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John J. Ford

2121 North California Boulevard
Suite 290
Walnut Creek, California 94596
john at johnjford dot com

925.942.9000 voice
510.217.3722 fax

Professional Experience

IGL Group, Inc.
Walnut Creek, California
May, 2000 - Present

Working with a select number of both publicly-traded and privately held technology oriented companies, as well as gaming companies. Typically, working with senior management on a variety of projects, as well as occasionally taking the role of in-house counsel in order to coordinate all legal resources. Particular focus on software licensing, privacy, corporate governance, international jurisdictional issues, as well as providing strategic input. Have worked extensively in play-for-fun and play-for-real land-based and web-based gaming, racing and wagering. Significant international work, primarily in securities and corporate governance. Technology projects include work for online retailers and software developers for ASP's, games, financial transaction processing, survivability, scaling object services architectures and agent technology.

Ladbroke/USA April, 1993 - March, 2000
Richmond, California
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Board of Directors Member.

Managed all aspects of all legal matters for North America holding company of multi-national leisure industry leader, Hilton Group, PLC, a London based FTSE 100 company. North America operations employed over 3,000 employees at twelve locations in California, Colorado and Pennsylvania, as well as the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Responsible for in-house legal department and management of outside counsel. Handled all corporate transactions working with President, as well as all on-going corporate counseling matters, including contract negotiation, acquisitions, real estate, SEC matters, employee matters, litigation management. Significant involvement in development of technology oriented business initiatives. Primary responsibility for State and Federal legislative matters impacting interactive operations.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, Attorneys at Law
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Partner, 1988 - 1993, Associate, 1980 - 1988.

Corporate Department partner in 200+ attorney East Coast firm engaged in wide range of corporate matters, including joint ventures, partnerships, asset based financing, real estate development, land use and corporate governance. Clients included private and publicly held companies, local, national and international companies, as well as individuals, partnerships and joint ventures. Early work included litigation experience.


Villanova University School of Law
Villanova, Pennsylvania
Juris Doctor Degree, 1980, cum laude, Class Standing: Top 15%
Associate Editor, Villanova Law Review.
Chairman, Villanova Honor Board (administers Code of Conduct).

Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1977, Economics, cum laude.

Representative Matters


-Primary counsel for publicly-traded software developer and application service provider, involved in all aspects of technology oriented matters.

-Primary responsibility for negotiation and closing on web-based business alliance.

-Ongoing responsibility for U.S. internet issues for business alliance.

-Primary responsibility for state and federal legislative efforts of internet-based business initiative to avoid excessive regulatory oversight.

-Successfully resolved IP dispute following start-up of software research and development company.

Gaming and Compliance

-Managed acquisition of publicly traded casino company, including M&A, licensing and all regulatory matters

-Engaged in managing Federal and State legislative initiatives for gaming matters for publicly-traded and private interests.

-Created joint venture for acquisition of Canadian gaming facility between Canadian, American and Israeli companies.

-Assisted in structure, compliance and deployment of first online pari-mutuel wagering operation in North America.

-Created and managed Compliance program for North American gaming company, for compliance with Nevada and Great Britain gaming authorities.

-Assisted in licensing, construction and opening of new gaming facility in California, United States.

-Assisted in licensing, construction and opening of a series of off-track betting facilities in Pennsylvania, United States.

Mergers and Acquisitions

-Primary responsibility for international company's acquisition of publicly traded company. Work included negotiation of stock purchase agreement, employee transition issues, environmental, regulatory and licensing matters.

-Conceived, designed and implemented strategic re-domiciling of a publicly-traded company from North American jurisdiction to European jurisdiction.

-Primary responsibility for structuring, negotiating and closing, both as in-house counsel and primary business contact, tax-free 1031 exchange involving six commercial properties and 142 acre waterfront commercial development.

Joint Ventures and Partnerships

-Negotiated and closed investment in foreign corporation of minority equity interest and management agreement with international shareholders. Work included due diligence investigations, shareholders agreement, regulatory matters and asset based financing.

-Primary counsel for partner in Florida land development joint venture for several large tracts aggregating over 1,000 acres. Negotiated joint venture agreement and purchase/infrastructure development financing.

Real Estate Development

-Primary counsel and Board member for developer of mixed-use commercial real estate project in urban location, including creation of joint ventures, partnerships and long-term ground leases. Work included regulatory land use approvals and secured and unsecured financing.

-Represented owner/developer of office incubator in real estate development, including access and parking cross-easement arrangements, air rights ownership and transfers, and construction contracts.


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