The Hon. William G. Ford is a Justice of the Suffolk County Supreme Court in the Tenth Judicial District of New York. He was elected to the Supreme Court bench in 2016.
Previously, Justice Ford served as a judge for the Suffolk County District Court after being elected to the seat in 2009. He was appointed to a second term on the District Court by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in 2015. During his tenure on the District Court, Justice Ford was appointed to serve as the presiding judge of the Suffolk County Drug Treatment Court and the Suffolk County Mental Health Treatment Court in 2014 and 2015 by the Hon. A. Gail Prudinti, former Chief Administrative Judge of the State of New York. He was also appointed to serve as an acting judge for the Suffolk County Court in 2014 and 2015 by Chief Administrative Judge Prudenti.
He is a registered Democrat.
Justice Ford received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Empire State College. He went on to earn his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.
Prior to his election to the bench, Ford served as a principal assistant county attorney with the Suffolk County Department of Law for one year beginning in 2007.
He also served as a senior trial attorney with Zurich North America in Melville, New York, from 2000 to 2007. While there, Ford served as an attorney for the insurance carrier General Accident.
Before joining Zurich North America, he practiced as an attorney with the law firm Ross and Sambrato from 1998 to 2000.
His memberships have included serving on the board of directors of the Long Island Head Start and the Suffolk County Executive’s African-American Advisory Board.
He has also served as a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Islip NAACP, the Judicial Friends, the Historical Society of the New York Courts, the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of New York, the GSB YMCA Board of Managers, and past president of the New York State District Court Judges Association.
His committee memberships have included the Judicial Wellness Committee and the Pattern Jury Instructions Committee.
Justice Ford received the Honorable Marquette L. Floyd Achievement Award during the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association’s Black History Month Celebration in 2016.
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