Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis P.C. is dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law. With more than 770 attorneys practicing in 55 locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, the firm’s range of specialized areas of practice provides the resources to address every aspect of the employer/employee relationship. The Portsmouth office, opened in 2008, is led by Managing Shareholder Debra Weiss Ford. This year, Ms. Ford and the entire roster of Portsmouth Shareholders — including Thomas M. Closson, Daniel P. Schwarz and Martha Van Oot — were recognized in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, Ms. Ford and Mr. Closson were selected as 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor Law, Management and Litigation — Labor and Employment, respectively, in the Portsmouth area. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.