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 currently assists investors and innovators who want to pursue condominium conversions within the District of Columbia to navigate their way through the conversion process and, where necessary, historic preservation review.
Yaida is most known for her work as a civil rights lawyer. She has won jury verdicts or large settlements for her clients in each police misconduct case that she has taken on. She is currently working on legislation to create a private cause of action for citizens who wish to sue DC’s local transit authority (WMATA) when one of its police officers violates their civil rights. Currently, WMATA has sovereign immunity against all suits involving their police officers and, therefore, cannot be sued. In 2019, Yaida started petitioning lawmakers to change this law and continues to seek support for its passage: http://chng.it/8QK2mRbT. She also created a music video #BOSSKING, which led to a $250,000.00 pre-suit settlement against a WMATA transit police officer who beat and arrested her client, Diamond Rust. The video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/Ie8vxuhUCQI. The law remains unchanged while Yaida continues to litigate against WMATA in ongoing police brutality cases.
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). After concluding her clerkship, Yaida became a Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. She then worked as Legislative Counsel to Jim Graham (D), who served as the Councilmember for D.C.’s Ward 1 for several years.
Yaida has served in several leadership positions in the DC bar. In 2021, she became the first Black Chair of the D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee which recommends rules that govern attorney behavior in the District of Columbia. She currently serves on the Board of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyer’s Association. Yaida formerly served as the chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division for the Washington Bar Association 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 free time, Yaida leads book clubs, writes music, and occasionally records and performs.