Professional Biography
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Nathaniel (Nate) Ford Partner

Firmwide Chair, Private Equity Practice

  • Denver

    D +1.303.291.2336

    F +1.303.291.2436


    1900 Sixteenth Street, Suite 1400

    Denver, CO 80202-5255




Nate Ford focuses his practice on advising private equity sponsors, senior management, and public and private companies in connection with domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, growth equity financings and other complex corporate transactions, including a high volume of leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations in healthcare, software/technology, retail/consumer, and a broad range of other industries. In addition, Nate frequently provides representation to the portfolio companies of his private equity fund clients and represents them in connection with strategic add-on acquisitions and operational execution.

Ranked by Chambers & Best Lawyers

Named “Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, 2020
Ranked by Chambers USA 15 Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in 5280 as one of Denver's Top Lawyers, 2015 – 2019, 2021 - 2022
  • Named The Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, 2016, 2018, 2020
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America: Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Venture Capital Law, 2013 – 2023
  • Named a "Colorado Super Lawyer," by Super Lawyers, 2012 – 2017
  • Named a "Colorado Rising Star," by Super Lawyers, 2009 – 2011
  • Ranked in Chambers USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Corporate/M&A, 2008 – 2022
  • "Forty Under 40," Denver Business Journal, 2004

Community Involvement

  • Marlon Foundation, Executive Officer and Board Member
  • ACE Scholarships, Board of Trustees

Related Employment

  • Faegre & Benson LLP, Denver, CO, Partner




Bar and Court Admissions

  • Colorado


  • University of Colorado Law School, J.D., Associate Editor, University of Colorado Law Review
  • Princeton University, A.B., cum laude