Ann Ford is a highly qualified intellectual property lawyer, working with clients to acquire, develop and exploit intellectual property assets. She advises clients on the business and transactional aspects of intellectual property and assists them with litigation and pre-litigation protective measures.

Ann has extensive experience developing and strengthening brands for both mature and emerging companies in a range of industries. Her background in communications and media law, and her experience in the retail, fashion, and financial sectors, provide her clients with perspective on the specialized and unique issues faced by those industries.

Ann was formerly the US Chair and Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Intellectual Property and Technology practice, where she oversaw areas including trademark, patent, cybersecurity, data privacy, telecommunications, commercial contracts, technology transactions, strategic sourcing, and financial payments and digital.

Ann is a member of the US Management Team and leads the firm's strategy around clients and sectors. She is a member of DLA Piper's Global Board, the Executive Committee and the firmwide Policy Committee.