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)
•Workplace Privacy, New Hampshire Chapter (Thompson Publishing Group)
In the News
August 15, 2016
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2017
August 15, 2016
WHITE PLAINS, NY August, 15, 2016 - Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce that more than 145 attorneys throughout the firm's 57 locations have been named to the Best Lawyers in America 2017. In addition, 13 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the...
June 16, 2016
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 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...
Portsmouth Annual Half Day Symposium
November 2, 2016 - 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
100 Deer Street at 22 Portwalk Place - Portsmouth, NH
Credits: CLE - 2.25*, HRCI - 2.25, SHRM - 2.25
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...
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