Matthew Aaron 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 Rising Stars: 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Matthew Aaron Ford is of counsel to Ford O’Brien, LLP, and he handles a variety of criminal defense and civil litigation matters for the New York City-based law firm. As an undergraduate, he attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he majored in both philosophy and economics and received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in 2003. Mr. Ford then went on to pursue his legal education at St. John's University School of Law, and in 2008, he was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude. Admitted to practice before all New York state courts since 2009, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York.

    Mr. Ford’s criminal defense experience has involved his representation of clients who have been issued white collar crime charges by the state or federal government. His clients have included hedge fund executives, traders, broker-dealers and investment advisers, among others, and he has been able to obtain positive results after jury trials or through the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecutors. Some of Mr. Ford’s representative successes have included the dismissal with prejudice of a securities fraud action brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, an acquittal of a client who faced five counts of fraud, and the dismissal of federal “pump and dump” charges.

    Mr. Ford’s civil litigation experience has included cases involving alleged environmental violations, fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, contract breaches, trade secret misappropriation, and other complex matters. Prior to joining Ford O’Brien, LLP, he was an associate at a New York City-based international law firm.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Securities Litigation
    • 30%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    • 20%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    White Collar Crime, Non-Compete Agreements

    Selections

    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

    Rising Stars: 2020 - 2021

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    About Matthew Ford

    Admitted: 2009, New York

    Professional Webpage: https://www.fordobrien.com/About-Us/Matthew-A-Ford.shtml

    Honors/Awards:

    • 2020 Super Lawyers Metro Rising Star, Super Lawyer Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2020

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
    • 11th Circuit, State of Texas  
    • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, New York, NY, Associate
    • Honorable Sylvia Rambo, United States District Court, Middle District Pennsylvania, Law Clerk
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
    • New York State Bar

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • White-Collar Crime, Social Harm, and Punishment: A Critique and Modification of the Sixth Circuit’s Ruling in United States v. Davis, St. John’s Law Review, 2008
    • Kelo v. New London, NYSBA Environmental Law Journal, 2005
    • Connecticut v. American Electric Power Co., NYSBA Environmental Law Journal, 2006
    • Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, NYSBA Environmental Law Journal, 2007
    • Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Ass'ns v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, NYSBA Environmental Law Journal, 2008

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Guy Gentile, Petitioner v. Securities and Exchange Commission.  CASE: 19-878 (Supreme Court of the United States). 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • BREAKING: 2 Former Platinum Execs Convicted Of Fraud, Ex­CFO Walks https://www.fordobrien.com/BREAKING-2FormerPlatinumExecsConvictedOfFraudEx-CFOWalks-Law360.pdf      , 2019
    • After nine-week jury trial, acquittal on all counts for Chief Financial Officer of hedge fund indicted on five counts of securities, investment adviser, and wire fraud. https://www.fordobrien.com/BREAKING-2FormerPlatinumExecsConvictedOfFraudEx-CFOWalks-Law360.pdf, 2019
    • Hotshot banker thankful for ‘fantastic’ decision on $17M SEC case https://nypost.com/2017/12/13/hotshot-banker-thankful-for-fantastic-decision-on-17m-sec-case/   Dismissal of a federal indictment charging a $17 million pump and dump scheme., 2019
    • Dismissal with prejudice of an SEC complaint alleging a $20 million securities fraud, 2019
    • Dismissal of eight count complaint brought by clearing firm against trader seeking $16.6 million in damages, 2019
    • Worked with a team of attorneys obtaining dismissal of several multi-billion dollar securities fraud cases related to credit ratings preceding the 2008 global financial crisis.  , 2019
    • Worked directly with partner in two-person team representing former Chief Operating Officer in compensation and ownership arbitration against international insurance brokerage firm resulting in a favorable settlement of over $20 million, 2019
    • Worked with a small team of attorneys obtaining a successful settlement in federal court for a plaintiff multinational hotel and resort corporation in theft of trade secret, breach of contract, and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act case against a competitor and former executives, 2019
    • Representation of large institutional investors seeking to recover tens of millions of dollars of lost investments resulting from breaches of fiduciary duty and other civil breaches by real estate LLC manager, 2019
    • Successful appeal and reversal by New Jersey Supreme Court of administrative law judge denial of compensation under Spill Fund Act, 2019
    • Representation of a multi-billion-dollar company investigating and responding to multiple cyber-fraud incidents and CFAA violations, 2019

    Representative Clients:

    • Guy Gentile (Gentile v. SEC) Supreme Court of the United States, Case No: 19-878., 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
    • MGT Capital Investments, Inc., 2020
    • Robert Ladd (CEO MGT Capital Investments, Inc.), 2020

    Educational Background:

    • St. John's University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, St. John's Law Review editor , 2008
    • Evergreen State College, B.A., Honors: Philosophy, Honors: Economics, 2003
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    575 5th Avenue
    17th Floor
    New York, NY 10017

    Phone: 212-858-0400

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