Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis is dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law. With more than 800 attorneys practicing in major 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. Ms. Ford and the entire roster of Portsmouth Shareholders — including Thomas M. Closson, Daniel P. Schwarz and Martha Van Oot — were recognized in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Additionally, Ms. Ford was selected as 2015 “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law - Management 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. For more information on Jackson Lewis’ Portsmouth office,
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