him that here was an environment where he could acquire new skills that would help him in the next stage of his life.
“I began as a personal banker and found I enjoyed the role of trusted advisor. My clients knew I’d never sell them anything that wasn’t good for them. I knew that these were the professional relationships I wanted to have.”
For three years, he worked at one big national bank, then a second. One fall day in 2006 on a vacation to Quebec City, it struck him that law school was the place for him. He signed up for the LSAT when he got home and, at a law school fair in New York, made the decision to attend the University of Cincinnati. Darren had been to Cincinnati once before, to attend a second cousin’s wedding. His paternal grandfather was born in Norwood. He had some family here, which was another factor. He felt like he’d come home.
His wife, Pilar, was born in Argentina and works in the travel industry. He hasn’t written music for years, but he doesn’t miss it. He’ll tell you every experience he’s had, from those early days in front of the camera, has prepared him for a career in law. It’s a good feeling, he says – it seems to him that it took a while to get here.
He talks about his idea of what it takes to be a great attorney: “You have to understand what motivates people, whether it’s your client, another attorney or a judge. It’s important, too, to maintain objectivity. Always in the back of your mind should be the question of what’s best for your client. The client should look back 10 years later and think, ‘That attorney really did right by me.'"
Darren advises individuals and businesses on issues involving complex business disputes and media law issues, and represents their interests in litigation before state and federal courts, and in alternative dispute resolution matters. He emphasizes strategic planning around concrete objectives, while simultaneously promoting efficiency and process transparency during execution.
Darren has advised and represented clients in a variety of disputes involving fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets, professional negligence, unjust enrichment, undue influence, will contests, consumer protection law violations, trademark registration, quiet title, slander of title, wrongful eviction, conversion, products liability, among others. He also regularly represents media clients in government open records/First Amendment litigation, and defamation litigation. He has experience dealing with, and cross-examining expert witnesses in a variety of fields, including accountancy, corporate tax shelters, business and asset valuation, casino gaming, consumer surveys, and corporate fiduciary standards.
Prior to entering practice Darren worked in the retail financial services industry for two large commercial banks. In addition to his financial services industry experience, Darren has a background in the creative arts, having received a degree in music composition from the University of Southern California.
Darren received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and graduated in the top ten percent of his class. He is a member of the Potter Stewart American Inn of Court, the Cincinnati Bar Association, and is on the board of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Darren is admitted to practice before state and federal courts in Ohio and Kentucky.
A native of Connecticut, Darren has family roots throughout Southern Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. He currently lives in Villa Hills, Kentucky with his wife and two children.