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 has served as an advocate for both associations and homeowners in complex litigation.  She has successfully defended condominiums in litigation against large financial institutions and homeowners. Likewise, she has successfully defended homeowners and often resolved years-long disputes without the need for a trial. Yaida’s community associations work includes commercial litigation, debt collection, landlord and tenant, private nuisance, and governance issues.  Her impressive debt collection practice has strengthened the operating budgets of several community associations that were on the verge of financial collapse.  

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.

Yaida also litigates employment disputes between employers and employees that involve claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment and wage fraud.

In her estate planning practice, Yaida assists married couples and individuals with estate planning tailored to suit their unique needs. 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.

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 currently serves on the D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct committee and is a member of the Washington Bar Association where she formerly served as the chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division and co-founded the WBA’s mentorship program for law students taking 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.  She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association (of D.C.) and the National Bar Association.  She actively practices in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Washington State.  

In her spare time, Yaida assists the Ward 8 Pastor’s Council with community engagement and serves as a Board Member for Know the Truth International, Inc., a relief organization that provides aid and volunteers to cities in the U.S. and countries around the world.  Yaida also travels internationally to support American volunteers who work with refugees and orphans in some of the most devastated parts of the world.