Tom Ramstack

Tom Ramstack

Tom Ramstack is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist and attorney. Prior to joining The Well News, he covered transportation and legal affairs for The Washington Times and founded The Legal Forum, a news service for Washington’s legal community that also offers legal services for nonprofit organizations. His work has been featured in Reuters and other publications.



Ramstack notes that as a licensed Washington, D.C., lawyer, he occasionally works on short-term document review projects on a pay-per-project basis for established law firms. However, he does not represent clients in court. He also receives no payment from subscribers or advertisers from The Legal Forum.

In addition to his other professional activities, Ramstack is a licensed real estate agent.


Recent Work

November 30, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Tries to Smooth Out Snags in $1.2T Infrastructure Law

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee tried to tweak the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law Wednesday to make sure the government... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee tried to tweak the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law Wednesday to make sure the government is getting a good deal with its record investment to boost the economy. The five-year program won wide approval during the Senate Environment and Public Works... Read More

November 29, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Big Grocery Merger Gets Chilly Reception by Senators Worried About Price and Quality

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel showed a cynical attitude toward a proposed $24.6 billion merger of major grocery chains Kroger... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel showed a cynical attitude toward a proposed $24.6 billion merger of major grocery chains Kroger Co. and Albertsons Cos. during a hearing Tuesday. The chief executive officers promised consumers would benefit if the Federal Trade Commission approves the merger. Kroger announced... Read More

November 28, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Leans Toward Limiting Public Corruption Prosecutions

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case Monday in which a victory for the defendant would make it... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case Monday in which a victory for the defendant would make it harder to prosecute public corruption cases when one of the accused is a private citizen. Statements by the justices during the hearing indicated they believed Justice... Read More

November 22, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Attorneys General Push Back Against Senators Who Protect Fossil Fuel Industry

WASHINGTON — A blame game like the one that marked the COP27 international climate change conference continued this week in... Read More

WASHINGTON — A blame game like the one that marked the COP27 international climate change conference continued this week in Washington between Democratic attorneys general and Senate Republicans. Attorneys general from 16 states and the District of Columbia fought back Monday against warnings from Senate Republicans... Read More

November 21, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Trump to Be Hit With Second Round of Lawsuit by Woman Claiming Rape

WASHINGTON — An advice columnist who accused Donald Trump of raping her before he was president plans to refile her... Read More

WASHINGTON — An advice columnist who accused Donald Trump of raping her before he was president plans to refile her defamation lawsuit against him this week and add a new legal claim. The new claim of battery results from the sexual assault that E. Jean Carroll... Read More

November 21, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Railroad Unions Reject Labor Contract in a Potential Blow to US Economy

WASHINGTON — Railroad unions that rejected a proposed labor contract on Monday are threatening the nation’s economy as the Christmas... Read More

WASHINGTON — Railroad unions that rejected a proposed labor contract on Monday are threatening the nation’s economy as the Christmas season approaches. The “no” vote by the unions sets the stage for a strike as soon as Dec. 9, unless Congress intervenes to stop it. Economists... Read More

November 19, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Theranos Founder Sentenced to 11 Years for Fraud With Blood Testing Technology

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A judge in San Jose, California, on Friday sentenced former Theranos, Inc., Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes... Read More

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A judge in San Jose, California, on Friday sentenced former Theranos, Inc., Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes to more than 11 years in prison for defrauding investors with phony blood-testing technology. "I regret my failings with every cell of my body," a tearful... Read More

November 18, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
DC Sues Washington Commanders Again Claiming Season Ticket Holders Cheated

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s attorney general sued the Washington Commanders football team Thursday for allegedly keeping refundable deposits... Read More

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s attorney general sued the Washington Commanders football team Thursday for allegedly keeping refundable deposits that were supposed to be returned to season ticket holders. The lawsuit says the team violated Washington, D.C.’s, consumer protection laws. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine... Read More

November 17, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Airlines Advised to Improve Access for Disabled Passengers

WASHINGTON — Airlines were forced to address turmoil about disability access Thursday in Congress at a time they already are... Read More

WASHINGTON — Airlines were forced to address turmoil about disability access Thursday in Congress at a time they already are embroiled in complaints from employees and passengers. Heather Ansley, a government relations executive for the Paralyzed Veterans of America, summed up many of the concerns for... Read More

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