H. Aubrey Ford III


Leading Richmond Trial Attorney


Aubrey Ford is an accomplished trial lawyer who has successfully handled an exceptionally diverse array of federal and state cases during his 37-year career. He has served as lead trial attorney in cases involving legal malpractice, first amendment rights, religious, race, and age discrimination, sexual assault and harassment, class actions, wrongful death, personal injury, breach of contract, business conspiracy, wrongful employment termination, toxic tort and construction disputes. He has tried over 100 civil trials to verdict.

Aubrey’s skills as an advocate have been repeatedly recognized by his peers and the public. He has been honored to be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a strictly invitation-only organization of the most respected trial lawyers in the U.S. and Canada, in the opinion of Judges and fellow practitioners. Membership is limited to the top one percent of attorneys in the each state. He currently serves on the College’s Virginia State Committee.

Aubrey was recently named by his peers as one of the “Top Ten Virginia Super Lawyers” for three consecutive years. He has been included in Best Lawyers in America since 1999 and is currently listed in five separate categories. His work in employment law has also been widely recognized. In 2016 and 2014, his peers honored Aubrey with a designation as “Richmond Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law” from Best Lawyers in America.

Aubrey also has experience in the legislative arena. Aubrey is the author and primary proponent of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act (Virginia Code § 8.01-216) passed unanimously by the Virginia General Assembly in 2002. This Act allows Virginia citizens with knowledge of fraud involving public funds to bring a civil action on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Aubrey has also been invited to speak frequently on a variety of litigation topics to many legal and business groups. He has spoken to lawyer organizations on topics of general civil litigation, civil rights, commercial litigation, legal malpractice, False Claims Act, and employment law.

Contact Aubrey: aford@virginiatrialfirm.com; 804-343-4360


  • J.D., University of Virginia (1979)
    • Dillard Fellow
  • B.A., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (1975)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admission

  • Virginia, 1979

Court Admissions

  • All Virginia Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Previous Experience

  • Cantor Arkema, P.C., Partner (1991-2009)
  • Browder & Russell, Partner and Head of Litigation Section (1979-1991)


  • American College of Trial Lawyers (2007-present)
  • AV ® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Best Lawyers in America®, in the categories of Legal Malpractice Law, Civil Rights Law, Commercial Litigation, and Bet-the-Company Litigation (1999-present)
  • Best Lawyers in America® “Richmond Employment Law – Individual’s Lawyer of the Year” (2016, 2014)
  • Virginia Super Lawyers® (2006-2013, 2017), selected by Law & Politics
    • “Top 10 Virginia Super Lawyers” (2013, 2012, 2011)
    • “Top 50 Virginia Super Lawyers” (2010)
    • "Top 50 Richmond Super Lawyers" (2017)
    • "Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers" (2017)
  • “Legal Elite” for the state of Virginia, named by Virginia Business Magazine
  • Faculty, Virginia State Bar Mandatory Course on Professionalism (2000-2003)

Professional Associations

  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Virginia Lawyers Trial Association
    • Professional Liability Section Chair (2007-2009)
    • Employment Law Section Chair (1999)
    • Constitutional Law Section Chair (1998)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates

Community Involvement

  • Chrysalis Institute (2010-present)
    • Current President
  • Coalition for a Greater Richmond, Co-Chair (1995-2006)
  • American Friendship Library Project, Board of Directors (1993-1996)
  • Richmond Ballet, Board of Directors (1986-1994)
  • Chair, Virginia Bar Association statewide project to establish law libraries in Poland and Estonia (1998)
  • Volunteer, numerous civic associations


    This was a case against a lawyer for his negligence in handling a medical malpractice lawsuit. The plaintiff, an athletic 13-year old girl, sought treatment for her scoliosis from a pediatric orthopedist who recommended surgery. During the surgical procedure, neurological monitors to the plaintiff's lower extremities lost all signals and the plaintiff suffered permanent partial paraplegia as a result.

    The plaintiff's parents took legal action, hiring a lawyer in Washington, DC to represent their daughter. However, the lawyer encountered problems when the medical malpractice lawsuit was dismissed on grounds that the complaint improperly named the plaintiff. Filed only four days before the statute of limitations ran out, the case had to be refiled. However, it was again dismissed - this time because the lawsuit was filed past the date of the statute of limitations.

    The family then hired Aubrey Ford to bring an action against the D.C. lawyer for malpractice. After extensive discovery, Mr. Ford tried the case with his partner Stephanie Grana for four days. The jury awarded the plaintiff $4,000,000. The verdict was reduced to the Virginia medical malpractice cap as required by law. (Aubrey Ford, Stephanie Grana)
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    This was a section 1983 civil rights action for the enforcement of first amendment rights by the former Leesburg Chief of Police, who contended he was terminated for reporting illegal acts conducted by the Town Manager and Council members. The case was tried by Mr. Ford, with co-counsel Elaine Bredehoft, in the federal district court in Alexandria for 4 days. The jury awarded a $3.1 million verdict.
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  • Legal Malpractice

    $8 Million Settlement

    This case involved a breach of the professional standard of care in complex litigation. The defendant in the case was a large law firm.

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  • Commercial & Business Dispute

    $6 Million Settlement

    Claim against executor of estate for breaching fiduciary duties owed to the beneficiaries. The case went to trial before a jury for four days before the defendant agreed to settle.

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  • Wrongful Death

    $5 Million Settlement

    The plaintiffs were two men killed in an explosion on an industrial site. The case settled in the plaintiffs’ favor after a two-day evidentiary hearing on the defendant’s workers’ compensation plea.
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  • Commercial & Business Dispute

    $3.75 Million Settlement

    Mr. Ford represented three original owners of a start-up manufacturing company against an established national corporation for fraud and fraud in the inducement of a contract to sell their company. The commercial lawsuit was filed in federal court. After many contested motions and extensive international discovery, the case was settled for $3,750,000 in a mediation supervised by the federal magistrate.

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  • Truck Accident

    $3.5 Million Settlement

    Personal injury action for the plaintiff nurse who was a passenger in a motor vehicle that pulled off the interstate. The tractor-trailer attempted to avoid another vehicle parked in the median and struck the plaintiff’s vehicle. The plaintiff suffered severe injuries to her spine. After substantial discovery activities, the case was settled at mediation.

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  • Sexual Assault

    $3 Million Settlement

    The plaintiff, a female tenant, brought a claim for rape and attempted murder against an apartment maintenance worker and the apartment complex management company.

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  • Wrongful Death

    $2 Million Settlement

    Case involving the death of a young student in an automobile accident.

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  • Brain Injury

    $2 Million Settlement

    Automobile accident case involving a brain injury suffered by our client.

    (Irv Cantor, Aubrey Ford, Stephanie Grana, Elliott Buckner)

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  • Commercial & Business Dispute

    $1.9 Million Verdict

    Business litigation matter involving three partners in a real estate development corporation and a dispute about the magnitude of management fees.

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  • Auto Accident

    $1.8 Million Settlement

    Personal injury lawsuit involving a college student seriously injured in an automobile accident off campus involving alcohol.

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  • Commercial & Business Dispute

    $1.5 Million Settlement

    Class action filed in federal district court for 30 workers of a telecommunications company claiming unpaid overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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  • Commercial & Business Dispute

    $1.28 Million Jury Verdict

    A former Chief Operating Officer and Company Director claimed breach of contract when his stock options were not paid out upon termination. The case was tried alongside co-counsel Elaine Bredehoft in the Fairfax Circuit Court for one week.

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  • Sexual Assault

    $1.2 Million Settlement

    The case involved sexual assault in a school setting. (Irv Cantor, Aubrey Ford)

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  • Premises Liability

    $1.2 Million Jury Verdict

    The Plaintiff, a 46-year old construction worker, was injured while eating dinner with a friend at the defendant’s restaurant. During dinner, a four pound ornamental clay bell detached from its display stand and hit the plaintiff on the head. The Plaintiff sustained a mild traumatic brain injury as a result.

    The Plaintiff incurred medical bills of $23,000 and presented evidence of a life care plan composed primarily of future medications totaling $170,000. Ultimately, the Plaintiff chose not to present a lost wage or diminished earning capacity claim. The highest settlement offer prior to trial was $100,000. The four day trial involved testimony from engineers, brain injury and radiology experts, and experts on medical damages. The jury rendered a verdict of $1,200,000.

    (Aubrey Ford, Irv Cantor)

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  • Sexual Assault

    $1.125 Million Settlement

    The case involved sexual assault in a workplace setting. The allegations included negligent hiring of an attendant.

    (Irv Cantor, Aubrey Ford, Stephanie Grana)

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  • Commercial & Business Dispute

    $1 Million Settlement

    This was a business dispute between two brothers regarding the plaintiff’s entitlement to 20% of the annual net income generated by a landfill. The case was settled at trial immediately before jury selection.

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  • Auto Accident

    $900,000 Settlement

    Personal injury action for a young woman arising out of an auto accident.

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  • Sexual Assault

    $800,000 Jury Verdict

    The plaintiff, a customer at the local Dairy Queen, was assaulted by an employee of the business. The case was tried before a jury for 3 days. The highest settlement offer prior to trial was $25,000.

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  • Commercial & Business Dispute

    $754,000 Settlement

    Claim filed in arbitration for employee who sued to collect payments due to him under contract.

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  • Commercial & Business Dispute

    $700,000 Settlement

    Female employee brought suit against multinational, former employer for illegally defaming her after her termination.

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  • Civil Rights

    $500,000 Settlement

    Title VII lawsuit filed in federal court for female truck driver claiming she was not allowed to handle certain lucrative routes due to her gender.

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