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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Ms. Ford is a partner in the Vorys Columbus and Houston offices and practices primarily in the field of labor and employment law, with an additional practice in privacy issues. She is also chair of the firm's Women’s Initiative.  Ms. Ford'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. Ms. Ford helps employers coordinate their disability, ADA, FMLA and workers’ compensation matters and counsels employers regarding disability management.  She also counsels companies regarding employment-related aspects of new technologies, social networking sites, and other emerging media. In addition to representing numerous retailers, Ms. Ford also works closely with a variety of manufacturers, educational institutions, health care providers, and other employers. 

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Ms. Ford is a frequent speaker on the 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, 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.

Ms. Ford’s recent publications include an article in Texas Lawyer about a recent NLRB finding on confidentiality clauses that she says relies on speculation and ignores existing concerns about employee privacy.  She also authored an article in Privacy Law360 about the privacy implications of the taping and publicizing of Donald Sterling’s private comments.  Ms. Ford also authored an op-ed in the Houston Business Journal about a new Texas law in that attempts to balance employers’ liability concerns with society’s interest in getting criminals into legitimate employment. In addition, Ms. Ford 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.  Ms. Ford has been featured on News 92FM on several occasions, most recently discussing a NLRB regional director’s decision that some Northwestern University football players are employees and entitled to unionize.  She also spoke about March Madness basketball pools in the workplace on Fox28’s Good Day Columbus.

Ms. Ford 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.

Ms. Ford 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 was a member and notes editor for the Case Western Reserve University Law Review. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College.

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