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.

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
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 Ford is a trial lawyer who represents clients in the following areas: condominium/HOA law, employment law, civil rights and estate planning.  A passionate litigator, Yaida enjoys trying cases to the verdict to vindicate her clients’ interests but she has also resolved cases without the need for a trial.

In her condo/HOA practice, Yaida has served as an advocate for both associations and homeowners in complex litigation.  Yaida has successfully defended condominium associations in litigation against some of the world’s largest financial institutions.  To date, she has achieved only favorable outcomes for her condominium clients who find themselves in litigation with “big banks.”    Yaida has also resolved and mediated years-long disputes between homeowners and associations without the need for a trial. Her impressive debt collection practice has strengthened the operating budgets of several community associations that were on the verge of financial collapse.  

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.  

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.

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.  

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. She actively assists condominium boards with training and education.

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 low-income 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.

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.