Minnesota Lawyer sends condolences to family and friends of Mike Ford, who died Sunday. Details of the services are available at his firm’s web site, Quinlivan & Hughes, here.
Mike was the president of the Minnesota State Bar Association from 2008-2009 and was also president of the Stearns County Bar Association and the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association. He served with the Quie commission and the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments.
He had a lot of loves in his life including his family and the law, but I personally will always associate him with two things: St. John’s University (and Coach John Gagliardi and “The Mighty Seventh” bar district. He is a tremendous loss to his family, his law firm, and the legal profession.
P.S. MSBA President Brent Routman issued the following:
The Minnesota legal profession lost an outstanding leader this last Sunday with the death of Mike Ford. Mike was President of the MSBA during the 2008-09 bar year. Mike was constantly contributing practice tips to Bench & Bar. He was active in the Outstate Practice Section and the Judiciary Committee. He developed the three-legged stool analogy for justice system funding. We all know that stories make learning more interesting and memorable and no one excelled at storytelling more than Mike. Often his stories involved his stint in the military. Mike cared about people in general, no matter their status or position. He was not afraid to challenge the status quo or ask tough questions. However, he always did so in the most genial way, as a seeker of information and as a way to forge something better. He was humble, quick to give credit to others. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. Information on funeral arrangements can be found at: quinlivan.com.