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Claire Bryant Ford was born and raised in New York. She received an A.B. in Political Science, graduating near the top of her class from Manhattanville College. She then obtained her J.D. from Fordham Law School at New York ‘s Lincoln Centre. While at Fordham, she held a fellowship in Appellate Advocacy, chaired the Law Forum and was also a member of the legal staff of New York Mayor John V. Lindsay. After graduation from law school, she joined a New York City personal injury defense firm. In 1969, she became the first female attorney directly commissioned into the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Claire first came to Florida as a Naval Lieutenant and was Assistant Judge Advocate to the Chief of Naval Air Basic Training at N.A.S. Pensacola. Thereafter she took time out from the practice of law to raise her family, moving first to Key West and then to Miami where she currently resides. As her four children grew older, Claire became active in the legal profession again. She spent several years involved in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation in Miami at Spence, Payne, Massington, Grossman & Needle, P.A. Later she established her own firm and has had an of counsel relationship with the Law Office of Roberto Villasante since 1993. Claire is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and is a member of both The New York Bar and The Florida Bar. She is also a member of The American Bar Association of Trial Lawyers of America, The Florida Bar Association and the Dade County Bar Association.