Before his retirement at the end of 2010, Ian Crawford was a Founding Partner and a former Managing Partner of Todd & Weld. Mr. Crawford's practice was focused on all aspects of complex commercial litigation where he represented both plaintiffs and defendants.
Mr. Crawford tried cases throughout the United States in federal courts, state courts, and arbitration proceedings. Representative cases ranged from the ownership and identity of human tissue to accounting malpractice defense to rights of minority shareholders in close corporations. Mr. Crawford was the primary contact in the firm for disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, and patents including: inventorship issues, royalty disputes and Lanham Act claims.
Mr. Crawford's trial experience ranged from a three month bench trial involving recombinant erythropoietin to a two week trial over the ownership of commercial property in Cambridge (where the jury returned the fourth largest verdict in Massachusetts in 1996) to jury trials over the oppression of minority shareholders (where he received the fifth highest jury award in 2005.) Mr. Crawford also appeared in numerous courts to protect the rights of employers and employees in non-competition and other employment-related matters.
Mr. Crawford received his A.B. from Brown University in 1971 and a M.A., with honors, from the University of Colorado in 1979. Between his undergraduate years and law school, Mr. Crawford taught high school and college courses in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. In 1981, he returned to the East Coast and graduated in 1984 from Suffolk University Law School, cum laude, While at Suffolk University Law School, Mr. Crawford was the Lead Article Editor of the Law Review. Prior to helping found Todd & Weld, he was an associate and partner at Hale and Dorr in Boston.
Mr. Crawford is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations where he was Chairman of the Massachusetts Practice Committee (1997-98), Chairman of the Children's Outreach Program (1999-2001) and a member of the Litigation Steering Committee (1996-98). He also served on the Massachusetts Bar Association's Safeguarding Client's Interests Task Force in 2006.