Christopher S. Ford is an associate in the Litigation Department who is a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice and Intellectual Property Litigation group. His practice focuses on cybersecurity and privacy issues, including 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, ransomware incidents, and other data security issues, as well as assisting a wide range of the firm’s clients in managing their cybersecurity and related supply chain risks.
Mr. Ford joined Debevoise in 2012. From 2015 to 2017, he clerked for the Honorable 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. in political science, with high honors, from Swarthmore College in 2007.
Mr. Ford is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and is admitted to appear before the Southern District of New York and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- Merck KGaA in trademark infringement, false advertising and breach of contract litigation against Merck & Co., Inc.
- Black Diamond Group and Oliver Thomas in winning a complete victory at trial defeating MZ Wallace’s trade dress infringement claim involving a quilted handbag design.
- An internal review for a special committee of a large retailer arising from a data breach.
- Viacom in a negotiated resolution with the New York State Attorney General relating to compliance of Viacom websites with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
- Viacom in multidistrict litigation, In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation, and two class action matters Ali v. Viacom International Inc., and Mock v. Viacom Inc., alleging that Viacom sent unwanted text messages to mobile phone subscribers in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
- Toyota Motor Sales USA in various state and federal investigations relating to vehicle acceleration issues. These included 29 state attorney general investigations, congressional inquiries, SEC investigations, and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations, all of which settled without any criminal convictions for the company.
- Duke University School of Law, 2012, J.D.
- Swarthmore College, 2007, B.A.
- New York
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