Adam C. Ford

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Ford O'Brien LLP
 | 575 5th Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-858-0400
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    A highly regarded criminal defense and civil litigation attorney, Adam C. Ford is a founding partner at Ford O'Brien, LLP. Based in the firm’s office in midtown Manhattan, he provides representation to people and businesses throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area and around the country. Admitted to practice in New York since 2002, Mr. Ford is also admitted to practice in New Jersey as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Mr. Ford has an extensive white collar criminal defense practice, representing clients who have been charged by the state or federal government. His cases have included allegations of money laundering, securities, wire, and mail fraud, so-called “pump and dump” schemes, insider trading, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and obstruction of justice. Mr. Ford has also appeared on behalf of clients before numerous regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve Board, the U.S. Department of Justice, and state taxing authorities.

    Mr. Ford’s civil litigation practice has included partner and shareholder disputes, fiduciary duty and contract breaches, employment law and general business matters, and outside of the courtroom, he has assisted company clients that are conducting internal investigations. His successful track record in all of his professional endeavors has earned him a great deal of positive recognition from his fellow members of the bar. Mr. Ford attended Seton Hall University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2002.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Securities Litigation
    • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 10%Business Litigation
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
    • 10%Employment Litigation: Defense
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employer

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021

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    About Adam Ford

    Admitted: 2003, New York

    Professional Webpage: https://www.fordobrien.com/About-Us/Adam-C-Ford.shtml

    Honors/Awards:

    • Securities Litigation, 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2020
    • Securities Litigation, Super Lawyer, New York Metro Area, Super Lawyers, 2019
    • Lawyers of Distinction - Excellence in Criminal Defense Law, 2018 Lawyer of Distinction, Lawyers of Distinction, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Supreme Court of the United States in: Guy Gentile, Petitioner v. Securities and Exchange Commission.  CASE: 19-878., 2020
    • Eleventh Circuit, 2019
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
    • New York State Bar Association
    • New York City Bar Association
    • New Jersey Bar, 2002
    • New York Bar, 2002

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, Vermouth: The Revival of the Spirit the Created America’s Cocktail Culture; The Countryman Press, 2015

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Gentile v. Securities and Exchange Commission, Case No.19-878, Supreme Court of the United States Blog "Petitions to Watch" https://www.scotusblog.com/2020/01/petitions-of-the-week-82/, 2020
    • Gov't Informant Ruling Will Limit Recourse For SEC Targets. https://www.law360.com/articles/1317550/gov-t-informant-ruling-will-limit-recourse-for-sec-targets, 2020
    • SEC Declines to Amend Complaint Against Guy Gentile https://www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2020/lr24962.htm#:~:text=SEC%20Declines%20to%20Amend%20Complaint%20Against%20Guy%20Gentile&text=On%20October%2021%2C%202020%2C%20the,Commission's%20case%20against%20Guy%20Gentile.&text=On%20December%2013%2C%202017%2C%20the,on%20statute%20of%20limitations%20grounds., 2020
    • Court declines to impose injunction over a decade after illegal acts stopped. https://lrus.wolterskluwer.com/news/securities-regulation-daily/court-declines-to-impose-injunction-over-a-decade-after-illegal-acts-stopped/122260/ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/could-injunctions-become-secs-next-headache-russ-ryan/?published=t&trackingId=ejmp7THNSwGgVwOMf8vZzQ%3D%3D, 2020
    • JUDGE REDUCES BITCOIN MINER CEO’S ROLE IN $27M PUMP-AND-DUMP https://bitcoinist.com/bitcoin-miner-ceos-27m-pump-and-dump/, 2020
    • Bitcoin Miner CEO Gets $27M Pump-And-Dump Suit Trimmed. https://www.law360.com/articles/1247039/bitcoin-miner-ceo-gets-27m-pump-and-dump-suit-trimmed, 2020
    • MGT Capital’s CEO Must Face Allegations He Helped Pump-and-Dump https://news.bloomberglaw.com/securities-law/mgt-capitals-ceo-must-face-allegations-he-helped-pump-and-dump, 2020
    • SEC Further Amends Its Complaint in Massive Market Manipulation Case to Add New Claims Against Defendant Robert Ladd https://www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2020/lr24771.htm, 2020
    • 'COVID-19 Clearinghouse': Project N95 is matching hospitals with PPE suppliers https://www.fastcompany.com/90481901/covid-19-clearinghouse-project-n95-is-matching-hospitals-with-ppe-suppliers, 2020
    • Project N95 Launches To Battle 2020 Shortage Of N95 Masks During Coronavirus Outbreakhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2020/03/22/project-n95-launches-to-battle-2020-shortage-of-n95-masks-during-coronavirus-outbreak/#ae34221445e1, 2020
    • Successful dismissal of 17 million dollar claims in favor of compelling arbitration. 2019 WL 2082551 Only the Westlaw citation is currently available. United States District Court, S.D. Florida. AXOS CLEARING, LLC, Plaintiff, v. Scott REYNOLDS, an individual; and SRR Fortress Capital, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, Defendants. Case No.: 1:19-cv-20979-KMM Signed 05/09/2019 Axos Clearing, LLC v. Reynolds, No. 1:19-CV-20979-KMM, 2019 WL 2082551 (S.D. Fla. May 9, 2019), 2019
    • New Jersey Supreme Court winning decision in US Master v. DEP. 239 N.J. 145 Supreme Court of New Jersey. US MASTERS RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY (USA) FUND, Petitioner-Appellant, v. NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION - Financial Services Element, Respondent-Respondent. A-78 September Term 2017081137 Argued March 11, 2019, Decided July 29, 2019, US Masters Residential Prop. (USA) Fund v. New Jersey Dep't of Envtl. Prot., 239 N.J. 145, 216 A.3d 137 (2019), 2019
    • Investor who was once FBI informant files $25M defamation lawsuit against rivalhttps://nypost.com/2019/08/30/investor-who-was-once-fbi-informant-files-25m-defamation-lawsuit-against-rival/, 2019
    • BREAKING: 2 Former Platinum Execs Convicted Of Fraud, Ex­CFO Walkshttps://www.fordobrien.com/BREAKING-2FormerPlatinumExecsConvictedOfFraudEx-CFOWalks-Law360.pdf, 2019
    • Ex-Gov't Informant Can't Pause SEC Suit Amid High Court Bidhttps://www.law360.com/delaware/articles/1222662/ex-gov-t-informant-can-t-pause-sec-suit-amid-high-court-bid, 2019
    • Duty to advance insurance coverage, triggered to cover costs of defense against criminal charges in securities fraud scheme. https://www.fordobrien.com/Platinum-Execs-Say-Insurers-Must-Give-Cash-For-Defense-Law360.pdf, 2019
    • SEC Isn't Trying To Punish Broker ­Dealer, 3rd Circ. Told https://www.fordobrien.com/SEC-Isnt-Trying-To-Punish-Broker-Dealer-3rd-Circ-Told.pdf, 2018
    • Avalon Holdings slump after 5 day surge https://www.reuters.com/article/avalon-holdg-stock/avalon-holdings-slump-after-5-day-surge-idUSL1N1UR1S3, 2018
    • ‘Rogue Informant’ Sues Puerto Rico Over Banking License Denialhttps://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-05/-rogue-informant-sues-puerto-rico-over-banking-license-denial, 2018
    • Beat a $17 million SEC civil fraud case. https://nypost.com/2017/12/13/hotshot-banker-thankful-for-fantastic-decision-on-17m-sec-case/ https://www.fordobrien.com/SEC-Filed-Stock-Scheme-Suit-Too-Late-NJ-Judge-Says.pdf, 2018
    • https://www.fordobrien.com/Ex-GoldmanBankerWantsFinalFedDecisionOnLifetimeBanLaw360.pdf https://www.fordobrien.com/Ex-Goldman-banker-facing-possible-lifetime-ban-sues-Federal-Reserve.shtml, 2018
    • Court rejected SEC's argument that an injunction and industry bar were equitable remedies necessary to prevent alleged defendants from committing future violations of federal securities laws. https://www.fordobrien.com/NJ-Case-Bolsters-The-Limitations-Defense-Against-SEC.pdf https://www.fordobrien.com/BrokerSlamsSECs3rdCircAppealInPennyStockCaseLaw360.pdf https://nypost.com/2018/07/04/hotshot-banker-denied-business-license-over-f-k-you-doj-joke-suit/ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-05/-rogue-informant-sues-puerto-rico-over-banking-license-denial https://www.reuters.com/article/avalon-holdg-stock/avalon-holdings-slump-after-5-day-surge-idUSL1N1UR1S3 https://www.fordobrien.com/SEC-Isnt-Trying-To-Punish-Broker-Dealer-3rd-Circ-Told.pdf, 2018

    Representative Clients:

    • Guy Gentile (Gentile v. SEC) Supreme Court of the United States, Case No: 19-878., 2020
    • MGT Capital Investments, Inc., 2020
    • Robert Ladd (CEO MGT Capital Investments, Inc.), 2020
    • Scott Reynolds V. TD Ameritrade (FINRA arbitration) Case No: 20-02547, 2020
    • Scott Reynolds (Spartan Securities v. Reynolds FINRA Arbitration) Case No: 19-00926, 2020
    • Project N95 Inc. (COVID-19 Matter), 2020
    • US Masters, 2020

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing at Brooklyn Law School.

    Educational Background:

    • University of Pittsburgh, B.A. Cum Laude, History and Philosophy, 1997
    • American University of Cairo, Egypt - 2000 Major: International Criminal Law and International Trade Courses, 2000

    Industry Groups

    • Banking
    • Business
    • Corporate
    • Financial Institutions
    • Hedge Fund
    • Limited Liability Companies
    • Partnerships
    • Securities
    • Small Business
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    575 5th Avenue
    17th Floor
    New York, NY 10017

    Phone: 212-858-0400

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