The Law Offices of Roderick O. Ford PLLC            A Church and Non-Profit Legal Assistance Organization

Martindale-Hubbell 20 Years Service Award

Roderick O. Ford, Esq.


Roderick Ford focuses largely on employment and labor law, workers' compensation, and civil service appeals and trial advocacy. 

His primary focus is being a "plaintiff's lawyer" for aggrieved workers, particularly advocating for the social advancement of communities of color through the Church.


ACADEMIC DEGREES


Mr. Ford holds the following academic degrees:

B.A. (Political Science), Morgan State University, '91

J.D. (Doctor of Law), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, '94

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CHURCH LEADERSHIP


Mr. Ford holds the D.Litt. degree in Christian Theology (Law & Religion) from St. Clements University- Turks & Caicos (TC) Islands., '16.   

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MILITARY SERVICE


​Mr. Ford is a former military lawyer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (1995 - 2000).

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COURT & BAR MEMBERSHIP


He is a member of:

The Florida Bar

United States Supreme Court

Supreme Court of Florida

U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court- Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court- Middle District of Florida

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EMPLOYMENT & LABOR LAW ATTORNEY


Mr. Ford is first and foremost a plaintiff's attorney. He has successfully litigated over 100 federal court cases and over 300 worker's compensation cases throughout the State of Florida. He has also represented Labor Unions, Churches, Non-Profit Organizations and small businesses.

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PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS


He holds licenses and certifications in labor relations and employee relations, including:


Michigan State University, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations

* Certified Workers' Compensation Professional, '05

* Certified Human Resources Specialist, '07

* Certified Labor Relations Professional, '08


Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

* Negotiating Labor Agreements, '06


Cornell University, School of Industrial & Labor Relations

*  Master Certificate in Human Resources, '13

*  Executive Certificate in Human Resources Leadership, '15


Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI)

*  Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), ' 16

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STRATEGIC PARTNERS


* Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C. (Stuart, Florida)


* Butler & Boyd, P.A. (Tampa, Florida)


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AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION

*  Former Labor Union General Counsel

* Civil Service & Arbitration Trial Counsel

* Local 1464 (Tampa, Florida)


FLORIDA RURAL LEGAL SERVICES UNION

​*  Former Labor Union General Counsel

​*  Civil Service & Arbitration Trial Counsel

* Local 1 (Lakeland & Immokalee, Florida)