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About Tom

Tom began his legal career in the Cleveland (OH) Prosecutor's Office.  While still a first-year law student, he was selected to take part in a pilot program for the mediation of court-assigned disputes.  As part of that program, Tom was provided with 40-hours of advanced training in mediation skills and successfully mediated hundreds of assigned conflicts for the prosecutor's office before being selected to serve as a Law Clerk to U.S. Circuit Court Judge Robert B. Krupansky on the United States Court of Appeals.


Following his service in the Federal Courts, Tom began a career as a Business Attorney and Litigator in the New York City office of Kaye Scholer, LLP, a world-renowned international law firm.  Tom was an attorney in that Firm's Litigation/Antitrust Department until he returned to Northeast Pennsylvania in the 1990s where he helped form Smithford Business Lawyers, a regional business law firm serving small and family-owned businesses throughout the region from their offices in Wilkes-Barre and Stroudsburg.  


Tom Ford, Business Lawyer, Northeast Pennsylvania

In addition to his legal career, Tom has been involved as a manager or owner of several diverse businesses, including a Photography business, a Poconos resort, a newspaper, and a restaurant.  His practical business experience informs the legal counsel and assistance that he provides to clients.  Tom knows what it takes to run a business.  His clients enjoy the experience, skill, and knowledge derived from his big-firm training, his decades of representing small and mid-sized businesses, and he hands-on experience of running his own businesses. (For more information, see Tom's Detailed Biography)

If you think your business can benefit from Tom's unique background, contact him today:



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