Fellers Snider
Attorney at Law

Michael R. Ford, Shareholder/Director

Oklahoma City Office
Chase Tower
100 N. Broadway, Suite 1700
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-9211
T (405) 232-0621
F (405) 232-9659
MFord@FellersSnider.com
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Mike Ford is a transactional lawyer with extensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, banking, business, commercial and real estate law.

Over the past 20 years, Mike has served as principal outside general counsel for several clients whose businesses range from agriculture to public banking. Mike manages the legal matters, allowing his clients to focus on their business needs.

Throughout the course of his career, Mike has managed several significant matters for his clients. He handled all legal aspects and the sale of more than $2 billion in assets of a major financial receivership. He handled bank regulatory matters with all federal regulatory agencies for a publicly held bank. He conducted extensive due diligence and director and officer liability projects for major hedge funds. He also handled the sale of a $300 million portfolio of real estate and reviewed loans of all types for clients across the U.S.

Mike has represented both buyers and sellers in the acquisition and sale of assets and stock of major companies. His experience includes: federal and state banks, gelatin plant, oil and gas well servicing and equipment companies, coal mining joint venture, rural telephone company, an equine embryo transfer firm, insurance agencies, gas transmission company, automobile dealerships, energy trading companies and medical technology companies.

Through his commercial real estate practice, he has represented both landlord and tenants in major leases and represented developers of large residential projects, hotels, and retail centers.

 

Practices

Education

  • George Washington University National Law Center (LL.M in Taxation, 1974)
  • United States Army Judge Advocate General School (Commandant List) 1970-1971
  • University of Oklahoma (J.D., 1970) Order of the Coif; Phi Delta Phi. Article and Book Review Editor, Oklahoma Law Review (1969-1970); Honor Council Representative Senior Class (1969-1970)
  • Northwestern University/University of Oklahoma (B.A. in Letters, 1967)

Related News & Events

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1970
  • United States Supreme Court, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Northern District and Western District of Oklahoma
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Tax Court

 

Representative Matters & Clients

  • Serves as principal outside counsel for:
    • Caliber Development Company, a commercial and residential real estate development company
    • Wexford Capital LP and its related entities on selected matters
  • Represented several oil and gas well servicing firms including Shebester of Hennessey Inc. and Collins Well Service Company
  • Represented the receiver of the Federal Land Bank of Jackson in receivership and liquidated all of the assets of that entity
  • Represented Resurgence Properties LLC in liquidating a $300,000,000 real estate investment trust portfolio
  • Served as principal outside counsel to Local Oklahoma Bank and continues to represent its successor by merger, International Bank of Commerce, on selective matters; currently represents the Bank of Grove and Shattuck National Bank
  • Represented major car dealerships, including John Smicklas Chevrolet, on corporate matters and acquisitions and dispositions
  • Served as principal outside counsel to Stampede Farms and Redwolf Farms, owner of major agricultural properties in four states, and their related entities

Articles & Publications

  • “The Bad-Debt Blues,” American Bar Association Connection, Co-Author (November 18, 2009)
  • "Choice of Entity for Oil and Gas Activities Under the Tax Reform Act of 1986," Oil and Gas Taxes Natural Resources, Prentice-Hall
  • "The Whys and Wherefores of Revocable Trusts," Successful Estate Planning Ideas and Methods Service, Prentice-Hall
  • “Clifford Trusts Attractive Vehicles for Gifts of Oil and Gas Interests,” Oklahoma Bar Journal
  • "Estate Planning for Oil and Gas Interests," Oil and Gas Taxes Natural Resources, Prentice-Hall
  • “Section 22 Rates: Unregulated Rates in a Regulated Industry,” ICC Practioner’s Journal

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Section of Taxation, Professional Services Committee Chair (2008-2011); Vice Chair (2005-2008)
    • Section of Taxation, Closely Held Businesses Committee Chair (2003-2005); Vice Chair (2001-2003)
    • Section of Business Law, Negotiated Acquisitions Committee Member
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Chairman of the Section of Taxation (1983-1984)
  • American Law Institute (since 1992); Oklahoma County Bar Association, International Council of Shopping Centers; The Group, Inc.; Fellows of the American Bar Foundation; Sustaining Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation; Small Business Council of America; Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Oklahoma Academy, Member

Community Leadership & Activities

  • Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma City Community College Foundation
  • Member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church, Oklahoma City
  • Former Deacon, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City

Awards & Honors

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (2007-2015) in the specialty areas of:
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
    • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • AV Peer Rating Martindale-Hubbell (since early 1980s)
  • The Journal Record Leadership in Law Honoree (2008)
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers® 2006
  • U.S. Army—Meritorious Service Medal 1974; Joint Service Commendation Medal 1973

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Moderator, “Current Developments in Tax Law” CLE (November 2009)
  • Panel Participant, ABA Tax Connection Teleconference on the Low Income Housing Tax Credit/Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008 (Fall 2008)
  • CLEs and Bar Seminars Taught
    • Current Tax Considerations in Choice of Business Entity (OBA)
    • Tax Considerations for Each Business Entity (OBA)
    • Choice of Entity for Small Businesses (OCBA)
    • Representing Clients Planning for Retirement or Already in Retirement (OBA)
    • Estate Planning for Interests in Closely Held Businesses (OBA)
    • Incorporating Under the New Oklahoma General Corporation Act (OBA)
    • Taxation and Securities Aspects of Oil and Gas Businesses (OBA)
    • Drafting of Wills and Trusts (Oklahoma City University School of Law CLE)

Pro Bono

  • Have represented numerous individuals regarding various matters
  • Have performed legal work for church and other civic organizations

 

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