Darren is an experienced media law attorney and litigator. He advises media clients on legal issues involving the First Amendment, access to government records, copyright, privacy, and defamation, and regularly represents his media clients in federal and state court litigation throughout the region. Darren also represents businesses in complex litigation involving labor and employment claims, commercial contract disputes, trade secrets, commercial fraud, and consumer law issues, and has obtained more than $100,000,000 in settlements and judgments for his clients. In addition to his media clients, he has represented companies in a variety of industries, including hospitality, beauty & personal care, food manufacturing, professional services, health care, financial services, defense contracting, real estate, and industrial storage manufacturing.  

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Darren W. Ford

201 E. Fifth St., Suite 1420
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Media Law

          First Amendment

          Freedom of Information/Public Records

          Defamation/Libel Litigation

          Prepublication Review

          Intellectual Property


Labor and Employment Law

          Wage and Hour Litigation

          Employment Discrimination Litigation

          ERISA Litigation

          Noncompete Litigation

Class Action Litigation

         Consumer Products

         Wage and Hour

Commercial Litigation


            Commercial Fraud

            Corporate Fiduciary

            Professional Services Malpractice

            Commercial Lease



            Trade Secrets 

Appellate Practice

Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court of Ohio

Supreme Court of Kentucky

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Society of Professional Journalists – Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter First Amendment Award

Ohio State Bar Association 2019 Best Brief Award

Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers – Class of 2016

Leadership Northern Kentucky – Class of 2020

Super Lawyers – Rising Star 2017-2020

Federal Bar Association – John W. Peck Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter

Board Member, 2015-2021


Kentucky Bar Association

Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 2019-Present


Salmon P. Chase Inn of Court – 2016-2020


Potter Stewart Inn of Court – 2012-2019


Cincinnati Bar Association


Media Law Resource Center

University of Cincinnati College of Law

Order of the Coif

University of Cincinnati Law Review- Notes & Comments Editor

Henry A. Morrill Constitutional Law Prize

The Lawrence Maxwell Advocacy Prize

Taft, Stettinius & Hollister Founders Scholarship

Sixth Circuit Appellate Practice Clinic

Judicial Extern, Judge Sandra Ammann, S.D. Ohio


University of Southern California

Life Learning Center, Covington, Kentucky

Volunteer Faculty – 2018-2020


ArtsWave, Cincinnati, Ohio

Cabinet Member – 2021 Campaign

University of Cincinnati College of Law

Adjunct Professor of Law – 2024-Present

University of Cincinnati Law Review

Public Access to Police Body Camera Footage - It's Still Not Crystal CLEIR (with Jack Greiner)

Secondary Liability Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Getting Past Function and Focusing on Results: When Should a Proceeding Before a State Administrative Agency Be Removable Under 28 U.S.C. § 1441(a)?


Media Law Resource Center

2018 MLRC Media Law Conference - Facilitator

It’s "OK" To Call a Police Officer Racist (Media Law Letter Jan. 2024)

Courthouse News Service Continues Its Winning Streak (Media Law Letter Mar. 2023)

Ohio Senate Candidate Can Run, But Not Hide (Media Law Letter Oct. 2022)

Court Orders Disclosure of Redacted Briefs in Constitutional Challenge to Substance Use

Treatment Law (Media Law Letter Feb. 2022)

Covington Catholic Students’ Cases Dismissed (Media Law Letter Jan. 2021)

Ohio Court Considers Whether a “Suspect” Is a “Robber” (Media Law Letter Dec. 2019)

Media Law Resource Center (Con't)

Fake News, Yelpers, and Tweets, Oh My!: Section 230 Case Law Update (Bulletin - May 2017)

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of Recent CDA Decisions (Bulletin - May 2016)

Getting Hyper Over the Single Publication Rule (Media Law Letter - Oct. 2015)

Ohio Juvenile Judge Held in Contempt (Media Law Letter Sept. 2013)


Ohio Lawyer Magazine

A Worthy Addition to the Endangered Species List (April 2014)


American Bar Association

ABA Forum on Communications Law – Panelist – Hot Issues in Libel & Privacy Workshop (2019)


Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention

ESI for Judges: Myths v. Reality (2013)


National Business Institute

Kentucky Employment Law: Hiring, Firing, and Disciplining Employees (2024)