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Debra Weiss Ford

Office Managing Principal and Office Litigation Manager

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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.

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)
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USA Chambers 2018 - Debra Weiss Ford

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms
Best Lawyers Award Badge

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

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)

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May 3, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2018

May 3, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 3, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 72 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 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... Read More

April 17, 2018
Business NH Magazine

Debra Weiss Ford Discusses Implications of Non-Disclosure Agreements in Harassment Settlements

April 17, 2018

Debra Weiss Ford discusses implications of employers issuing non-disclosure agreements as a common practice in harassment settlements in "Reconsidering Non-Disclosure Agreements," published by Business NH Magazine. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 27, 2018
HR Power Hour with David Ciullo

Debra Weiss Ford Discusses the #MeToo Movement and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

January 27, 2018

Debra Weiss Ford discusses how workers and employers can understand the misconceptions sexual harassment in the workplace during the #MeToo movement in "#Me Too: Sexual Harassment Goes Viral," on HR Power Hour with David Ciullo. Subscription may be required to listen to audio Read More

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February 21, 2018

Maine Recreational Marijuana Law Limits Drug Testing, Disciplinary Consequences Imposed by Employers

February 21, 2018

A provision of Maine’s recreational marijuana law prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions for off-premises marijuana use, as of February 1, 2018. This law effectively prevents Maine employers from testing for marijuana for pre-employment purposes. The law also affects employers who employ employees subject to federal... Read More