Debra Weiss Ford (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)
Debra Weiss Ford (Portsmouth, New Hampshire)

Debra Weiss Ford

Licensed for 34 years

Practice Area: Disability, Leave and Health Management, Wage and Hour, Workplace Training 3 more areas of practice + 3 more

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Debra Weiss Ford

Serving Portsmouth, NH view address

Office Managing Principal and Office Litigation Manager at firm Jackson Lewis P.C.

Serving Portsmouth, NH view address

Awards AV Preeminent

About Debra Weiss Ford

Debra Weiss Ford is Office Managing Principal and Litigation Manager of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She 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 Maine Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Ms. Ford trains frequently in New England on issues related to employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, reductions in force, termination issues, wage an...

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Debra Weiss Ford is Office Managing Principal and Litigation Manager of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She 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 Maine Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New Hampshire Department of Labor, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Ms. Ford trains frequently in New England on issues related to employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, reductions in force, termination issues, wage and hour issues, proper documentation, leaves of absence, and Title IX compliance. She regularly advises clients on employment-related matters.

Ms. Ford was a member of the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners from 1993 to 2005. She was appointed by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to serve on the Merit Selection Panel to consider the reappointment of the incumbent magistrate. In 2003, she was appointed to serve on the Federal Court Advisory Committee. She is an approved federal and state mediator.

Honors and Recognitions

•Best Lawyers' Manchester Employment Law, Management Lawyer of the Year
Business New Hampshire Magazine, Best Labor and Employment attorney in New Hampshire
•The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, fellow (2006)
•Lawyer Media, Top Rated Lawyer
New Hampshire Magazine, Top New Hampshire Lawyers in Labor and Employment
•The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society by the Litigation Counsel of America, fellow (2014)

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

•1st Tee, Board of Directors (2005-2006); Honorary Board Member (2005-2008
•Ballet New England, Board of Directors (1987-1988)
•First Night Portsmouth, Vice President (1991-1992)
•NHSPCA, Board of Directors (2004-Present)
•Portsmouth Music Hall, Board Member
•Pro Portsmouth, Inc., Board of Directors (1988-Present)
•Rockingham County Action, Board of Directors (2009-Present)
•Seacoast Human Resources Association, Board Member
•Voluntary Action, Inc., Board of Directors (1984)

Published Works

Workplace Privacy, New Hampshire Chapter (Thompson Publishing Group)

Publications

August 12, 2014

New Hampshire Limits Employer Access to Social Media Accounts of Employees and Applicants

August 12, 2014

Key points:Effective September 30Employers barred from demanding personal account information Effective September 30, 2014, employers in New Hampshire will be prohibited from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose their login information for accessing any “personal account” or service through...

In the News

June 16, 2016
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Earns Top-Tier Ranking in 2016 Legal 500

June 16, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 16, 2016) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, has been recommended as a Top-Tier Firm in the Labor and Employment - Labor-Management Relations category in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States. The firm was also recommended in the Immigration, Labor...

May 27, 2016
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys Ranked in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

May 27, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 27, 2016) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, has been recognized in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide which ranks leading law firms in the United States. In addition to the firm's national...

August 17, 2015
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm's attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective...

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Areas of Law

  • Disability, Leave and Health Management
  • Wage and Hour
  • Workplace Training
  • Automotive
  • Higher Education
  • Health Care

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  • 5.0/5.0 3 reviews
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 06/07/14 in Labor and Employment

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 06/06/14 in Labor Law

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  • 4.8/5.0 by a Partner on 05/21/14 in Employment Law

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Community Contributions

      Credentials

      Position
      Office Managing Principal and Office 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
      J.D.
      Dean's List
      University Attended
      Drew University
      Class of 1979
      B.A.
      magna cum laude
      Birth Information
      Born in 1958
      1958
      Associations & Memberships

      Professional Associations and Activities

      •American Arbitration Association
      •American Bar Association
      •American Board of Trial Advocates
      •American Trial Lawyers Association
      •Massachusetts State Bar Association
      •National Association of College and University Attorneys
      •New Hampshire State Bar Association
      •New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association

      Bar Fellowship
      to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in June 2006. She is named as New Hampshire's Best Labor and Employment Lawyer by Business NH Magazine. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc., and has been recognized by New England Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers in New England and one of the top 100 lawyers in New England. She is listed in Top NH Lawyers in Labor and Employment in New Hampshire Magazine and has consistently been named the Best Lawyers' Manchester Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year. She is also rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Ford was named one of the Leaders in their Field in the 2012 Chambers USA Legal Guide. Ms. Ford serves as a board member for the Portsmouth Music Hall, Family Service, Inc., and Seacoast Human Resources Association, and she is an emeritus board member of the New Hampshire SPCA.

      Ms. Ford was rated as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell

      Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

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

      •Listed inBest 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 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-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 in2010 New England Super Lawyers Member:

      bar & professional association memberships

      American Bar Association

      American Board of Trial Advocates

      American Trial Lawyers Association

      Massachusetts Bar Association

      New Hampshire Bar Association