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 14, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Abortion Dispute Plays Out in Congress … Again

WASHINGTON — Impassioned opinions over abortion returned to Congress Wednesday in a House hearing that renewed disputes over whether a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Impassioned opinions over abortion returned to Congress Wednesday in a House hearing that renewed disputes over whether a woman’s rights should override rights of the unborn. The hearing was supposed to assess the consequences of the Supreme Court decision last month in Dobbs v.... Read More

July 13, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Implicates Trump in Inciting Mob Violence at Capitol

WASHINGTON — Witnesses to a congressional committee on Tuesday implicated former President Donald Trump in knowingly inciting extremists to attack... Read More

WASHINGTON — Witnesses to a congressional committee on Tuesday implicated former President Donald Trump in knowingly inciting extremists to attack the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Part of the incitement came from his huge social media following, which he used to summon a mob to march... Read More

July 13, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Pressure Mounts on Justice Dept. to Protect Supreme Court Justices

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are asking the Justice Department to crack down on protesters harassing Supreme Court justices at their homes... Read More

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are asking the Justice Department to crack down on protesters harassing Supreme Court justices at their homes and during  trips around the Washington area. In the latest move, an activist group called ShutDownDC is offering bounties for sightings of the justices. The group... Read More

July 12, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Advisor Bannon Loses Motion to Delay His Trial on Contempt Charge

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon lost out Monday in his attempt to delay his trial for... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon lost out Monday in his attempt to delay his trial for contempt of Congress until mid-October. He said in his petition to U.S. District Court that recent hearings of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6,... Read More

July 11, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks More Food Aid to Veterans Impoverished by Pandemic

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Anahid Brakke talked about the financial struggles facing veterans during a congressional field hearing Monday in California... Read More

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Anahid Brakke talked about the financial struggles facing veterans during a congressional field hearing Monday in California on how to end hunger among people who served in the U.S. military. Near the headquarters of her organization, called San Diego Hunger Coalition, a person... Read More

July 8, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Five Indicted for Spying and Harassing Chinese Dissidents Living in the US

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury in New York indicted five men Thursday on charges of spying and carrying out... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury in New York indicted five men Thursday on charges of spying and carrying out political repression against U.S. citizens who were critics of the Chinese government. One of the men indicted is a current federal law enforcement officer and another... Read More

July 7, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Arrests 1,500 in Roundup of Violent Suspects

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced arrests Wednesday of about 1,500 people in cities nationwide the agency described as some... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced arrests Wednesday of about 1,500 people in cities nationwide the agency described as some of the most violent fugitives, sex offenders and gang members. A primary motivation behind the month-long Operation North Star was to halt gun violence that has... Read More

July 6, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Court Decisions Support Biden Rules on Protecting the Environment

WASHINGTON —The Biden administration won another court victory on July 5 in its efforts to roll back Trump-era environmental policies... Read More

WASHINGTON —The Biden administration won another court victory on July 5 in its efforts to roll back Trump-era environmental policies that limited protections for wildlife under the Endangered Species Act.  A federal judge in California threw out an interpretation that allowed economic factors to be considered... Read More

July 5, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Drug Distributors Win Lawsuit Accusing Them of Opioid Abuse

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. — A federal judge in West Virginia on Monday ruled in favor of drug distribution companies accused... Read More

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. — A federal judge in West Virginia on Monday ruled in favor of drug distribution companies accused in a lawsuit of creating a public nuisance by distributing opioids that kill thousands of Americans each year. The judge said his ruling is "not based... Read More

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WASHINGTON — Looking fresh and relaxed from a week vacationing in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, President Joe Biden returned to... Read More

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Environmental Justice Index Announced to Help Guide Federal Policy

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WHO Releases Updated Guidance on Planning for Tuberculosis

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Baylor Receives Grant to Study Liver Cancer Risk and Prevention

HOUSTON — Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine received a five-year, $5.5 million-plus grant from the National Cancer Institute for... Read More

HOUSTON — Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine received a five-year, $5.5 million-plus grant from the National Cancer Institute for research on liver cancer risk factors and prevention, with the goal of reducing the burden of liver cancer in patients... Read More

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