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.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1990||01/29/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Who's Who in Executives and Professionals||National Register||2005|
|Attorney and Mediator||Law Offices of Frederick W. Ford||1989 - Present|
|Attorney||JOHN B. LOW, P.A., P.C.||1987 - 1989|
|Senior Trial Attorney||EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION||1984 - 1987|
|Attorney||LOWE, MARK, MOFFITT, FORD, & BARTON||1976 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Floridians for Health Care||President||2006 - Present|
|Florida Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association (Fla. NELA)||Executive Board member & Legislative Vice-President, 2004-2006.||1997 - Present|
|American Civil Liberties Union||No. Va. Executive Committee (1979) & VA State Board (1982).||1969 - Present|
|Palm Beach County Democratic Executive Committee||Parliamentarian and Rules Committee Co-Chair||2003 - 2008|
|Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Board of Directors, Chair, Legislative Committee||1981 - 1983|
|Howard University School of Law||N/A||J.D., cum laude||1976|
|Oklahoma Baptist University||History & Government||B.A., cum laude||1967|