Susan Ford

Principal / Attorney • Portland, OR


Phone: (503) 598-7070


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Attorney Bio.

Susan Ford is an experienced intellectual property and business litigator, with over 20 years of experience working with businesses of all sizes to resolve legal disputes and avoid future litigation. As a former shareholder at one of Portland’s largest law firms, Susan started Res Nova Law to better serve her clients. Res Nova Law offers its clients Susan’s big firm know-how, while giving them the personalized attention they deserve.

When she's not practicing law, you'll likely find Susan spending time with her two teenagers (and two little dogs), on her road bike in wine country, or reading books about entrepreneurship and law firm management.


  • J.D. – Georgetown University

    • Ford Foundation Fellow in International Studies to the United Nations

  • M.S. in Foreign Service – Georgetown University

  • B.S. in Communication Studies (with a focus in Political Science)– Northwestern University


Published Representative Cases:

  • Ford v. Cascade Health Services, D. Or. 2006

    • Granting summary judgment in favor of defendants on antitrust claims brought by Oregon physician against hospital and anesthesiology clinic after termination of medical directorship and expiration of privileges. (Susan Ford represented the hospital.)

  • Columbia Sportswear North America, Inc. v. Cerf Bros. Bag Co., D. Or. 2007

    • Granting summary judgment against plaintiff/licensor in favor of defendant/licensee on patent infringement counterclaim. (Susan Ford represented the defendant/licensee.)


Recent Presentations:

  • Contract Law and Intellectual Property Bootcamp for Interior Designers

    • Interior Design Society Portland (June 12, 2018)

  • Intellectual Property Bootcamp for Business Lawyers

    • OSB Intellectual Property Section (March 7, 2018)

  • Trademark Litigation: Tricks and Traps in Federal Court and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

    • Multnomah Bar Association (December 14, 2017)

  • Essential Contracts

    • Pregame (December 11, 2017)

  • Protect Your Unique Ideas and Offerings

    • Pregame (June 8, 2017)

  • Let's Talk About Butts: A Conversation on Copying

    • Design Week Portland (April 28, 2017)

  • IP Basics for Small Business Owners

    • Mercy Corps NW (April 19, 2017)

  • Patents and Copyrights and Trademarks, oh my!

    • Portland Radio Project 99.1 FM Biz503 (April 24, 2017)

  • Insurance Coverage for Intellectual Property Claims (2016)



  • State Courts of Oregon

  • State Courts of Washington

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


Civic & Professional Involvement:

  • Oregon Entrepreneurs Network – Service Provider Member (current)

  • Women in Insurance & Financial Services – Member (current)

  • Girls, Inc. – Go-To Girl (2015-present)

  • Oregon Women Lawyers – Member (current)

  • The Link for Women – Member (current)

  • Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon – Board Member (2012-2013)

  • Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery – Board Member & Executive Committee (2005-2009)

  • Bradley-Angle House – Board Member (1997-1999)

  • Oregon Law Foundation – Board Member (2009-2010)

  • Oregon State Bar – Member (current)

    • House of Delegates – Member (current)

    • Leadership College – Fellow (2008)

    • Intellectual Property Section – Executive Committee Member (2008-2010)

    • Computer & Internet Law Section – Executive Committee Member (1999-2001)

  • Multnomah Bar Association: Judicial Screening Committee – Member (current)

  • Federal Bar Association – Member (current)

  • American Bar Association: Intellectual Property Litigation, Trademark, & Copyright Committees – Member (2008-2010)