Yaida O. Ford

Principal and Managing Partner

YAIDA O. FORD is the Principal of Ford Law Pros, P.C.  She  has been named a Washington D.C. “Super Lawyer” from 2016-2021.  Admitted in nine different courts, Yaida is a trial lawyer who represents clients in civil rights cases, employment law matters and real estate disputes in both federal and state courts.  Her most recent victory came down on June 24, 2021 in Hood-Wilson vs. Community College of Baltimore (1:20-cv-00124-RDB), where she appealed the dismissal of an employee’s claim of gender and race discrimination against the college.  The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Ms. Ford that the trial judge erroneously dismissed Mrs. Hood-Wilson’s claims and reinstated her lawsuit (Appeal No. 20-1950).  

 

“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:

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 represents clients who’ve had their constitutional rights violated by the police.  To date, she has won jury verdicts  and 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 citizen who wish to sue DC’s 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 petition to lawmakers to change this law and continues to seek support for its passagehttp://chng.it/8QK2mRbT

Her most recent music video #BOSSKING 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

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 in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Yaida actively lobbies for the interests of community associations in the District of Columbia. She currently sits on the D.C. Legislative Action Committee for the Community Associations Institute.  As a delegate, she has testified before the D.C. Council on various bills and helped draft DC’s first “HOA Act” that establishes the rights and responsibilities of Homeowner’s Associations. The bill is currently under review with the LAC will hopefully be submitted to the D.C. Council for passage in 2022.

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 is currently 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 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 free time, Yaida writes music and occasionally records and performs.