OUR LAWYERS

William E. Ford

PARTNER

William Ford served for 24 years as a trial judge on the Lehigh County (Pennsylvania) Court of Common Pleas.  He worked in all divisions of the court which included appointments as Administrative Judge of the Civil Division and the Family Division.  He presided over thousands of civil matters including jury and non-jury trials and hearings in personal injury, malpractice, contracts, business disputes, and real estate.

William began his legal career in the United State Marine Corps as an officer in the Judge Advocate 

General (JAG) Division where he was trial counsel at courts-martial. After his military service, he entered the private practice of law where he did business litigation, federal civil rights defense on behalf of the City of Allentown, worker’s compensation, and legal representation of families in personal injury, real estate, wills and estates.  He also prosecuted all manner of criminal cases including high profile murders as an assistant district attorney.

 

William works as a civil mediator in Lehigh, Northampton and other eastern Pennsylvania counties through ADR Options based in Philadelphia.  William completed the Civil Mediation Program at the National Judicial College.

 

For 15 years, William was an adjunct faculty member at DeSales University and at Chestnut Hill College in its graduate program. He was a visiting instructor at Muhlenberg College where he taught the American Judiciary course.  He has presented continuing education programs for attorneys.

 

William has served on the boards of the Lehigh County Bar Association, Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown Central Catholic High School and DeSales University.  He also has done other church and community work including 30 years as a coach with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).  Except for his military and educational years, William has always resided with his family in Lehigh County.

EDUCATION

The Dickinson School of Law, J.D.

DeSales University, B.A.

ADMISSIONS

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Military Appeals

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Matthew C. Ford

PARTNER

Matthew Ford brings his wide-ranging experience at a large international law firm based in Washington, D.C. to the Ford Law Office.  In his practice, Matt represented clients in federal and state litigation at the trial and appellate levels, and in government investigations and enforcement matters.  He represented individuals, domestic and international corporations, and political campaigns.  Matt’s practice included complex civil litigation and white-collar defense work in matters involving industrial disasters, economic sanctions, and international payment systems.  His work often focused on banking and the application and interpretation of federal and state regulations.  

Matt began his legal career as a judicial clerk with the Honorable Lawrence Stengel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Matt did a year of service with the Vincentian Service Corps in inner-city Chicago following his graduation from the University of Notre Dame.  After that and before law school, he worked as a paralegal in the banking section of a large New York City firm and as a member of the marketing team responsible for corporate hospitality at the U.S. Open Golf Championships.

 

Matt volunteers as a coach for his children’s soccer and basketball teams.  He is a dedicated long-distance runner with the completion of over 20 marathons.


CLERKSHIP

Hon. Lawrence F. Stengel, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

EDUCATION

The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

University of Notre Dame, B.A.


ADMISSIONS
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Eric J. Gaspar

ASSOCIATE

Eric Gaspar concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation and workers' compensation defense.  He also assists clients with real estate transactions, wills, powers of attorney, zoning, subdivision, land development, and municipal law.  Prior to joining Ford Law Office, Eric worked for a prominent Lehigh Valley firm.  He also served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable William E. Ford in the Lehigh County Court of Common Please for several years.

Eric attended Widener University School of Law where he was on the Dean’s list and graduated cum laude, with a Certificate of Merit for highest grades in Administrative Law and Legislation.  Prior to law school, Eric was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and on the Dean’s List at the University of Delaware where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor in history. 


Eric was born in Allentown and has always called the Lehigh Valley home.  He currently resides in Lower Macungie with his wife and three young children.  He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, walking in the Valley’s many beautiful parks and golfing.

CLERKSHIP

Hon. William E. Ford, Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

EDUCATION

Widener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

University of Delaware, B.A.


ADMISSIONS
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

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645 Hamilton Street

Suite 520

Allentown, PA  18101

484-273-0425