M. Aaron Ford

M. Aaron Ford

New York, New York

M. Aaron Ford ("Matt") is an associate with Ford O'Brien who assists in litigating a wide variety of criminal and civil matters with an emphasis on white-collar criminal and regulatory defense as well as complex civil litigation, including securities and cyber-fraud matters.

Having worked closely for years with the principals at Ford O'Brien, Matt relies on a deep knowledge of both federal and state law along with an ability to distill intricate legal concepts into clear, powerful arguments to assist clients in obtaining the most favorable outcome possible. 

Some recent matters include:

  • Dismissal of a federal indictment charging a $17 million pump and dump scheme
  • Dismissal with prejudice of an SEC complaint alleging a $20 million securities fraud
  • Representation of a multi-billion-dollar company investigating and responding to multiple cyber-fraud incidents and CFAA violations
  • 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

Prior to joining Ford O'Brien, Matt worked as an associate for Cahill Gordon and Reindel LLP. During his time with Cahill, he 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, 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, and 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.  

Matt currently serves as the Firm's pro-bono coordinator, drawing on significant experience using his legal acumen to represent poor and underserved communities, including as Charles H. Revson Public Interest Fellow for South Brooklyn Legal Services, research assistant to former New York Court of Appeals Judge Honorable Joseph Bellacosa, and participation through his former law firm in New York's Pro Bono Appeals program.

Matt received his undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA with a concentration in philosophy and economics in 2003. In 2008, Matt graduated from the St. John's School of Law in Queens, New York, where he served as an editor of St. John's Law Review.

Outside of his legal practice, Matt is an accomplished musician, performing both live and recording as a studio musician. He also is a keen, nature film photographer, running his own traditional darkroom, and has had his silver gelatin photographic prints published by Ilford Photo, the world's leading black and white film and photographic paper manufacturer.

Areas of Practice

  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Regulatory Enforcement Defense
  • Complex Commercial and Securities Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York


  • St John's University, School of Law
    • J.D. cum laude - 2008
  • Evergreen State College
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Honors: Philosophy
    • Honors: Economics

Published Works

  • 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 Winter 2008)
  • Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Ass'ns v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (NYSBA Environmental Law Journal, Winter 2008)
  • Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency (NYSBA Environmental Law Journal, Summer 2007)
  • Connecticut v. American Electric Power Co. (NYSBA Environmental Law Journal, Fall 2006)
  • Kelo v. New London (NYSBA Environmental Law Journal, Winter 2005)

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Sylvia Rambo, United States District Court, Middle District Pennsylvania, Law Clerk
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, New York, NY, Associate
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