Debra Weiss Ford is a Shareholder and Litigation Manager in 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
•Management Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers' Manchester Employment Law
•Business New Hampshire Magazine, Best Labor and Employment attorney in New Hampshire
•Selected as fellow in The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society by the Litigation Counsel of America (2014)
•Elected as a fellow to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (2006)
•Lawyer Media, Top Rated Lawyer
•New Hampshire Magazine, Top New Hampshire Lawyers in Labor and Employment Debra Weiss
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•Portsmouth Music Hall, Board Member
•Seacoast Human Resources Association, Board Member
•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)
•Workplace Privacy, New Hampshire Chapter (Thompson Publishing Group)
August 12, 2014
New Hampshire Limits Employer Access to Social Media Accounts of Employees and Applicants
August 12, 2014
Key points: Effective September 30 Employers 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 an...
In the News
May 19, 2015 Chambers & Partners
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Ranked in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
May 19, 2015
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 19, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 62 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking...
August 7, 2012 Jackson Lewis
Van Oot Joins Jackson Lewis in Portsmouth
August 7, 2012
PORTSMOUTH, NH (August 7, 2012) - Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the country's largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Martha (“Marty”) Van Oot has joined the firm's Portsmouth office as Partner. Ms. Van Oot brings to Jackson Lewis over 30 years of experience as a trial attorney,...
Portsmouth Annual Half Day Symposium
October 15, 2015
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Portsmouth Harbor and Events Conference Center
100 Deer Street at 22 Portwalk Place
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Debra Weiss Ford and our Portsmouth attorneys will present this legal update on the most pressing labor and employmen...