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Buddy Dwight Ford

Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney at Tampa, FL

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  • Licensed for 36 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Buddy

Learn Buddy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    75%
    Although Buddy D. Ford represents all businesses and individuals in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, since 2011, the firm has found a niche market in the hospitality industry, representing over 80 hotels.

  2. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
    10%

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    10%

  4. Bankruptcy and debt
    5%

IS YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS IN FORECLOSURE? WE CAN STOP YOUR FORECLOSURE AND REORGANIZE YOUR DEBT!

Buddy D. Ford, Esquire has an excellent reputation as an experienced business attorney in the state of Florida, as well as in other jurisdictions. Mr. Ford is Board Certified by the American Board of Certification. He has litigated in Federal Court in Las Vegas, Nevada; Medford, Oregon; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston, Massachusetts; Wilmington, Delaware; Lexington, Kentucky; and throughout various Federal Courts in the State of Florida. He has represented a wide array of clients from simple to complex business bankruptcy reorganizations; individual bankruptcies' representing Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and Chapter 11 Debtors and Creditors. His clients have included, debtors, creditors, committees of creditors, receivers, banks and other lending institutions and trustees.

 

Mr. Ford clerked for the Honorable Joe Lee, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky and served as a Chapter 7 Trustee from 1987 through 1997 in the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. He has served as attorney for creditors' committees; served as Chapter 11 Trustee; represented Chapter 7 Trustees; and has administered thousands of bankruptcy cases during his professional career.

 

His Debtor representation ranges from individuals and small businesses to large corporations, including publically traded companies, hotels and motels.

 

His Creditor representation has included major lending institutions such as First Union National Bank, N.A.; Barnett Bank; SouthTrust Bank; NCNB; U.S. Bank; and numerous credit unions.

 

Mr. Ford served as a two-term County Commissioner in Pike County, Kentucky; was the recipient of the Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom (2004); recipient of the Florida Businessman of the Year Award by the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) (2003); appointed to the Congressional Business Commission (2003); was appointed to the Presidential Business Commission by the NRCC (2004); received the Florida Republican of Year Award from the NRCC (2000); recipient of the National Leadership Award (2000); member of the American Bar Association and National Business Institute.

 

Certified Legal Specialties
  • Board Certified, Amercan Board of Certification
 Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
 Education
  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky - J.D. - 1984
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky - B.S. - 1977

 

Honors and Awards

  • Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom
  • Florida Businessman of the Year Award, Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee, 2003 - Present
  • Presidential Business Commission, NRCC, 2004 - Present
  • Florida Republican of the Year Award, NRCC, 2000 - Present
  • National Leadership Award, 2000 - Present

 

Professional Associations and Memberships
  • National Organization of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America , Member
  • Senatorial Inner Circle, Member, 2005 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Member
  • Hillsborough County Bar, Member
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, Member
 Past Employment Positions
  • Pike County, Kentucky, County Commissioner
  • Eastern District of Kentucky, Clerk for the Honorable Joe Lee, United States  Bankruptcy Judge
  • Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, Chaper 7 Trustee, 1987 - 1997

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
2013

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Location

Buddy Dwight Ford
9301 West Hillsborough Avenue
Tampa, FL, 33615-3008

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
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Posted by Tom | February 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
From a Ford believer
Attorney Ford was referred to me by Legal Shield, an international network of attorneys - all top rated. I had an IRS problem. To this day when I tell people about what he did for me they are amazed,,,,,as I was at the time. Still am.
Posted by Jeffery | December 5, 2013
My Case Turned out Successful with this firm
I can't thank your firm enough for your advice, assistance and sample documents. The assistance you and Mr. Semach and your staff provided me was instrumental in the successful confirmation of my first Chapter 11 case. If I can ever repay the favor please let me know.
Posted by Michael | April 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Leadership and Professionalism
The team at Buddy Ford's practice is thorough, professional, attentive, and extremely knowledgable. Buddy's experience shines through in his leadership of the cases and is perfectly complemented by his team, especially in working with Jonathan Seamch. Unfortunately, my wife and I had to navigate both a business Chapter 7 and a personal Chapter 11. Through the efforts of the team at Buddy Ford's law offices we were able to do so minimizing the financial impact to our living requirements as well as the time required so that we could focus on the work necessary to rebuild from the consequences of the bankruptcies. They are clearly respected by both the courts and trustees in the Tampa area which was very important in negotiating successful settlements in both cases. I hope to never be in a position to require the services of Buddy Ford again, but if I were, I wouldn't hesitate to call on them.
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Posted by Wilma | October 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney and very detailed oriented.
I would like to say my experience was wonderful and the outcome of my case was as promised. The reception and receptionist was very patriotic and welcoming, it made me feel comfortable. I would highly recommend using Attorney Buddy Ford for all business bankruptcies.
Posted by Steve Mitchell | December 2, 2013
Very Thankful
Today is our three year anniversary of Parliament's filing Chapter 11. From "All" the employees at Parliament, we wanted to "Thank You" for rescuing us and keeping us employed. Every family that relies on Parliament to sustain itself through these economic times owes you a great deal of gratitude and we will continue to do everything possible to merit the confidence you have shown in us and make 2014 prosperous for us all. I would recommend you to anyone.
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Posted by Eli Munoz | November 19, 2013
This Attorney STOPPED my Foreclosure and saved me money!!!
I met with Buddy D. Ford, PA to discuss a bankruptcy issue and the pending foreclosure of several of my rental properties in Bradenton, Florida. I had such a pleasant experience with his staff and Mr. Ford and felt comfortable retaining his office with the knowledge that he and his staff had. I am glad that I did. Through his hard work, I was able to force the banks to accept new loan terms, stop the foreclosure, and continue to operate my business. Buddy Ford was able to negotiate with my lenders and reduce each mortgage by $100,000.00 I have been working with the office on my bankruptcy case for quite some time and was thrilled with my results. Mr. Ford has been working with clients for years and come highly recommended to me and I would recommend him to anyone. I was going through a very difficult time, with the pending foreclosure on my properties, but from the minute I walked into his office, I felt very comfortable. I thank them for the dignity that they showed me. I owe a great deal to Buddy D. Ford, PA Mr. Ford and his staff handled my Chapter 11 Bankruptcy with dignity and respect. It was with his efforts that I managed to turn my business around, maintain my operations, and keep my own staff employed. Thank you Buddy!
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Posted by Marcial | November 19, 2013
If you're in Foreclosure call this Attorney
Buddy D. Ford, PA helped resolve all of my pending foreclosure issues with my 40+ rental properties in Bradenton, Florida, through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. His staff was knowledgeable and courteous. They helped walk me through every step of this difficult process. Through his hard work, the banks accepted new loan terms, stop and foreclosures and I was able to continue to operate my business. Buddy Ford was able to negotiate with my lenders, I reduced my mortgages and discharged over a million dollars of dept. I have been working with the office on my bankruptcy case for quite some time and was thrilled with my results. Mr. Ford has been working with clients for years and came highly recommended to me and I would recommend him to anyone that needs competent representation in complex debt matters. I owe a great deal to Buddy D. Ford, PA Mr. Ford and his staff handled my Chapter 11 Bankruptcy with dignity and respect. It was with his efforts that I managed to turn my business around. Thank you Buddy!
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Posted by Ali Benjamaa-Geneva Management, Inc. | November 12, 2013
Looking to lower your interest rate on your Hotel?
Buddy D. Ford, P.A. represented me in a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, as well as a Business Chapter 11 bankruptcy on my hotel. I am extremely pleased with the results obtained. On my hotel alone, the mortgage was reset to substantially lower my monthly mortgage payment, to a 25 year mortgage with no balloon payment. The firm also filed objections to claims of certain creditors, and those claims were ultimately disallowed. I would recommend Buddy D. Ford, P.A. to anyone seeking a fresh start in their business ventures, or even personally.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2013
A trustworthy and reliable attorney
I came across Buddy Fords practice upon a referral of a business partner. My experience with his practice was wonderful. From the front office to the paralegals, his office works fast and reliable. My phone calls were answered promptly. Buddy went to the extent of speaking to me even after office hours. Our company was a family company, and this was a very rough time for... not only us, but our long time employees. This practice made this transition so much easier than expected and I would recommend them again without question. They got the job done and delivered the results they had promised. We shopped around before deciding to go with this practice and all of the other offices over promised. Buddy Ford PA gave realistic advise and followed through every bit. Again, I would highly recommend this practice.
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Posted by Sabatino Cupelli | June 28, 2013
A Lawyer you can trust to fight for your best interests and win.
Mr. Buddy Ford has been representing my Corporation, Nature Coast Broadcasting, Inc., for almost three years. Mr. Ford stopped an illegal action from a lower court causing my FM Radio Broadcast Facility to be returned to me. Mr. Ford then negotiated a settlement for the successful sale of same. Mr. Buddy Ford and his staff are very professional, and have fought tooth and nail for me and my Corporation's interest. When the IRS made an erroneous claim, Mr. Buddy Ford fought it with great courage and determination to show the alleged claim was faulty. The claim was reduced by over $150,000.00. Mr. Ford is continuing to get another further reduction or elimination of the claim. I would highly recommend the law firm of Mr.Buddy Ford. Sabatino, President of Nature Coast Broadcasting, Inc.
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2009
He's worth every penny!
I owe a great deal to mr. Ford! He's brilliant! He is very busy though. If you use him be patient. His staff is the best part of his office. They are exceptional in every way. I can't say enough about the skill of this office! Just make sure to keep in mind they are one of the most sought after firms and busy. Responses may not be as quick as you'd like. However, well worth every penny!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Buddy D. Ford, P.A.
  • 1991 - Present
  • Chapter 7 Trustee
  • U.S. Trustee
  • 1987 - 1997
  • County Commissioner
  • Pike County, Kentucky
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Law Clerk
  • United States Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Kentucky, Honorable Joe Lee
  • 1983 - 1984
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Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Louisville
  • B.S.
  • 1977

Associations

  • American Board of Certification - Business Bankruptcy
  • 2004 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • 1987 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • 1987 - Present
  • Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • Top 100 Registry
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Bankruptcy Lawyer - FL
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Recognizing Excellence in Bankruptcy Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • Best of Tampa Bay, 2017 Profile Series
  • Tampa Bay Times
  • 2017
  • Best of Business Tampa Bankruptcy Lawyers 2013
  • Small Business Community Association
  • 2013
  • INDO US
  • Chamber of Commerce Northeast Florida
  • 2013
  • Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • 2012 Sustaining Law Firm
  • Bay Area Legal Services
  • 2012
  • Presidential Business Commission
  • NRCC
  • 2004
  • Florida Businessman of the Year Award
  • NRCC, Business Advisory Council
  • 2003
  • Florida Republican of the Year Award
  • NRCC
  • 2000
  • National Leadership Award
  • NRCC
  • 2000
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Given (15)
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Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Buddy is truly one of the preeminent Bankruptcy lawyers in the South. His knowledge of bankruptcy matters is without limits. He has a tireless work ethic and is dedicated to achieving great results for his clients. I highly recommend and endorse him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Buddy Ford is an experienced Florida attorney wolkingin the Tampa area where he practices business law, bankruptcy law, real estate and foreclosuer law. The Minnick Law Firm is considering referring cases to Mr. Ford because he is good."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for any bankruptcy matter!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Buddy for over 5 years. A great bankruptcy practitioner. Very professional and knows the intricacies of the bankruptcy law. I highly reccomend."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I tried a bankruptcy adversary proceeding against Buddy Ford. Buddy proved to be an ethical and capable adversarywho represented his position with dignity and respect for the process."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Buddy is a highly regarded bankruptcy lawyer who care about his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Buddy For has been serving the community for many years and has proven time and time again that he is a staunch advocate for his clients."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Because of his experience, he can "cut to the chase" and resolve issues very efficiently. His associates and staff are top notch as well. I have recommended him many times. Herb Donica"
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