Debra Weiss Ford

Debra Weiss Ford: Attorney with Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Office Managing Principal and Office Litigation Manager at Jackson Lewis P.C. (861 Attorneys)
  • 100 International Drive, Suite 363, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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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 more than 35 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.

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

•1st Tee, Board of Directors (2005-2006); Honorary Board Member (2005-2008)
•End 68 Hours of Hunger, Board Member
•NHSPCA, Board of Directors (2004-2011)
•Portsmouth Music Hall, Board Member
•Rockingham Community Action, Board of Directors (2009-2011)
•Seacoast Human Resources Association, Board Member

Published Works

Workplace Privacy, New Hampshire Chapter (Thompson Publishing Group)

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)
•American 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)

In the News

August 15, 2017

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Best Lawyers in America Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are...

May 31, 2017

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Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 31, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2017 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation: Employee health and retirement plans,...

May 26, 2017

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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys in 2017 Edition

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 26, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 68 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S.The firm...

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

Areas of Practice (6)

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

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(603) 559-2700  Phone
603-559-2700  Fax
University Attended:
Drew University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1979
Law School Attended:
Temple University School of Law, J.D., Dean's List, 1982
Year of First admission:
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

Professional Associations and Activities

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

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