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Kiah T. "Chip" Ford IV


Chip Ford has 20 years of experience representing creditors in all aspects of commercial debt collection and loss mitigation, including loan restructuring, bankruptcy and litigation to enforce remedies such as foreclosure and receivership. His clients include national and regional banks, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) special servicers and purchasers of distressed debt.

Chip also advises and represents clients from a wide range of industries on all aspects of the bankruptcy process, including the purchase and sale of assets under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11 plan confirmation, the assumption and rejection of contracts, and the defense of preference and fraudulent transfer claims.

In addition, Chip serves as the practice leader for Parker Poe’s Creditors’ Rights & Financial Restructuring group.

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Attorneys in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 0 Practice Areas in Chambers USA 2015: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Representative Experience

  • Represented CMBS special servicers in the resolution of hundreds of millions of dollars in distressed conduit loans secured by hotels, retail centers, industrial facilities and apartment projects in North Carolina
  • Represented national and regional banks in the resolution of hundreds of millions of dollars in distressed real estate loans and commercial and industrial (C&I) loans
  • Served as lead counsel to a national automotive retail chain in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of General Motors and Chrysler
  • Served as lead counsel to a national utility service provider in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Lehman Brothers
  • Handled the defense of over 25 bankruptcy preference cases involving total claims in excess of $10 million – clients paid an average of only 5 percent of the amount claimed

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Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 1), 2008-2017
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2012-2017; Litigation – Bankruptcy, 2013-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Bankruptcy; Reorganization & Creditors' Rights; Commercial Foreclosure & Receivership; Financial Restructuring; Litigation
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” in Bankruptcy, 2010
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in Bankruptcy & Creditor/ Debtor Rights, 2009


  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute, Class of 2004
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member