Yaida O. Ford

Principal and Managing Partner

YAIDA O. FORD is the Principal of Ford Law Pros, P.C.  Yaida’s work has been recognized by judges and peers, alike. She was named a Washington D.C. “Super Lawyer” in 2016 and 2017.  Yaida represents condominiums, HOAs, and homeowners in a wide array of issues from collections to governance. She also litigates employment matters in both the federal and private sectors and advises clients on estate planning.

“My favorite part about trial work is connecting with my jury. The moment that I see the light bulbs turn on in their eyes, I know that I have just made my client’s story real to them.”
Admissions:
  • DC Court of Appeals
  • MD Court of Appeals
  • Washington Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association – Litigation Section
  • Community Associations Institute- Member
  • D.C. Bar – Estates and Probate Section
  • D.C. Bar – Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee
  • D.C. Legislative Action Committee for Community Associations Institute
  • Prince George’s County Bar Association- Member
  • National Bar Association – Small firms and Solo Practitioners Section
  • Washington State Bar Association- Member
  • Washington Bar Association- Member
Background:

Yaida O. Ford practices law in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Washington State. Her practice focuses on condominium/HOA law, employment law, civil rights and estate planning.  Yaida enjoys trying cases to verdict and has several victories under her belt.  In 2016 and 2017 she was recognized by Washington, D.C. “Super Lawyers” for her work.

In her condo/HOA practice, Yaida has served as an advocate for both associations and unit owners in complex litigation.  Yaida is undefeated in commercial litigation involving condominium associations.  She has also resolved years-long disputes between unit owners and associations without the need for a trial.  Yaida’s impressive debt collection practice has strengthened the operating budgets of several community associations located in economically disenfranchised neighborhoods.  Yaida’s clients often refer to her as “the pit bull.”

Yaida and her legal team have represented employers and employees in disputes over wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment and wage fraud.  Yaida has represented clients in both the federal and private sectors and has litigated before the EEOC, federal courts and the US Courts of Appeal in employment matters.  Yaida has obtained successful jury verdicts but has also settled cases without the need for trial while protecting the rights of both employers and employees who decide to end their relationship.

In her estate planning practice, Yaida assists married couples and individuals with estate planning tailored to suit their unique needs. Yaida’s clients range from high net worth individuals to single, unmarried parents who want to make sure their needs are met and the interests of their family members are protected.  From basic documents such as a power of attorney or advance directive to more complex documents such as special needs trusts, Yaida can help you meet your goals.

Yaida is actively involved in lobbying for the interests of community associations. She currently sits on the D.C. Legislative Action Committee for the Community Associations Institute.  As a member, she has testified before the D.C. Council and blogged on legislation including the Condominium Fee Fairness Act, the Condominium Amendment Act of 2014 and the Condominium Owner’s Bill of Rights Act of 2016.

Prior to beginning her career in private practice, Yaida was a law clerk for the Honorable Harold L. Cushenberry, Jr., Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (retired). Immediately after concluding her clerkship, Yaida became a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia where she served D.C. residents in the area of Public Benefits. She then worked as Legislative Counsel to Jim Graham, who served as the Councilmember for D.C.’s Ward 1 for several years.

Yaida is currently a member of the D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct committee which recommends rules that govern attorney behavior in the District of Columbia.  She is also a member of the Washington Bar Association, a D.C.-based bar association founded by Black Attorneys in the District of Columbia in 1925.  Yaida formerly served as the chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division and co-founded the WBA’s mentorship program for law students who are preparing to take the bar exam.  Yaida is the author of “The Tip Book: 18 Pearls of Wisdom for Judicial Law Clerks” and regularly speaks at law schools to show law students how obtaining a judicial clerkship after law school can leverage their legal careers.

Yaida graduated magna cum laude from Denison University with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish.  Yaida received her Juris Doctorate from the Howard University School of Law, in Washington D.C.  

In her spare time, Yaida writes music, assists the Ward 8 Pastor’s Council (in D.C.) with community engagement and travels abroad to support American volunteers who work with refugees and orphans in some of the most devastated parts of the world.