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Timothy Kent Ford

Timothy Kent Ford

also known as Tim Ford

Practice areas:

Litigation, Criminal Litigation

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About Me

Tim has handled major civil and criminal trials and appeals, in courts in Washington and around the country, for over thirty years. 

Tim’s criminal trial experience ranges from misdemeanors to capital murder cases.  He sits on the Washington Supreme Court’s Capital Defense Qualification Committee, and is himself one of a handful of Washington lawyers qualified to handle capital murder cases at all three levels:  trial, appeal, and post conviction proceedings.  He has argued several landmark criminal appeals in Washington and several other states, in the federal courts, and in the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is a nationally recognized authority on capital punishment and habeas corpus law, and has been recognized by the federal courts as an expert on standards for effective assistance of counsel in criminal trials.

Tim’s civil practice ranges from major civil rights cases to claims of legal and medical malpractice, negligence and products liability to highway design and car truck accidents.  At the trial level, he has won clients in those areas millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.  In the appellate courts, his cases have repeatedly made law expanding the legal rights of patients, workers, criminal suspects, and prisoners.  He has been called by one authority “the preeminent civil rights litigator in this region.” 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Criminal Litigation: 50%
  2. Litigation: 50%

Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

MacDonald Hoague & Bayless

1500 Hoge Building
705 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98104-1745




Professional Misconduct

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2007
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2006
Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2005
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2004
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
Washington Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2003
Thurgood Marshall AwardN/A1998
Courageous AwardN/A1995
William O. Douglas AwardN/A1992
Civil Libertarian AwardN/A1982
Best Lawyers in AmericaN/AN/A


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysPresident1994 - 1995
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationEagle MemberN/A
American Academy of Appellate LawyersMemberN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Washington State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1970