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Ford J.H. Turrell

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  • Grand Rapids

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Ford Turrell’s legal practice consists of transactional counseling for the real estate and corporate sectors. Within his real estate practice, he drafts and reviews commercial lease agreements and buy-sell agreements for multi-tenant buildings, commercial buildings or vacant land, including farmland. In addition, he drafts and reviews easement and license agreements for commercial and residential use. Ford also has experience preparing and reviewing construction and development agreements. His corporate practice involves forming new entities and counseling closely held companies through stock and asset transactions. Ford also reviews and drafts business contracts such as service and supply agreements. His pragmatic approach to writing, commenting and protecting client interests makes Ford a crucial member to the firm, while his responsive and approachable nature makes him an invaluable asset to clients. Ford’s experience spans across a variety of industries:
  • Agriculture
  • Commercial Office and Retail Leases
  • Distributors
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and Gas
  • Real Estate Development
  • Retail
  • Restaurants



  • Michigan State University College of Law J.D. 2012 summa cum laude
  • McGregor School of Antioch University M.A. 2004 Conflict Analysis and Engagement
  • Aquinas College B.A. 1998


  • 2012, Michigan


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Clerk Experience

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Honorable David W. McKeague

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Business Law Section; Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Member, Council of the Administrative and Regulatory Law Section (2014-17); Environmental Law Section; Administrative and Regulatory Law Section
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Teaching and Lecturing

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Rights, Responsibilities, and Realities civic education program in Grand Rapids area high schools
    Instructor, 2013
  • Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI
    Adjunct Lecturer
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
    Adjunct Lecturer
  • Nashville State Community College, Nashville, TN
    Member, Environmental Concerns Committee
  • Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI
    Adjunct Lecturer


  • Prepares and negotiates several large commercial lease agreements and amendments for retail, office, industrial, medical office, and mixed-use properties
  • Reviewed and assisted in negotiating contract for $26 million construction project
  • Reviews and negotiates contracts related to oil and gas royalties
  • Reviewed asset purchase agreement and assisted in negotiating sale of $6 million mobile home park
  • Prepared stock purchase agreement for sale of metal fabrication facility
  • Reviewed, prepared, and negotiated contracts involving stock purchase for multi-location distribution company
  • Prepares seller-financing documents in asset and stock sales
  • Prepares loan agreements, promissory notes, mortgages and security agreements
  • Prepares and reviews commercial loan documents for banks and nonprofit lenders
  • Assists clients with land contract assignment issues and contract defaults
  • Prepares development agreements, construction contracts and subcontracts, condominium leases and purchase agreements, and real property license agreements
  • Prepares and reviews corporate entity formation documents
  • Prepares and reviews supply agreements and service agreements

Honors & Awards

  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2021
  • Selected as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" for 2021 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • American Inns of Court (2011-2012)
  • Jurisprudence Achievement Awards, Contracts I, Civil Procedure I, RWA I, Contracts II, Administrative Law, State & Local Government Law, Legislation
  • Editor, Michigan State Law Review
  • Recipient, Dean Charles H. King Scholarship


  • Co-Author, “Hydraulic Fracturing: Growth, Regulation, and Challenges in the United States,” Environmental Law and Management, 2014
  • "Is Municipal Zoning a Significant Threat to Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan?" 58 Wayne L. Rev. 279 (2012)
  • Co-Author, Michigan Environmental Law Deskbook, Administrative Law Chapter


Community Affiliations

  • Embody
    Board of Directors
  • Hospice of Michigan Foundation
    Events Committee Member
  • Sparta Community Education, Michigan Migrant Program
    ESL Instructor (Fall 1998)
  • Soliya International, International Public Policy Dialogue Project
    Lead Facilitator (2001-2003)

Speaking Engagements

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