James A. Ford


PHONE: 208-343-5454   FAX: 208-384-5844
EMAIL: jaf@elamburke.com


Mr. Ford joined the firm in 1987. Prior to joining Elam & Burke, he practiced law for two years with an insurance defense firm in both its Boise and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, offices. While in law school, he participated in summer internship programs with the Ada County and Valley County Prosecuting Attorney offices. Mr. Ford’s practice consists primarily of insurance defense (personal injury), workers’ compensation, and civil litigation. Mr. Ford is currently the Managing Director at Elam & Burke.

Mr. Ford’s interests outside the practice of law include biking, golf, and coaching his sons in their sports activities. Mr. Ford is married to Chandra Zenner Ford and they have two sons.

Practice Areas


University of Idaho, J.D. 1985; University of Montana, B.A. Business Finance and Management 1982.


Idaho state and federal courts, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Idaho State Bar (Workers’ Compensation, Litigation, Professionalism Sections, past chair 1991, Young Lawyers Section); Idaho Fourth District Bar Association; Idaho Association of Defense Counsel (past president 2002 and past representative for Idaho to the Defense Research Institute); Defense Research Institute; American Inns of Court No. 130 (founding member, past secretary 1991-1997); International Association of Defense Counsel; Martindale Hubbell Rating: AV® Preeminent