W. Ford Graham, one of the state’s leading business recruiters, has joined K&L Gates law firm’s Charleston office as a lawyer in the corporate and economic incentives/development practices.
A member of the S.C. Commerce Department’s staff since 2008, Graham managed the agency’s international recruiting efforts and led global investment strategy for the state. His duties at Commerce also involved directing the state’s four international offices in Delhi, Munich, Shanghai, and Tokyo.
During his career at Commerce, Graham facilitated new industry and industrial expansion in more than 72 projects, resulting in commitments of more than 7,300 new jobs and $2.5 billion in new investment, according to a press release.
Graham received his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law and International Master of Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He has also worked as an expat for several years in both Europe and Latin America.
“We are thrilled to have Ford join the K&L Gates team in Charleston,” said Walker Coleman, administrative partner of K&L Gates’ Charleston office. “Ford’s extensive knowledge of global commerce, coupled with his vast experience with foreign direct investment, will add tremendous depth to our economic development practice and expand our client service offerings in South Carolina and throughout the globe.”
Pittsburgh, Pa.-based K&L Gates, which has about 2,000 lawyers and offices on five continents, represents multinational corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.