Elizabeth B. Ford is a native of Chardon, Ohio.
After graduating from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York with a degree in Classics, Elizabeth returned to Ohio to attend Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland. While studying at Case Western Law School, Elizabeth had the opportunity to intern at the Empire Justice Center in Albany, New York where she worked in the immigration unit. Elizabeth served as a legal intern at the Cleveland Immigration Court, where she observed removal proceedings and assisted in researching and drafting judicial opinions. Elizabeth also was a law clerk for a local Cleveland immigration attorney where she assisted in researching and preparing cases for litigation. After she graduated in 2011, Elizabeth was a volunteer attorney for the Cleveland Legal Aid Society Community Advocacy Program (“CAP”) and later an associate attorney at a Cleveland immigration law firm where she handled a variety of immigration cases.
Elizabeth became interested in immigration law when she met her husband, Wilhans, a native of Brazil. After navigating the U.S. immigration system for her husband, Elizabeth developed a keen understanding not only of immigration law, but also the emotional toll the immigration process takes on families. As a result, Elizabeth has devoted her practice to providing professional and compassionate service to people from all walks of life.
Elizabeth is a member of the Ohio bar and the American Immigration Lawyer Association (“AILA”). Elizabeth is an avid equestrian and world traveler. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Wilhans, and their horses and other animals.