Rebecca L. Ford concentrates her practice on corporate transactions and contracts, corporate governance and litigation. She has extensive experience managing domestic and international litigation and intellectual property litigation and provides critical support on public/private transactions by managing government and stakeholder relationships.
For seven years, Ms. Ford was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Draper and Kramer, Inc., a large real estate and financial services institution, Ms. Ford was responsible for the corporation's legal matters, board relations and corporate governance. She was liaison to the City of Chicago, the MacArthur Foundation and other stakeholders for an innovative urban development.
Ms. Ford is also the former Executive Vice President for litigation and intellectual property at the MGM movie studio where she oversaw all domestic and international litigation, as well as intellectual property matters, involving MGM, United Artists and other MGM subsidiaries.
She also served as Associate General Counsel, City Colleges of Chicago where she supervised legal services for a seven-college community college district, and managed litigation, acquired and disposed of real estate, negotiated contracts, and counseled senior management on legal, regulatory compliance, and Institutional Review Board issues.
Ms. Ford's previous law firm experiences include bond-financed and real estate projects, as well as commercial and appellate litigation.
Ms. Ford has been a Trustee to a number of civic and cultural institutions including the Goodman Theatre, the Field Museum, the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has published articles in The Milken Institute Review, The American Lawyer, The Chicago Reader, The New York Law Journal, The Chicago Tribune and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Education. Ms. Ford is a contributing columnist for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin responsible for film reviews of current motion pictures being shown in Chicago area movie theaters.
Ms. Ford received her B.A. from Harvard College, her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and her L.L.M. in Real Estate from the John Marshall Law School. She is a member of the bar of Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, California, District of Columbia and the U.S. Supreme Court.