Professional Membership and Licenses:
Chairman, Securities Law Committee, Bar Association of the District of Columbia; Outstanding Chairman BADC 2003; Member, D.C. and Virginia Bar, U.S. Tax Court, United States District Courts for Eastern District of Virginia and District of Columbia, and Federal Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and District of Columbia. Panel Attorney, Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association (AOPA); and Member, National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA).
1999- Law Offices of Ford C. Ladd, Alexandria, VA and Washington, D.C. Corporate, Tax, Securities, Unfair Trade
Present Practices, Business Acquisitions, Sales and Mergers, Transportation Damage claims, and related Commercial Litigation. Aviation and Transportation Law, including tort, aircraft/asset transfers, financing, and regulatory/enforcement proceedings before state and federal courts, FAA, NTSB and DOT.
1991- U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Aviation & Admiralty Section, Washington, D.C. Trial Attorney
1998 Defended aviation-related claims brought against the United States and other countries under the Federal Tort Claims Act before federal courts, and conducted compulsory and voluntary proceedings under the Hague Convention before French Tribunals and other foreign forums.
1984- Law Offices of Ford C. Ladd, Alexandria, VA and Washington, D.C. Commercial litigation before federal
1991 and state courts, administrative hearings, and international transactions. Practice areas included transportation (regulatory and litigation), antitrust, commercial, securities, corporate, tax, and unfair business practices.
1983- Galland, Kharasch, Morse, & Garfinkle, P.C., Washington, D.C. Associate. Commercial litigation, aviation law
1984 domestic and international aircraft transactions, and tax.
1982- Law Clerk, Alexandria and Richmond, VA.
1983 Commercial litigation and transactions, corporate law, and tax.
1979- National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Patent Counsel, Langley, VA. Law Clerk
1981 Prepared appellate briefs, patent applications, and novelty search reports in mechanical and electrical art groups.
Reported Decisions include:
In re BearingPoint, Securities Litigation, Civil Action 1:05 CV 00618 (E.D. Va.)
Westerfeld v. Wachovia Securities et al., NASD-DR 03-02046 (2006);
Rubens v. American Express Financial Advisors, NASD-DR- 03-07266 (2005);
Weston v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. et al., NASD-DR 02-02017 (2003);
Park v. Prudential Securities, Inc. et al., NASD-DR 01-02160 (2003);
Pigford v. Veneman, 141 F.Supp.2d 60 (D.D.C. 2001);
Adkins v. Teseo, 180 F.Supp.2d 15 (D.D.C. 2001);
Lowry v. Commonwealth of Canada, 917 F. Supp. 290 (D. Vt. 1996);
Black Hills Aviation, Inc. v. United States
, 34 F.3d 968 (10th Cir. 1994); and
Schmidt v. United States, 994 F.2d 843 (8th Cir. 1993).
Lead Plaintiff and Discovery Motions in Securities Class Actions include:
Kling v. Amerigroup Corporation, et al., Civil Action 2:05-CV-601 (E.D. Va. 2005);
In re Cisco Systems Securities Litigation, Civil Action 1:05-MC-64 (E.D. Va. 2005);
In re BearingPoint, Inc., Securities Litigation II, Civil Action 1:05CV454 (E.D. Va. 2005);
In re Cable & Wireless, PLC, Securities Litigation, Civil Action 1:02CV1860 (E.D. Va. 2004);
In re Royal Ahold Securities Litigation, Civil Action 1:03CV216 (E.D. Va. 2003); and
In re AOL Time Warner, Inc. Shareholder Litigation
, MDL Docket No. 1500 (2002).
Papers Presented and Seminars include:
Securities Law Seminar with Senator Richard Shelby and Prof. John Coffee
; Response to Treasury Blueprint and Changes Needed in Securities Market Oversight (BADC Nov. 2008);
EAA Aviation Law Seminar (Stafford, VA 5/2008);
AOPA/AFS Safety and Legal Seminar, sponsored with Va. Dept of Aviation (Richmond, VA 10/2007);
FAA Wings Safety Seminar
(9/2007), sponsored by FAA, Duty of Care owed by CFIs and related civil liability.
FAA Wings Safety Seminar
(4/2006), sponsored by Civil Air Patrol with FAA, NTSB, and Cirrus Design.
Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
, Chairman of televised Panel Discussion with Congr. Michael G. Oxley, sponsored by Bar Association of District of Columbia and CSPAN (Nov 2002)
Emerging Issues Under the Federal Securities Laws in a Volatile Market
(Bar Association of District of Columbia and the D.C. Bar May 2001) Panel Discussion with SEC Commissioner Isaac Hunt.
Overview of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act
(Virginia CLE June 2000)
Impact of Uniform Prudent Investor Act
(Bar Association of District of Columbia, Jan 2000).
J.D., 1983, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (corporate, commercial, securities, tax, and civil litigation)
M.B.A., 1980, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (Business Review – investment theory and accounting)
B.S.M.E., 1975, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (turbo-machinery, thermodynamics and automatic control theory)
1978- Small Business Administration, Consultant, Williamsburg, VA.
1975 Union Oil Company of California, Industrial Sales Engineer. Developed new products, provided technical support, and negotiated national and regional contracts.
Mission Pilot and Legal Officer, Civil Air Patrol
Lecturer at FAA Wings, AOPA, Va. Dept. of Aviation, and EAA Safety and Business Seminars
|VA||Authorized to Practice Law||1983||02/13/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|National Commander's Commendation||Civil Air Patrol, USAF Aux||2008|
|Outstanding Chairman||Bar Association of the District of Columbia||2003|
|Business Review||College of William & Mary||1979|
|Trial Attorney||U.S. Department of Justice||1991 - 1998|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Ford C. Ladd||1984 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Civil Air Patrol||Legal Officer and Mission Pilot||N/A|
|Bar Association of the District of Columbia||Member||N/A|
|Virginia State Bar||Member||N/A|
|Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association||Member||N/A|
|National Business Aircraft Association||Member||N/A|
|U. S. Tax Court||Member||N/A|
|Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Securities Law Committee||Co-chair||2008 - 2009|
|Bar Association of the District of Columbia||Committee Chairman||2002 - 2003|
|Virginia Bar Association||Overview of the Uniform Prudent Investment Act||2000|
|Bar Association of the District of Columbia||Fiduciary Duties under the DC Uniform Prudent Investor Act||1999|
|University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|College of William and Mary||Masters in Business Administration||1980|
|Purdue University||BA - Bachelor of Science||1975|
|Response to Treasury Blueprint and Changes Needed in Securities Market Oversight||Securities Market Oversight||2008|
|EAA Aviation Law Seminar||Aviation Law||2008|
|Changes Needed to Improve Securities Market Oversight with Senator Richard Shelby and Prof. John Coffee||Securities Regulation||2008|
|AOPA/AFS Safety and Legal Seminar||Aviation Safety||2007|
|FAA Wings Safety Seminar||Duty of Care owed by CFIs and related civil liability||2007|
|FAA Wings Safety Seminar||Flight Safety||2006|
|Emerging Issues Under the Federal Securities Laws in a Volatile Market||Federal Securities Laws||2001|
|Virginia CLE||Overview of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act||2000|
|Lowry v Commonwealth of Canada||Summary Judgment granted to Defendant|
|Rubens v American Express Financial Advisors||Award for Plaintiff for full damages, fees, and co|