Jackie Ford

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Offices Columbus, Houston
Phone 614.464.8230
Fax 614.719.4719
Phone 713.588.7014
Fax 713.588.7088
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Jackie is a partner in the Vorys Houston and Columbus offices and practices primarily in the field of labor and employment law, with an additional practice in privacy issues.  She is the founder and former chair of the firm's Women’s Initiative.  Jackie's practice includes all aspects of employment law, including employment contracts, policy development and training, and defending administrative charges and litigation.  She has conducted internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies, large universities, and employers of all sizes, and provides counsel regarding crisis management and related communication issues.  Jackie helps employers coordinate their disability, ADA, FMLA and workers’ compensation matters and other aspects of disability management.  She also counsels companies regarding employment-related aspects of online platforms, social networking sites, and other emerging media.

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Jackie is a frequent speaker on a full range of employment law topics and conducts dozens of client presentations each year on topics concerning social media, sexual harassment, workplace privacy, accommodating disabilities, LGBT issues in the workplace, and other employment law challenges.  She has developed “Employment Law 101” training for both supervisory and non-supervisory personnel, and adapts her training programs to fit the specific needs of individual clients.

Jackie writes frequently on social and legal issues important to employers. Her recent publications include an article in the National Law Journal about lessons employers can learn from the Hillary Clinton email controversy and an article for Law360 on who “owns” a company’s social media presence.  Jackie’s other recent publications include an article in Texas Lawyer about a recent NLRB finding on confidentiality clauses and its implications for employee privacy.  She also authored an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle and an article in Employment Law360 about legislation prohibiting employers from asking employees and job seekers for passwords to their social media accounts. She was also interviewed by Houston public radio concerning strategies for preventing workplace violence.

Jackie is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association.

Jackie received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law magna cum laude where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and notes editor for the Case Western Reserve University Law Review. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College.

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