Ford is a partner in the law firm of Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar and Scott, LLP in Chicago, Illinois. He previously served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Joel M. Flaum on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to attending law school, Ford was a business analyst for the consulting firm Accenture.

He is a 2007 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Northwestern University Law Review. Ford received a BA in government and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 2001.

He began serving on Kellogg's Advisory Board in 2007.