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

January 6, 2023
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Sued for Wrongful Death of Officer at Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON — The estate of a police officer who died a day after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The estate of a police officer who died a day after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is suing former President Donald Trump and two rioters. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington, D.C., says Trump's "campaign of lies... Read More

December 16, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
DC Panel Says Trump Attorney Giuliani Breached Ethics With Election Lawsuits

WASHINGTON — Former New York Mayor and presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani should be disciplined for violating ethics responsibilities of attorneys... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former New York Mayor and presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani should be disciplined for violating ethics responsibilities of attorneys after he challenged the 2020 election results, a hearing panel of the District of Columbia Bar concluded Thursday. The three-person panel plans to recommend disciplinary measures... Read More

December 15, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Stories of Gun Control Failures Grip Lawmakers

WASHINGTON — A decade and a day after a deranged gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in... Read More

WASHINGTON — A decade and a day after a deranged gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Nicole Melchionno told a congressional committee about sitting in her second-grade class and hearing a sound like large pans slamming together. Her teacher locked... Read More

December 14, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Congressional Report Suggests Improvements for Response to Another Pandemic

WASHINGTON — Deep flaws in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic gave a glimpse into how to prepare for... Read More

WASHINGTON — Deep flaws in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic gave a glimpse into how to prepare for the next infectious outbreak, according to a report adopted Wednesday by a congressional panel. The hearing of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis was... Read More

December 14, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Makes Another Effort at Stopping Rise in White Extremism

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel heard more evidence Tuesday of what the Department of Homeland Security has been saying with... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel heard more evidence Tuesday of what the Department of Homeland Security has been saying with greater urgency in recent weeks, namely that White extremism is increasing threats of domestic terrorism. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., called White extremism “a traditional and pernicious... Read More

December 9, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Congressional Report Blames Commanders’ Owner for Toxic Workplace and Cover-Up

WASHINGTON — A congressional report Thursday saying Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder misled Congress while trying to cover up a... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional report Thursday saying Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder misled Congress while trying to cover up a toxic workplace is renewing calls for legislative reform to clamp down on sexual harassment in employment. Snyder has been checking into possibilities for selling his football... Read More

December 8, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Minister Says He Successfully Lobbied Supreme Court Justices for His Causes

WASHINGTON — An evangelical minister who on Thursday claimed to be a whistleblower on conflicts of interest at the Supreme... Read More

WASHINGTON — An evangelical minister who on Thursday claimed to be a whistleblower on conflicts of interest at the Supreme Court told Congress that for years he recruited “stealth missionaries” to advocate conservative causes to the justices. The wealthy couples Robert L. Schenck said he used... Read More

December 7, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Wants Charity for Ukraine Directed in an Effective Supply Line

WASHINGTON — Donations of humanitarian aid and military equipment keep pouring into Ukraine from throughout the world but now the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Donations of humanitarian aid and military equipment keep pouring into Ukraine from throughout the world but now the challenge is to make sure it’s being distributed effectively, according to lawmakers at a congressional hearing Wednesday. Private donors have raised more than $1 billion to... Read More

December 7, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Firefighters Seek Contempt Citation Against DC for Ban on Beards

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., firefighters are asking a federal judge for a contempt citation against the city for its ban... Read More

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., firefighters are asking a federal judge for a contempt citation against the city for its ban on beards. Firefighters argue the ban violates the freedom of religion of their Muslim and Jewish members. The District of Columbia says the ban helps to... Read More

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