Sammy Ford IV


Sammy Ford IV


Sammy Ford IV has tried over 20 cases before judges, juries, and arbitrators in his career, averaging more than two trials per year. He represents companies and individuals around the country in all manner of civil matters, including complex commercial litigation, business torts, securities and consumer class actions, and catastrophic personal injury cases. He is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

In 2017, he served as second chair in a trial for an energy client suing an insurance company that refused to pay for damage to an offshore well caused by Hurricane Rita. He played an instrumental role in the presentation of the evidence over the course of the six-week trial that ended in a $41.6 million jury verdict that included $27.3 million in punitive damages. The case was one of the top 100 2017 verdicts in the nation according to the National Law Journal.

He graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 2007. While there, he served as Development Editor of The Review of Litigation and as Chair of the Career Services Committee of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society. He participated in the school’s first Supreme Court Clinic and was on a team that convinced the U.S. Supreme Court to review a client’s case during a term in which the Court agreed to hear only 78 of the 8,517 cases filed. Mr. Ford clerked for the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

He was elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an elite group of the country’s leading trial lawyers. He has been recognized by attorneys across the United States, making the list of the Best Lawyers in America 2020 for commercial litigation. He was also named a 2017-2019 “Top 100 Texas Up & Coming” lawyer on the Texas Rising Stars list for his personal injury litigation skills. Rising Stars, which has listed Mr. Ford since 2013, honors leading attorneys age 40 and younger and those who have been in practice no more than 10 years.

Mr. Ford is a native Houstonian who attended St. Thomas High School where he currently serves on the board. He attended  Harvard University and graduated with high honors, magna cum laude, in 2004. At Harvard, he served as Historian of the Harvard Political Union, the College’s debating society, and as Secretary of Harvard CHANCE, a group dedicated to mentoring and tutoring students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

He is active in the community as a member of the local and state bar associations and the local, state, and national trial lawyer associations. Mr. Ford is a member of the State Bar’s Computer and Technology Section Council, and numerous committees of the Houston Bar Association.


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  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. – 2007
    • Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, Chair: Career Services Committee, 2005-2006
    • Review of Litigation (Volume 26), Development Editor, 2006 – 2007
    • Review of Litigation (Volume 25), Staff Member, 2005 – 2006
  • Harvard College
    • A.B. (Magna cum laude) – 2004

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • HBA Litigation Section’s 50th Anniversary of the 189th & 190th District Courts, Diversity: Winning with Inclusion, Panel moderator, September 19, 2019
  • E-Discovery Update, Harris County Civil Judges Conference, August 5, 2019
  • Top 10 Mistakes at Trial, Houston Paralegal Association- Advanced Paralegal Conference, April 26, 2019
  • Silver Tongues: A Mock Voir Dire, 2019 HBA Civil/Appellate Bench Bar Conference,  April 11, 2019
  • Technology and the Law: 30 Apps in 30 Minutes, 17th Annual Texas Minority Attorney Program, April 5, 2019
  • Top 10 Mistakes at Trial, Houston Bar Association seminar, March 15, 2019
  • Building a Resilient Law Office: Tips on Making Sure That Disasters and Acts of God Don’t Disrupt Your Practice, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 22, 2018
  • 60 Apps in 60 Minutes, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 22, 2017
  • Evidentiary Update: Experts, Attorney Fees, and Net Worth, panel at 2017 Houston Bar Association Civil/Appellate Bench Bar Conference, April 6, 2017
  • New Discoveries in … Discovery, Corporate Counsel Institute, April 7, 2016
  • New Federal Rules of e-Discovery, Advanced Evidence and Discovery, April 8, 2016
  • Embrace the Power of Difference, Panelist, Bar Leaders Conference, July 25, 2015
  • Cloudy, with a Chance of Ethics, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting , June 19, 2015
  • Technology in Your Law Practice: 30 Apps in 30 Minutes, Handling Your First (Or Next) Auto Collision Case, State Bar of Texas, December 10, 2014
  • 30 Apps in 30 Minutes: Turning Your Mobile Device into an Advocate, President?s Annual Meeting and Advanced Personal Injury Seminar, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, December 4, 2014
  • 30 Apps in 60 Minutes for Trial and Appellate Lawyers ? Turning Your iPhone (or Android) into an Advocate, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists meeting, October 16, 2014
  • The Ethics of Cloud Computing, Computer and Technology Section, State Bar of Texas, January 2014
  • Technology Skills for New Lawyers – What Law Students Need to Know, Houston Area Law Library Association, South Texas of Law, November 13, 2013
  • 45 Apps in 45 Minutes, Eastern District of Texas Bar Foundation?s 2013 Bar Conference, October 30, 2013
  • The Ethics of Cloud Computing, Law Practice Management Section, Houston Bar Association, September 11, 2013
  • Mobile Applications, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 21, 2013
  • Ethics of Cloud Computing, Houston Bar Association CLE, April 26, 2013
  • Ethics of Cloud Computing, Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association, March 12, 2013
  • Cloud Computing and the Law, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 14, 2012
  • Course Director, Personal Injury CLE, April 26, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) member
  • ABOTA’s National Board of Representatives 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America 2020
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the HBA on the Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Partnership award from Chevron for 2019
  • Top Lawyers List – Personal Injury, Houstonia Magazine, 2014
  • Hot List, Lawyers of Color, 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2013 – 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2013 – 2014
  • Texas Rising Star honors as presented by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, 2013 – 2019
  • “Top 100 Texas Up & Coming” lawyer named by Texas Rising Stars 2017 – 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Chair of the Computer & Technology Section Council 2018-2019; Council member 2011 – Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Pattern Jury Charges – General Negligence committee, appointments 2016 – 2022
  • St. Thomas High School, Board of Directors, 2013 – Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Litigation Section, Council Member, 2019 – 2020
  • Houston Bar Association, Member, Law Week Committee, 2011 – 2015
  • Houston Bar Association, Member, Houston Lawyer Editorial Board, 2011 – 2015
  • Houston Bar Association, Co-Chair, Golf Committee, 2012 – 2013
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Member, 2013
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellows, Member, 2013
  • Houston Trial Lawyer Association, Board of Directors, 2011 – 2012
  • St. Thomas High School, Member, Alumni Board, 2011 – Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Member, Bench-Bar Pro Bono Committee, 2011 – 2012
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • Houston Young Lawyer Association, Member
  • Houston Chowhounds, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, 2010-2016
  • Susman Godfrey, LLP, Houston, Texas, Associate, 2008 – 2010
  • Honorable Jerry E. Smith, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Law Clerk, 2007 – 2008

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