James W. Ford is a founding partner at Ford & Britton P.C., a firm that handles appellate law. Over the years, I’ve faced Jim in court as an opponent and heard his cases brought before me as a judge. We even mediated cases for our respective clients together.
I met with Jim to talk through some of our more memorable experiences — in particular, cases where an attorney, judge or mediator took steps that made it harder for sides to reach a resolution. The interview has been edited for clarity.