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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).


Legal Employment:

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)

Business Experience:

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.

Other Activities:

Mission Pilot and Legal Officer, Civil Air Patrol

Lecturer at FAA Wings, AOPA, Va. Dept. of Aviation, and EAA Safety and Business Seminars


Languages spoken: French

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
    33 years
  2. Securities Offerings: 30%
    33 years
  3. Corporate: 15%
    33 years
  4. Tax: 15%
    36 years
  5. Government Contracts: 10%
    28 years, 20 cases



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Law Office Of Ford C. Ladd

908 King Street
Suite 610
Alexandria, VA, 22314


DCActive 198407/05/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law198303/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
National Commander's CommendationCivil Air Patrol, USAF Aux2008
Outstanding ChairmanBar Association of the District of Columbia2003
Business ReviewCollege of William & Mary1979
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial AttorneyU.S. Department of Justice1991 - 1998
AttorneyLaw Offices of Ford C. Ladd1984 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Civil Air PatrolLegal Officer and Mission PilotN/A
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaMemberN/A
Virginia State BarMemberN/A
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationMemberN/A
National Business Aircraft AssociationMemberN/A
U. S. Tax CourtMemberN/A
Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Securities Law CommitteeCo-chair2008 - 2009
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaCommittee Chairman2002 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lowry v Commonwealth of CanadaSummary Judgment granted to Defendant
Rubens v American Express Financial AdvisorsAward for Plaintiff for full damages, fees, and co
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Publication nameTitleDate
Virginia Bar AssociationOverview of the Uniform Prudent Investment Act2000
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaFiduciary Duties under the DC Uniform Prudent Investor Act1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
College of William and MaryAccounting, Investments, and Portfolio TheoryMasters in Business Administration1980
Purdue UniversityMechanical EngineeringOther - Bachelors1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Response to Treasury Blueprint and Changes Needed in Securities Market OversightSecurities Market Oversight2008
EAA Aviation Law SeminarAviation Law2008
Changes Needed to Improve Securities Market Oversight with Senator Richard Shelby and Prof. John CoffeeSecurities Regulation2008
FAA Wings Safety SeminarDuty of Care owed by CFIs and related civil liability2007
AOPA/AFS Safety and Legal SeminarAviation Safety2007
FAA Wings Safety SeminarFlight Safety2006
Emerging Issues Under the Federal Securities Laws in a Volatile MarketFederal Securities Laws2001
Virginia CLEOverview of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act2000