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

July 26, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Heads to Final Vote on Semiconductor Subsidies

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a $52 billion bill that would subsidize and provide incentives for computer... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to advance a $52 billion bill that would subsidize and provide incentives for computer chip production in the United States. The procedural vote to end debate on the CHIPS Act means a final vote in the Senate is likely as... Read More

July 22, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Bannon Found Guilty of Defying Congressional Subpoena

WASHINGTON — A jury in Washington, D.C., Friday found former Trump White House Adviser Stephen K. Bannon guilty on two... Read More

WASHINGTON — A jury in Washington, D.C., Friday found former Trump White House Adviser Stephen K. Bannon guilty on two counts of contempt of Congress after refusing to comply with a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S.... Read More

July 22, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
DC Mayor Could Deploy National Guard Under Defense Bill Approved by House

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s mayor would gain a right to call out the National Guard in an emergency... Read More

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s mayor would gain a right to call out the National Guard in an emergency under the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the U.S. House of Representatives this month. The $840.2 billion bill would fund the Defense Department for the... Read More

July 22, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Patent Office Accused of Allowing Politics to Decide Inventors’ Rights

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to develop a method of depoliticizing a patent system closely tied to the vitality of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to develop a method of depoliticizing a patent system closely tied to the vitality of the U.S. economic system. Patents are a centerpiece of American technology and foreign trade, particularly in competition with China. Legal disputes over who owns the rights... Read More

July 20, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
UN Representative Predicts Food Crisis Without Unified International Assistance 

WASHINGTON — The outlook is dim for relieving the world’s poor from the scourge of hunger, the United Nations’ director... Read More

WASHINGTON — The outlook is dim for relieving the world’s poor from the scourge of hunger, the United Nations’ director of world hunger programs told a House committee Wednesday. “There’s a lot of bad things about to happen,” said David Beasley, director of the United Nations'... Read More

July 19, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Biden Administration Wants to Expand Weapons of Mass Destruction Detection

WASHINGTON — While military analysts discussed in the media the risks Russia will use weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine,... Read More

WASHINGTON — While military analysts discussed in the media the risks Russia will use weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine, a Senate committee on Tuesday considered whether the United States was prepared for such an attack. The federal government established an Office of Countering Weapons of... Read More

July 18, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Prosecutors Select Jury in Bannon Contempt Trial

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors were promising a quick trial of former Trump administration advisor Steve Bannon after choosing a jury in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors were promising a quick trial of former Trump administration advisor Steve Bannon after choosing a jury in the case Monday in Washington, D.C. Bannon is being prosecuted on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about his inside knowledge at... Read More

July 15, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Control the Harm of Climate Change on Food Production

WASHINGTON — Congress is searching for an innovative approach to rising food prices as climate change, political policy and farming... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congress is searching for an innovative approach to rising food prices as climate change, political policy and farming increasingly collide, leaving consumers to suffer the consequences. For some, it means a bigger part of their annual budgets will be spent to feed themselves and... Read More

July 14, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Wants to Expand Monitoring of Illicit Drone Use

WASHINGTON — Drones might be good for the economy and recreation but they’re creating new security threats that require prompt... Read More

WASHINGTON — Drones might be good for the economy and recreation but they’re creating new security threats that require prompt law enforcement action, according to witnesses at a Senate hearing Thursday. Otherwise, a commercial aviation disaster, increased drug smuggling or an attack on a critical industrial... Read More

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