Matthew Aaron Ford
As counsel for Ford O'Brien, Matt 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:
- 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
- Dismissal of eight count complaint brought by clearing firm against trader seeking $16.6 million in damages
- Successful appeal and reversal by New Jersey Supreme Court of administrative law judge denial of compensation under Spill Fund Act
- 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 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 is a keen nature film photographer, running his own traditional darkroom, and enjoys oil and watercolor painting in his free time.
Areas Of Practice
- White Collar Criminal Defense
- Regulatory Enforcement Defense
- Complex Commercial and Securities Litigation
- New York
- 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 Texas
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- St John's University, School of Law
- J.D. - 2008
- Honors: cum laude
- Evergreen State College
- B.A. - 2003
- Honors: Philosophy
- Honors: Economics
Past Employment Positions
- Honorable Sylvia Rambo, United States District Court, Middle District Pennsylvania, Law Clerk, 2008
- Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, New York, NY, Associate
- 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)
Honors & Awards
- Selected To Rising Stars: 2020 - 2021