Frederick W. Ford, Esq.
Florida Certified Circuit & County Court Mediator
Sometimes it is necessary to fight a legal issue to the bitter end, but a lengthy and contentious trial can cost more than just time and money. The process is mentally and emotionally draining, and the parties give up a great deal of discretion to the judge with no guarantee of success before a jury. There is a better solution.
Mediation, also known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), is a process by which the opposing parties in a dispute seek to reach an amicable resolution of their disputed issues outside the courtroom.
The Law Offices of Frederick W. Ford can provide:
Cost-effective Mediation with an experienced litigator.
More than 30 years of trial work provides the perspective to help parties mediate their disputes .
Frederick W. "Rick" Ford brings a 32-year history of trials, mediations and arbitrations in all South Florida forums to the mediation table. With his experience, he can suggest possible outcomes that parties may not have previously considered and assist each party to evaluate the case at hand. He is a neutral third party who facilitates the settlement process without making judgments.
Rick Ford is a solo practitioner in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, practicing almost exclusively plaintiff's employment discrimination law. A 1976 graduate of Howard University Law School in Washington, DC, Rick has been an active trial attorney in both state and federal courts for 32 years. He is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court and County Court Mediator.
From 1984 to 1987, he served as Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel, Headquarters, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C., and was the original drafter of the EEOC's revision of the Equal Pay Act Interpretive Regulations, now codified at 29 C.F.R. 1620. He has testified before several state legislative committees and the United States Senate and served as legal consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee investigating the unauthorized transfer of presidential debate papers during the 1980 Presidential election campaign with his legal analysis published in the final Committee Report. He was the Legislative Vice-President of the Florida Chapter of National Employment Lawyers Association from 2004-2006. He has tried over 200 cases in court in both jury and nonjury trials, obtaining notable results in jury verdict awards and settlements, including a two million dollar class action settlement against a Florida municipality in a race discrimination case.
Since coming to Florida in 1989, the majority of his practice has been representing public employees against governmental employers, including police departments, state, county and municipal governments. He recently set a major precedent applying the Florida Sunshine Law to public employees' pretermination conferences. He is presently a candidate for State Representative for District 83 in the November 2008 General Election.
Our Mediation Expertise:
At the Law Offices of Frederick Ford, we are committed to working towards amicable solutions to difficult and emotionally charged legal matters, including:
- Labor & Employment disputes (wrongful discharge, discrimination, racial and sexual harassment, wage disputes, etc.)
- General Civil & Commercial Litigation
- Personal Injury
- Governmental matters
- Constitutional Law
Schedule a Mediator:
Rick is associated with ARC Mediation. To schedule a mediation date, click here for Rick's schedule:
or call (561) 907-8791