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At the Law Offices of Frederick W. Ford, our firm provides comprehensive and personalized employment law representation to employees and small businesses in southern Florida. Throughout the course of our practice, we strive to ensure that clients understand their rights as employees. If your rights have been violated, we help you take action. We aggressively advocate for our clients and are not afraid to take cases to court if that is the best way to protect their rights and interests.


Frederick W. "Rick" Ford is a solo practitioner and mediator in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, practicing almost exclusively plaintiff's employment discrimination law. A 1976 graduate of Howard University Law School in Washington, DC, Rick has been an active trial attorney in both state and federal courts for 32 years. He is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court and County Court Mediator.

From 1984 to 1987, he served as Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel, Headquarters, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C., and was the original drafter of the EEOC's revision of the Equal Pay Act Interpretive Regulations, now codified at 29 C.F.R. 1620. He has testified before several state legislative committees and the United States Senate and served as legal consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee investigating the unauthorized transfer of presidential debate papers during the 1980 Presidential election campaign with his legal analysis published in the final Committee Report. He was the Legislative Vice-President of the Florida Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association from 2004-2006. He has tried over 200 cases in court in both jury and nonjury trials, obtaining notable results in jury verdict awards and settlements, including a two million dollar class action settlement against a Florida municipality in a race discrimination case.

Since coming to Florida in 1989, the majority of his practice has been representing public employees against governmental employers, including police departments, state, county and municipal governments. He recently set a major precedent applying the Florida Sunshine Law to public employees' pretermination conferences.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 90%
    33 years, 300 cases
  2. General Practice: 10%
    33 years, 30 cases



Hourly ($300-350/hour), contingent (30-40%)

Payment types:

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Contact info

Law Offices of Frederick W. Ford

800 Village Square Crossing
Suite 323
Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 33410-2929


FLMember in Good Standing199001/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who in Executives and ProfessionalsNational Register2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and MediatorLaw Offices of Frederick W. Ford1989 - Present
AttorneyJOHN B. LOW, P.A., P.C.1987 - 1989
AttorneyLOWE, MARK, MOFFITT, FORD, & BARTON1976 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Floridians for Health CarePresident2006 - Present
Palm Beach County Democratic Executive CommitteeParliamentarian and Rules Committee Co-Chair2003 - 2008
Florida Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association (Fla. NELA)Executive Board member & Legislative Vice-President, 2004-2006.1997 - Present
Virginia College of Criminal Defense AttorneysBoard of Directors, Chair, Legislative Committee1981 - 1983
American Civil Liberties UnionNo. Va. Executive Committee (1979) & VA State Board (1982).1969 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Howard University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1976
Oklahoma Baptist UniversityHistory & GovernmentB.A., cum laude1967