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Candace B. Ford
Danielle L. Borel

Candace B. Ford

Associate - Baton Rouge

Candace B. Ford is an Associate in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. in the Commercial Litigation practice group. Her principal areas of practice include litigation involving unfair trade practices and unfair competition; contract disputes; heathcare related litigation; and general business and commercial litigation issues. Candace also has experience representing financial institutions, mortgage banks and lenders, mortgage loan servicers and issuers, and other consumer financial services providers in lender liability actions. Candace practices in both state and federal courts, and before administrative courts.

She joined BSW after serving as an Assistant Parish Attorney for the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge where she defended the city in a variety of litigation, primarily serving as federal counsel. She devoted a significant portion of her practice to representing law enforcement agencies against Section 1983 claims and other civil rights litigation. She also has experience defending the city against planning and zoning, personal injury, and many constitutional issues.

Additionally, Candace previously served as a federal law clerk at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana where she worked closely with a federal judge, which enabled her to strengthen her writing, analytical, and research skills.

Candace received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Southern University Law Center in the top 5% of her class, where she served as Articles Editor for the Southern University Law Review and where she received a top oral advocate award at a national inter-school moot court competition. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, with a concentration in Pre-law and Paralegal Studies from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Candace is a regular volunteer for the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Pro Bono Project. She has been a dependable and consistent volunteer for outreach activities including Thirst for Justice, Ask-A-Lawyer and the new COVID-19 Legal Hotline.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Candace enjoys participating in community service; traveling and spending time with her husband, Aaron V. Ford Jr. and daughter Erin; and taking her beagle, Bentlee’, to the dog park.

Because Candace brings a lot of litigation experience and an unusually broad legal background to BSW, she is highly effective in serving her clients. Candace is naturally detail-oriented and extremely efficient. She specializes in exhaustive preparation for her cases, and has an uncanny ability to identify some way, even if it is usual, to formulate and deliver a compelling argument supporting her client’s position. If there is a way to win, Candace will find it.

Education

Southern University Law Center, J.D., magna cum laude, 2017

Northwestern State University, B.A., Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, 2013

Admissions

Louisiana

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

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Professional Associations

Louisiana State Bar Association

Baton Rouge Bar Association

  • Youth Education and Teen Court Committee, Chair
  • Publications Committee
  • High School Mock Trial Committee
  • Pro Bono Project volunteer

Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter

Federal Bar Association

National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section

American Bar Association

Community Involvement

Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Board of Directors

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Gamma Eta Omega Chapter, Baton Rouge, LA

Honors and Awards

Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Pro Bono Award 2020

Baton Rouge Bar Association, President's Award 2020

Baton Rouge Bar Association, Judge Joseph Keogh Memorial Award, 2019

Named a "Rising Star" by Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2021

Publications

  • “Judicial Interview: Judge William Morvant, 19th Judicial District Court, Division E Section 23.” The Baton Rouge Lawyer, May/June 2021. VOL. 4, ISSUE 3, p. 8.
  • "Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice.” The Baton Rouge Lawyer, March/April 2021. VOL. 4, ISSUE 2, p. 14.
  • "Judicial Interview: Judge Gail Grover, East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court, Division B." The Baton Rouge Lawyer, January/February 2021. VOL. 4, ISSUE 1, p. 8.
  • Marriage, Religion, and the Art of Judging in Post-Obergefell Louisiana, 43 S.U. L. REV. 291 (2016)
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Presentations

  • Distinguished Speaker at the 2020-2021 Southern University Law Review Junior Editor Induction Ceremony, October 16, 2020.
  • Co-Presenter: “The Youth Justice System: Opportunities to Make a Difference” CLE, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 [Speaker: Judge Gail Grover, East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court]
  • Panelist: Southern University Law Center’s Student Bar Association Virtual Alumni Round Up, March 20, 2021.
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