Ford, Parshall & Baker, L.L.C.

Ford, Parshall & Baker, L.L.C.

Our attorneys use their significant skills and knowledge in a wide variety of practice areas, which range from defending major municipalities and organizations to helping people form comprehensive estate plans.

Firm Overview

A Firm With a Wealth of Experience and a National Reputation

When you require legal assistance from a team of respected attorneys, contact Ford, Parshall & Baker. We have an excellent reputation based on our successful litigation experience. Our attorneys use their significant skills and knowledge in a wide variety of practice areas, which range from defending major municipalities and organizations to helping people form comprehensive estate plans.

Quality Legal Representation for Missourians Since 1976

Our clients are able to take advantage of our firm's many unique qualities:

-Experience. FPB attorneys draw upon a breadth and depth of experience and knowledge, providing our clients with a significant asset.
-Reputation. We are more than a local law firm. In addition to serving the people of Columbia and mid-Missouri, we represent clients throughout the state, including St. Louis and Kansas City, and are nationally recognized for our outstanding service. Our reputation serves us well in the courtroom, where we are known and respected.
-Dedication. We take our duty as your legal counsel seriously. We keep our clients informed throughout the legal process.
Representation for a wide range of legal practice areas

Our attorneys consult with clients in the following types of cases:

-Appeals
-Criminal law
-Custody and child support
-Divorce and family law
-Education law
-Employment law
-Insurance defense
-Medical malpractice defense
-Personal injury
-Professional licensing defense
-Professional malpractice defense
-Public entity and municipality defense
-Real estate law
-Wills, estates and trusts
-Workers' compensation
-Wrongful death

Mediation. In addition to our regular practice areas, we also have several attorneys who serve as mediators. Please contact us for more information about the mediation services we offer.

Learn more about our Missouri law firm

To learn more about our firm or to schedule your initial consultation, call Ford, Parshall & Baker at 573-449-2613 or contact us online.
Main Office
Main Office
3210 Bluff Creek Drive
Columbia  MO  65201
Phone
  • 573 449-2613
Websites
Personal Injury
The attorneys at Ford, Parshall & Baker have extensive experience in handling all aspects of personal injury claims. We have successfully represented clients in many different types of accident and personal injury cases.
Sometimes a person's injuries are caused by some form of negligence; while other times, an injury is simply the result of an accident. If the person injured believes that his or her injury was caused by someone else's negligence, the injured party may want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.

The attorneys at Ford, Parshall & Baker have extensive experience in handling all aspects of personal injury claims. We have successfully represented clients in many different types of accident and personal injury cases.

-Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), including car, motorcycle, ATV and boating accidents
-Tractor trailer (18 wheelers), bus and other commercial transportation vehicles
-Collisions involving over-the-road or long-haul drivers subject to special federal and state laws
-Cases involving closed head injury, traumatic brain injury, soft tissue damage and burn injuries
-Claims for emotional distress
-Premises liability
-Slip and fall claims
-On-the-job injuries
-Formal demands for damages
-Medical malpractice
-Claims against nursing homes
-Wrongful death and lost chance claims

Emily W. Little

Emily Little joined Ford, Parshall & Baker in 2002 after gaining invaluable experience as a trial and appellate attorney at the Missouri Attorney General's Office. She has tried cases to juries in multiple counties and has successfully defended clients in medical and legal malpractice actions.

In 2008, Ms. Little was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as an "Up and Coming Lawyer." In 2009, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers. In 2011, she was a recipient of the prestigious Lon O. Hocker Trial Advocacy Award, which is presented annually to attorneys under the age of 40 who have demonstrated unusual proficiency in the art of trial advocacy.

Practice areas
-Insurance Defense
-Professional Malpractice Defense
-State Licensing Boards
-General Civil Litigation

Education
-J.D., University of Tennessee- Knoxville, May 2000
-B.A., Rhodes College, May 1997

Bar admissions
-Missouri, 2000
-United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
-United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Professional associations and memberships
-Fellow, Missouri Bar Foundation, 2011 to present
-Missouri Bar Association Mentor, 2010 to present
-Missouri Bar Association, 2000 to present
-Civil Practice & Procedure Committee Member, 2002 to present
-Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, 2003 to present
-Board Member, 2009 to present
-Amicus Committee Member, 2011 to present
-Women Lawyers Association of Mid-Missouri, 2004 to present
-Boone County Bar Association, 2002 to present

Volunteer associations and memberships
-Columbia Montessori School, Board of Directors, 2009-2012

Honors & awards
-Lon 0. Hocker Trial Advocacy Award, 2011
-Missouri Lawyers Weekly, July 28, 2008, "Up and Coming Lawyer"

Publications
-Missouri Civil Procedure Deskbook Series, 3rd Edition, Rule 74- Judgments, Orders and Proceedings Thereon, The Missouri Bar 2007 and supplement, 2012
-Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Newsletter, Spring 2011, "Is Cell Phone Use While Operating a Motor Vehicle a Basis for Punitive Damages?"
-Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers Newsletter, Fall 2004, "Can a Parent Execute A Valid Exculpatory Release on Behalf of a Minor Child?"
Education
  • University of Tennessee- Knoxville
    J.D. , 2000

W. Hamp Ford JR.

Year Joined Firm
-1969

Areas of Practice
-Professional malpractice defense including legal and medical malpractice
-General liability defense
-Insurance Policy Litigation
-Mediation

Bar Admissions
-Missouri, 1964
-U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1964
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1967

Education
-University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
-o J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1964
-o Honors: Board of Editors, Missouri Law Review
-University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
-o B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1958

Published Works
-Corporation Residence for Purposes of Venue in Missouri Missouri Law Review, 1964

Representative Cases
-Bhagvandoss v. Beiersdorf, Inc., 723 S.W.2d 392 (Mo. 1987)
-Andres v. Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity, 730 S.W.2d 547 (Mo. 1987)
-Mahoney v. Doerhoff Surgical Services, Inc., 807 S.W.2d 503 (Mo. 1991)
-Opies Milk Haulers, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., 755 S.W.2d 300 (Mo.App. W.D. 1988)
-Goller v. Goller, 758 S.W.2d 505 (Mo.App. W.D. 1988)

Representative Clients
-University of Missouri
-Columbia Mutual Group of Insurance Companies
-Auto Club Insurance Companies
-Safeco Insurance Companies
-St. Paul Insurance Company
-The Bar Plan Professional Insurance Companies
-Intermed Insurance Companies

References
-Commerce Bank of Columbia
-Boone County National Bank

Classes/Seminars
-Trial Demonstration, American College of Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships
-AV rating by Martindale Hubbell
-American College of Trial Lawyers, Member, Fellow, 1982 - Present
-American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate, 1985 - Present
-Missouri Supreme Court Approved Civil Instructions Committee, Member, 1987 - Present
-Missouri Bar Foundation, Trustee, 1987 - Present
-Reality House Youth Offender Residence Program, 1969 - 1977
-Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
-Missouri Society of Hospital Attorneys
-Boone County Bar Association
-The Missouri Bar

Fraternities/Sororities
-Phi Delta Phi
-Kappa Alpha
Education
  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law
    J.D. , 1964

Jeff Parshall

For more than 35 years, Jeff Parshall has represented clients in Missouri federal and state courts, defending a wide variety of claims. Mr. Parshall began his career with the firm after his first year of law school at the University of Missouri and has remained here since, developing a reputation for his knowledge, competence and thoroughness as an attorney. Mr. Parshall is also available to mediate civil cases.

Mr. Parshall is a past president and current member of the Missouri Organization of Defense Attorneys, a member of the Defense Research Institute and the American Board of Trial Advocates and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Beyond the practice of law, Mr. Parshall is an avid golfer and a tremendous Beatles enthusiast.

Practice areas
-Insurance defense including: auto accidents, premises liability and professional liability
-Mediation

Education
-J.D., University of Missouri, 1976
-B.A. University of Missouri, 1971

Bar admissions
-State Bar of Missouri
-Boone County Bar

Professional associations and memberships
-Missouri Organization of Defense Attorneys
-President, 1998 1999
-D.R.I.
-American Board of Trial Advocates
-Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Volunteer associations and memberships
-Secretary, Board of Directors, Columbia Golf Foundation

Honors and awards
-AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
-Missouri Super Lawyers, defense litigation

Michael R. Baker

After growing up in Missouri's bootheel, Mike Baker moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri. Since law school, he has been litigating civil cases in courts throughout the state. He has represented numerous clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases involving premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, construction injuries, nursing home liability and medical malpractice. Mr. Baker has extensive experience in developing cases through discovery and in trying factually complex cases to judges and juries.

Year Joined Firm
-1982

Areas of Practice
-Personal Injury
-Products Liability
-Wrongful Death
-Medical and Nursing Malpractice
-Insurance Defense

Litigation Percentage
-95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties
-Mediator

Bar Admissions
-Missouri, 1980
-U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
-U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri

Education
-University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
-o J.D. - 1980
-Southeast Missouri State University
-o B.S. in B.A. - 1976

Representative Clients
-American Family Insurance Company
-United Fire Insurance Company
-CNA Insurance Company
-Safeco Insurance Company
-Geico Insurance Company
-Northland Insurance Company
-Health Systems, Inc.
-CCMSI Self Insurance Program Administrator
-National Indemnity Group

Classes/Seminars
-Recurring Faculty Mmember of the Annual Trial Academy, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
-Recurring Speaker at various Continuing Legal Education Seminars

Professional Associations and Memberships
-AV rating by Martindale Hubbell
-The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
-Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
-The Missouri Bar
-American Bar Association
-Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
-Boone County Bar Association

Fraternities/Sororities
-Phi Delta Phi
Education
  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law
    J.D. , 1980

Jeffrey H. Blaylock

A Columbia native, Jeff Blaylock attended both college and law school at the University of Missouri in Columbia. While in law school, he clerked at FPB. After practicing for four years with a large firm in Kansas City, Jeff returned home to Columbia and to Ford, Parshall & Baker.

Mr. Blaylock has extensive experience with litigating cases. He regularly defends individuals and companies in many different types of cases, including personal injury, employment discrimination, and actions against law enforcement officers and municipalities.

Year Joined Firm
-1990

Areas of Practice
-Federal and state defense litigation in the following areas
-Insurance defense
-Civil rights
-Employment

Litigation Percentage
-90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
-Missouri, 1986
-U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1986
-U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1986

Education
-University of Missouri School of Law
-o J.D. - 1986
-University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
-o Bachelors of Science, Business Administration - 1983

Classes/Seminars
-Repeat presenter on Employment Discrimination issues, Council on Education in Management
-Repeat presenter for inhouse seminars for private and public employers

Professional Associations and Memberships
-AV rating by Martindale Hubbell
-American Bar Association
-The Missouri Bar
-Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
-Boone County Bar Association

Fraternities/Sororities
-Alpha Tau Omega
Education
  • University of Missouri School of Law
    J.D. , 1986

David W. Walker

David Walker focuses his practice in the areas of real estate, business law, bankruptcy, estate planning and probate. Mr. Walker graduated from the University of Missouri-School of Law in 1989. While in law school, he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Missouri Law Review. Mr. Walker is a native of Columbia and joined Ford, Parshall & Baker in the fall of 1989.

Year Joined Firm
-1989

Areas of Practice
-Business law
-Real estate
-Probate
-Estate planning
-Education law
-Bankruptcy

Bar Admissions
-Missouri, 1989
-United States District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1989
-United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri, 2011

Education
-University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
-o J.D. - 1989
-o Honors: Note and Comment Editor, Missouri Law Review
-o Honors: Order of the Coif
-University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
-o A.B. Political Science - 1986

Representative Clients
-Columbia Public Schools
-Stephens College
-Westminster College
-Boyce & Bynum Pathology Laboratories
-Forum Development Group

Classes/Seminars
-Education Law, University of Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships
-The Missouri Bar
-Boone County Bar
-American Bar Association
-Education Law Association

Voluntary Associations and Memberships
-Columbia Swim Club
-Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Education
  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law
    J.D. , 1989

Jill R. Jackson

Jill Jackson grew up on a small farm in Centralia, Missouri. She attended Columbia College, then the University of Missouri-Columbia law school. Ms. Jackson had the pleasure of being able to try cases and work on appeals soon after graduating law school. She quickly gained recognition around the state capitol which led her to general counsel positions with the Missouri Secretary of State and the Missouri State Treasurer. In addition to litigation, she oversaw contract development, worked on state budget issues, worked closely with the state legislature and managed various personnel matters. She was also a registered lobbyist and provided legal counsel for several statutorily created state boards and committees.

Ms. Jackson handles matters filed in circuit courts across mid-Missouri and argues cases in front of the Missouri Court of Appeals. The appellate courts have special rules exclusive to those higher courts. Ms. Jackson has been writing appellate briefs for almost twenty years and has a thorough understanding of the appellate process. She practices in all three state appellate districts as well as the Missouri Supreme Court.

Ms. Jackson also has a comprehensive knowledge of real estate sales transactions and related tort claims. A large part of her practice is focused on defending real estate professionals, such as real estate brokers and agents, builders, developers, architects, engineers, and home inspectors. As a member of the national, state and local boards of Realtors, she understands claims involving real estate in a way few other attorneys do.

Many professionals such as doctors, chiropractors, veterinarians, engineers, surveyors, appraisers, and designers are required to be licensed by the State of Missouri. Ms. Jackson defends these licensed professionals in front of their licensing board or the state Administrative Hearing Commission. She has successfully defended claims made against the licenses of nurses, real estate agents, and other licensed professionals.

Jill is also licensed to practice in the United States District Court, Western District of Missouri. Outside of the office, she is a proud member of the local Salvation Army advisory board.

Areas of Practice
-Civil Litigation
-Appellate Advocacy
-Real Estate Law & Litigation
-Professional Malpractice
-Administrative Law & Professional Licensing
-Business Organizations

Bar Admissions
-Missouri, 1995

Education
-University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
-o J.D. - May, 1995
-Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
-o B.S. Business Administration - 1992
-o Honors: Graduated with Honors
-o Major: Management
-o Major: Marketing

Classes/Seminars
-Risk Management for Real Estate Agents, 2009 - Present
-Landlord - Tenant Law (2008), Sterling Education Services

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Missouri Bar Association
-Boone County Bar Association, Treasurer, 2009 - 2010
-Women's Law Association, Mid-Missouri
-National Association of Realtors
-Missouri Association of Realtors
-Columbia Board of Realtors
Education
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
    J.D. , 1995

Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri. He graduated magna cum laude from Oberlin College and received an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Chicago. After teaching for several years, he followed in his father's footsteps and became an attorney, earning his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. In law school, Mr. Robertson was submissions editor for the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights and a member of the Texas International Law Journal. He worked in the appellate law division of the Travis County District Attorney's office for two years, preparing briefs for argument before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

After law school, Mr. Robertson clerked for Chief Justice William Ray Price, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Missouri. He joined Ford, Parshall & Baker in 2010. His professional affiliations include the Missouri Bar Association, the Boone County Bar Assoication, the Elwood L. Thomas Inn of Court and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers.

Education
-J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2009
-Ph.D. candidate, University of Chicago, 1998
-M.A., University of Chicago, 1994
-B.A., Oberlin College, magna cum laude, 1992

Bar admissions
-State Bar of Missouri, 2010
-Boone County Bar Association
-Missouri Organization of Defense Attorneys

Professional associations and memberships
-The Elwood L. Thomas American Inn of Court
-Mid-Missouri Legal Services
Education
  • University of Texas School of Law
    J.D. , 2009

Josh Devine

Josh Devine focuses his practice in the areas of insurance and professional malpractice defense. Mr. Devine graduated from the University of Missouri-School of Law in 2007. While in law school, he was elected to the Order of the Coif, an honor given to the top 10 percent of students in a graduating class. He also served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Missouri Law Review, and received the Judge L.F. Cottey Award for excellence in written and oral advocacy. Mr. Devine returned to his home town of Columbia and joined Ford, Parshall & Baker in January of 2011. Before that, he spent over three years primarily representing financial service companies in customer disputes and litigation matters for a large St. Louis law firm. He enjoys being able to practice law in his home town.

Practice areas
-Insurance Defense
-Professional Malpractice Defense
-Securities Litigation/Arbitration

Education
-J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, May 2007 (Order of the Coif)
-B.S., Truman State University, May 2003 (Cum Laude)

Bar admissions
-Missouri, 2007
-United States District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2007
-United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2007
-Illinois, 2008
-United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District ofMissouri, 2010
-United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2010
-United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2010

Volunteer associations and memberships
-The Rotary Club of Columbia Northwest

Honors & awards
-Judge L.F. Cottey Award for Excellence in Written and Oral Advocacy
-William M. Howard Award in Legal Research and Writing

Publications
-Struggling to Give Meaning to the Concept of "Meaningful Inte1jerence ": The Eighth Circuit Announces a New Rule, 72 MISSOURILAWREVIEW 225 (2007).
Education
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
    J.D. , 2007

Michael R Whitworth

Mike Whitworth earned his law degree from the St. Louis University School of Law and has been a licensed attorney in Missouri since 1985. He is also licensed and has practiced extensively in Illinois. He is an approved Family Law Mediator.

Mr. Whitworth began his career as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri. He has tried many federal and state jury trials to successful conclusion. He has also argued and won four cases before the Supreme Court of Missouri. In addition to his courtroom experience, he is able to engage in negotiations that often allow his clients to avoid the expense of litigation.

He has handled many types of accident and injury claims, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, ATV accidents, traumatic brain injury cases, slip and fall claims, and burn injuries. Mr. Whitworth's current cases involve family law, wrongful death and personal injury, rent and possession actions for landlords, workers' compensation claims and criminal defense.

Areas of Practice
-Divorce
-Family Law
-Personal Injury
-Workers' Compensation
-Wrongful Death
-Criminal
-Child Support
-Child Custody
-Litigation
-Tort Law and Litigation
-Products Liability

Bar Admissions
-Missouri, 1985
-Illinois, 1991

Education
-Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
-o Juris Doctorate - 1985
-Southern Illinois University , Edwardsville, Illinois
-o B.S. - 1982

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Boone County Bar Association
-Missouri Bar Association
-Illinois Bar Association
Education
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
    J.D. , 1985

Ryan Redmon

Ryan Redmon focuses his practice in the areas of insurance and professional malpractice defense. Ryan graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2001. His career has been devoted to handling a variety of litigation matters, including personal injury and professional malpractice cases. He moved to Columbia and joined Ford, Parshall & Baker in April of 2013. Before that, he spent five years working with a large Tucson law firm.

Practice Areas
-Insurance Defense
-Professional Malpractice Defense

Education
-J.D., Notre Dame Law School, May 2001
-B.A., University of Indianapolis, May 1996

Bar Admissions
-Indiana, 2001
-United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2002
-United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2004
-Arizona, 2008
-United States District Court, District of Arizona, 2009
-Missouri, 2013

Honors & Awards
-National Champion, National Trial Competition (2000)
-Edward Barrett Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy (2001)
-Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Jackson County (2005, 2006)
-Adjunct Professor of the Year, University of Arizona Rogers College of Law (2011)
-Southwest Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Arizona (2012, 2013)

Published Decisions
-Trimble v. State, 848 N.E.2d 278 (Ind. 2006)
-Myers v. State, 839 N.E.2d 1154 (Ind. 2005)
-State v. Murray, 837 N.E.2d 223 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)
-Farrell v. Littell, 790 N.E.2d 612 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003)
Education
  • Notre Dame Law School
    J.D. , 2001

Clayton L. Thompson

Clayton graduated with honors from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2012. He was elected to the Order of the Coif, an honor given to the top 10 percent of students in a graduating class. During law school, Clayton served as a Note and Comment Editor for the Missouri Law Review. He also received the Roy E. Harper Prize and the J. Lewis Parks Prize for receiving the highest grade in his Constitutional Law and Antitrust Law courses. After his first year of law school, Clayton interned for Judge William Ray Price of the Missouri Supreme Court.

Clayton joined Ford, Parshall & Baker in June of 2014. He is a Columbia native, and lives here with his wife Elizabeth.

Practice areas
-Insurance Defense
-Professional Malpractice Defense

Education
-J.D., magna cum laude, University of Missouri School of Law, 2012
-B.A., cum laude, University of Missouri, 2009

Bar admissions
-Missouri, 2012
-United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2012
-United States Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2012

Professional associations and memberships
-The Crossing Church
-The Business Advantage
-City of Columbia Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Columbia Class of 2014

Honors & awards
-Roy E. Harper Prize for Best Work in Constitutional Law
-J. Lewis Parks Prize for Best Work in Antitrust Law

Publications
-"A Shooting Suspect's Release Revives the Right to a Speedy Trial in Missouri", 76 Missouri Law Review 971 (2011)
Education
  • University of Missouri School of Law
    J.D. , 2012
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