Douglas Ford

douglas ford attorney for mitchell mcnutt and sams columbus mississippi

J. Douglas Ford

Columbus Office

P (662)328-2316 | F (662)328-8035

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Douglas is a shareholder of the firm resident in the firm's Columbus office, practicing in the state and federal courts in Mississippi and Alabama. Douglas has vast experience in litigation, mediation, and contract negotiations. A large part of his practice involves representing individuals in divorce, child custody and other family law matters; his extensive knowledge and experience in this area of the law led to his induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Douglas also represents various companies in litigation, regulatory and administrative matters, including serving as general counsel for a software company and several rural electric cooperatives in Mississippi. Douglas has successfully tried numerous cases in Mississippi and Alabama on behalf of individuals and companies. His hobbies include golf, hunting and fishing.

Areas of Practice


  • Mississippi State University, B.B.A., 1988;
  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1991; Johnstone Adams Scholar Award Recipient


  • Blue Key National Honor Society
  • Hall of Fame for Scholarship and Leadership
  • Who's Who Among Colleges and Universities
  • Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2016
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Lowndes County Bar Association
  • Certified Divorce Mediator, Justice Center of Atlanta, 2013


  • Seminar Speaker: “Evidentiary Issues in Litigation”
  • Getting Divorced in Today's Technological World, Mississippi Summer School for Lawyers, 2018


  • First Methodist Church of Columbus (past member of the finance and human resource committees and past chair of the finance committee)
  • Columbus Kiwanis Club (1999-2009)
  • Columbus Educational Foundation (2000-2020)
  • Loaves and Fishes outreach program

Previous Employment

  • Watkins, Ludlam & Stennis, P.C.; August 1991 – August 1993
  • Mitchell McNutt & Sams, P.A.; 1993 – 2000
  • Ford & Ray, PLLC; 2000 – 2009

Court Admissions

  • All state and federal courts, Mississippi and Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • American Bar Association
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • The Alabama Bar
  • Lowndes County Bar Association


  • MS – 1991
  • AL – 1997