Debra Weiss Ford

Attorney in Portsmouth, NH
Debra Weiss Ford is Office Managing Shareholder and Litigation Manager of the Portsmouth, NH office. Ms. Ford has over 30 years of experience representing employers in litigation matters before the state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Ms. Ford also represents employers before the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Massachusetts Department of Employment Training.

Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

• Named Best Labor and Employment attorney in New Hampshire, Business New Hampshire Magazine

• Listed in Best Lawyers in America (Labor & Employment Law)

• Listed in Top New Hampshire Lawyers in Labor and Employment, New Hampshire Magazine

• Elected as a fellow to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

• Listed in New England Super Lawyers (Top 100 attorneys in New England)

• Listed in New England Super Lawyers (Top 50 Women in New England, Employment & Labor)

• Listed in Chambers USA as one of the top Lawyers in Labor and Employment

• Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating

• Voluntary Action, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1984)

• Ballet New England (Board of Directors, 1987-1988)

• Pro Portsmouth, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1988-Present)

• First Night/Portsmouth (Vice President, 1991-1992)

• NHSPCA (Board of Directors, 2004-Present)

• 1st Tee (Board of Directors, 2005-2006; Honorary Board Member, 2005-2008)

• Rockingham County Action (Board of Directors, 2009-Present)

• Selected for inclusion in 2010 New England Super Lawyers

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Areas of Law

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Disability
  • Leave and Health Management
  • Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management
  • Labor and Preventive Practices
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Management and Employee Training
  • Public Sector Representation
  • Reductions in Force
  • WARN Act
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
  • Wage and Hour


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Experience & Credentials


Office Managing Shareholder and Litigation Manager

Admission Details

Admitted in 1982, New Hampshire and U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
1984, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
1991, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
1992, U.S. Supreme Court
2000, Massachusetts
2002, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
2010, Maine

Law School Attended

Temple University School of Law
Class of 1982
Dean's List

University Attended

Drew University
Class of 1979
magna cum laude

Birth Information

Born in 1958

Associations & Memberships

bar & professional association membershipsAmerican Bar Association American Board of Trial Advocates American Trial Lawyers Association Massachusetts Bar Associ... More

Bar Fellowship

to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers•Listed inNew England Super Lawyers (Top 100 attorneys in New England)•Listed inNew England Super Lawyers (Top 50 Women in New England, Employment & Labor)•Listed inChambers USA as one of the top Lawyers in Labor and Employment•Martindale-Hu... More

Contact Information


(603) 559-2700


(603) 559-2701


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Office Information
Debra Weiss Ford
Office Managing Shareholder and Litigation Manager
 100 International Drive, Suite 363,
Portsmouth, NH 03801


Jackson Lewis P.C. (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)

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