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 5, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
States Try to Overturn New Federal Fuel Efficiency Standards

WASHINGTON — A lawsuit filed last week by predominantly Republican states says the U.S. Department of Transportation exceeded its authority... Read More

WASHINGTON — A lawsuit filed last week by predominantly Republican states says the U.S. Department of Transportation exceeded its authority with new stricter fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Texas and Utah are among states asking a federal court in Washington, D.C., to overturn... Read More

July 1, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Advisor Bannon Seeks a Trial Delay on Contempt Charge

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon is asking a Washington, D.C., federal judge to delay his trial... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon is asking a Washington, D.C., federal judge to delay his trial for contempt of Congress after recent hearings of the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol created an "unprecedented level... Read More

July 1, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Treasury Dept. Freezes Russian’s Access to $1B Held in Delaware Trust

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury on Thursday blocked a Russian oligarch's access to more than $1 billion of his funds... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury on Thursday blocked a Russian oligarch's access to more than $1 billion of his funds hidden in a Delaware-based trust as part of the Biden administration’s effort to enforce sanctions for the invasion of Ukraine. The oligarch, Suleiman Abusaidovich Kerimov, is... Read More

June 30, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Environmentalists Tell Congress Recycling Could Create a Market Opportunity

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel tried to move forward Thursday with a more aggressive effort to recycle the nation’s wastes... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel tried to move forward Thursday with a more aggressive effort to recycle the nation’s wastes on the same day the Supreme Court dealt the Biden administration’s environmental agenda a severe setback. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee promoted legislation to eliminate... Read More

June 29, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Expands Veterans’ Rights to Sue States for Job Discrimination

WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court ruling Wednesday broadens the rights of veterans to sue state agencies for employment discrimination based... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court ruling Wednesday broadens the rights of veterans to sue state agencies for employment discrimination based on their military service. The ruling revives a lawsuit by a former Texas state trooper who said he was forced out of his job because of... Read More

June 28, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Former White House Staffer Says Trump Encouraged Jan. 6 Riot

WASHINGTON — The most condemning testimony yet among six House hearings into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The most condemning testimony yet among six House hearings into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol came from a Trump White House staff member Tuesday. Cassidy Hutchinson, a former assistant to the president’s chief of staff, testified that President Donald Trump... Read More

June 28, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Considers Adding $2.2B to Mental Health and Drug Programs

WASHINGTON — Rahul Gupta talked to a congressional panel Monday about patients he treated with drug overdoses. Gupta is director... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rahul Gupta talked to a congressional panel Monday about patients he treated with drug overdoses. Gupta is director of the U.S. National Drug Control Policy. He formerly worked as an internist in private practice for 25 years. Rather than victims finding help with addictions... Read More

June 24, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Justice Dept. Suspects Trump Supporter of Influencing Jan. 6 Riot Prosecutions

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to investigate whether former Trump attorney Sidney Powell is contributing... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to investigate whether former Trump attorney Sidney Powell is contributing funds to the legal defense of the right ring extremist Oath Keepers accused of raiding the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The Justice Department says... Read More

June 23, 2022
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Update Its Computer Systems

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to catch up to the computerized automation that is running many American businesses but only... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congress is trying to catch up to the computerized automation that is running many American businesses but only now is filtering into more conservative government offices. A House committee held a hearing Thursday to determine how to bring greater efficiencies into government operations through... Read More

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