Ian Crawford


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.

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  • Background
    • Todd & Weld, Partner, 1992 to 2010
    • Hale and Dorr LLP, Boston, Massachusetts, 1984-1991
    • Regis Jesuit High School and Regis College, Denver, Colorado, Instructor, 1971-1981
    • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, Instructor, 1979-1981
  • Publications / Lectures
    • "Balancing Management and Client Service in a Growing Law Firm" in Managing a Law Firm, Aspatore Books 2008
    • Suffolk Law School, Civility in Litigation Seminar May 2006
    • Massachusetts Bar Association Seminar, Business and Marketing 101 for the Associate Seeking to Make Partner April 2003
    • Massachusetts Bar Association Seminar, Business and Marketing for the Associate to Make Partner May 2002
    • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”):, 
      Annual Intellectual Property Conference Presentation on “Inventorship in Biotech Cases” June 2001
      Business Litigation Seminar, September 2001
      Effective Litigation Budgeting, “How to Prepare a Litigation Budget,” September 1997
    • Accountant's Liability-PLI, “Priority Update” July 1994
    • Contemporary Insurance Issues Seminar, General Electric Seminar June 1992
    • “FBI v. Abramson and the FOIA: Exemption Seven Shields Political Records” 17 Suffolk University Law Review 748 1983
    • “Constitutional and Statutory Restrictions on the Polygraph in Employment” University of Colorado Press 1979
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation in 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 editions of New England Super Lawyers magazine in Boston Magazine
    • Suffolk Law School Distinguished Alumni Award for contributions to legal policy and practice in civil litigation, 2006
    • Named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in Business Litigation in 2006, 2005 and 2004 editions of Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine in Boston Magazine
    • Recognized as a “Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyer"
    • Boston Bar Association Citation for Outstanding Service to Children, 2001
    • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children-Child Advocacy Award, 2000
    • The Herbert & Sara Ehrmann Award by the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, 1985
  • Civic & Charitable Involvement
    • Charter Fellow, Boston Bar Foundation
    • Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Boston Juvenile Court
    • Volunteer and Fundraiser, Friends of Boston's Homeless
    • Runner, Dana Farber Marathon Challenge
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