Ford C. Ladd

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Professional Licenses and Memberships: Co-Chairman, Securities Law Committee, Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Member, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), Virginia State Bar, District of Columbia Bar, U.S. Tax Court, United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and Federal Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Eighth, District of Columbia and Federal Circuits. Panel Attorney for the Aircraft Owners and Pilot�s Association (AOPA). Wing Legal Officer for the Civil Air Patrol.


Legal Experience:


1999- Law Offices of Ford C. Ladd, Alexandria, VA and Washington, D.C. Commercial litigation before Present federal and state courts, foreign forums, and securities arbitration forums. Primary areas of practice include securities, transportation & aviation law, corporate law, and tax.


1991- U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Aviation & Admiralty Section, Washington, D.C. Trial Attorney


1998 Defended the United States and other countries against claims brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act arising from aviation accidents, and conducted compulsory and voluntary proceedings before the French courts and other foreign forums under the Hague Convention.


1984- Law Offices of Ford C. Ladd, Alexandria, VA and Washington, D.C. Commercial litigation before federal 1994 and state courts, international transactions, and outside general counsel. Primary areas of practice included securities and commercial litigation, transportation law, corporate law, and tax.


1983- Galland, Kharasch, Morse, & Garfinkle, P.C., Washington, D.C. Attorney. Civil litigation in the areas of 1984 aviation law, domestic and international transactions, and tax.


1982- William C. Cummings, P.C., Alexandria, VA; and Richmond, VA. Law Clerk. 1983 Civil litigation in the areas of corporate law, commercial transactions, and tax. 1979- National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Patent Counsel, Langley, VA. 1981 Law Clerk. Prepared appellate briefs, patent applications, and novelty search reports for mechanical and electrical inventions developed by or on behalf of NASA.


Reported Decisions include:


Stuart Rubens v. American Express Financial Advisors, NASD-DR- 03-07266 (2005); Brian 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).


Papers Presented and Seminars include:


Emerging Issues under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Chairman, Panel Discussion with Congressman Michael G. Oxley, sponsored by the Bar Association of District of Columbia and televised by CSPAN)

Emerging Issues Under the Federal Securities Laws in a Volatile Market (Bar Association of District of Columbia, and the D.C. Bar, Corporation, Finance & Securities Law Section May 15, 2001)

Impact of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act: New Duties Imposed on Trustees, Added Exposure for Litigation (Bar Association of District of Columbia, Jan 28, 2000).

Overview of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act (Virginia CLE June 2000).




J.D., 1983, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA (litigation, commercial law, securities, and tax)

M.B.A., 1980, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (investment theory, finance, and accounting)

B.S.M.E., 1975, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (mechanical engineering)


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 supply contracts.


Other Activities:


Civil Air Patrol: SAR/DR/CD Mission Pilot and Emergency Services Officer.