“To be truly effective, a litigator must be both an advocate and a counselor. As your advocate, I fight to win within the bounds of the law; as your legal counselor, I strive to maintain open, honest, and frank communication with you about the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Knowing when to wear each of these hats allows me to form strong bonds with my clients while serving their needs.”

Jeffrey Hord


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Jeffrey Hord is an Associate in the firm’s Employment Law and Litigation practice groups. He is an experienced, aggressive litigator who is admitted to practice in all the state and federal courts throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. A true trial lawyer, Jeff has successfully represented both individual and corporate clients in complex litigation, as well as in administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, and various local human rights commissions.

Prior to joining Paley Rothman, Jeff was a senior associate at several well-known litigation firms in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., where his practice centered on employment law, commercial litigation, and estate litigation. He also served as a professorial lecturer and mock trial coach at the American University Washington College of Law, instructing some of the nation’s top law students on all aspects of trial practice.

Jeff brings a zealous, competitive approach to each case that is reflected in his preparation and attention to detail. He prides himself on his communication skills and his accessibility to clients. He consistently dedicates the time that is necessary to develop a comprehensive understanding of each client’s unique circumstances, and works tirelessly to ensure that their assets and best interests are protected.

Jeff’s performance as a litigator has garnered significant recognition within the legal community. He has already earned an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, one of the nation's oldest and most trusted lawyer rating services, and was selected by his peers as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in 2013 and again in 2017. He has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers each year since 2014, a distinction earned by just 2.5% of attorneys. He has also been asked to instruct other attorneys on various business litigation topics at popular continuing legal education seminars.

A native of the D.C. area, Jeff received his Bachelor’s Degree from the College of William & Mary in 2003 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2007. In the summer of 2005, he studied international law at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. His interests include playing golf, cheering on the Redskins and Orioles, and spending time with his beloved Australian Shepherd.

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Bar Admissions
  • Maryland

  • Virginia

  • District of Columbia

  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

  • J.D., University of Richmond School of Law, 2007

  • B.A., The College of William & Mary, 2003

Accolades & Awards
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

  • Maryland Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2018)

  • Virginia Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2014-2015)

  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" (2015-2016, 2018)

  • Legal Elite, Virginia Business (2013, 2017)

  • Top Attorneys – Rising Stars, Richmond Magazine (2014)

  • Client Champion Platinum Award, (2017)

  • Client Distinction Award, (2013, 2016)

  • Clients’ Choice Award, (2014)

  • Best Law Firms – U.S. News & Best Lawyers
         - Tier 2 National Ranking for Litigation - Labor & Employment
         - Tier 3 National Ranking for Employment Law - Management
         - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Litigation - Labor & Employment
         - Tier 2 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Employment Law - Management

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Civic & Community Involvement
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County
         - Leadership Development Academy
         - Bar Foundation Endowment Committee 

  • Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section

  • Federal Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Employment & Civil Rights Section

Speeches & Presentations