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

March 27, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Panel Told 'Space Force' Vital to US Warfighting Mission

WASHINGTON - Defense department officials warned a Senate panel Wednesday that the United States risks losing its military advantage in... Read More

WASHINGTON - Defense department officials warned a Senate panel Wednesday that the United States risks losing its military advantage in space to growing threats from China and Russia. They are trying to convince Congress to authorize a new branch of the military that would be called... Read More

March 19, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Alpine Skier Accused of Cheating Has World Cup Victory Reinstated

The international Court of Arbitration for Sport last week reinstated a victory for German alpine skier Stefan Luitz that he... Read More

The international Court of Arbitration for Sport last week reinstated a victory for German alpine skier Stefan Luitz that he won in December during the World Cup skiing competition. He was stripped of his medal by the International Ski Federation for inhaling from an oxygen tank... Read More

March 19, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Adopts Trump Policy In Case of Illegal Immigrant Detentions

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that certain immigrants with previous criminal records can be detained without a... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that certain immigrants with previous criminal records can be detained without a right to bail. The 5-4 ruling is a significant victory for the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies but one that is outraging civil rights advocates. The... Read More

March 7, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Told Budget for Cleanup Of Toxic Chemical is Inadequate

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed frustration Wednesday at the years and billions of dollars needed to clean up a... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Members of Congress expressed frustration Wednesday at the years and billions of dollars needed to clean up a class of toxic chemicals polluting some of the nation’s drinking water. The House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on the environment held the hearing to examine the... Read More

March 1, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Democrats Try to Override Trump’s Climate Change Policy

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats sharply criticized President Donald Trump Thursday during a hearing on Capitol Hill for pulling out of... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats sharply criticized President Donald Trump Thursday during a hearing on Capitol Hill for pulling out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. They are trying to figure out how to act without the president’s approval to bring the United States into... Read More

February 27, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Talks Tough on Venezuela

WASHINGTON -- Tough talk about the troubled Venezuelan government during a congressional hearing Tuesday raised more questions about whether U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Tough talk about the troubled Venezuelan government during a congressional hearing Tuesday raised more questions about whether U.S. military intervention is possible soon. A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee called the hearing to determine how the U.S. government should respond to an economic and humanitarian... Read More

February 16, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
US Military Warns Senate About Foreign Cyber Threats

WASHINGTON -- Senators at a congressional hearing Thursday thanked the Defense Department’s cyber security force for protecting the 2018 midterm... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Senators at a congressional hearing Thursday thanked the Defense Department’s cyber security force for protecting the 2018 midterm elections but warned that foreign hacking threats are likely to only get worse. Americans sometimes unrealistically convince themselves they have the world’s best defenses against cyber-attacks,... Read More

February 16, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Marijuana Businesses Ask Congress To Grant Them Banking Services

The lack of legal banking services for marijuana-related businesses is creating unnecessary economic barriers and encouraging crime, the owner of... Read More

The lack of legal banking services for marijuana-related businesses is creating unnecessary economic barriers and encouraging crime, the owner of a Washington, D.C. marijuana business told Congress this week. A House Financial Services subcommittee called the hearing to determine whether federal law that bans banking services... Read More

February 8, 2019
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Political Advisor Argues Against Gag Order Before His Criminal Trial

WASHINGTON -- Political advisor Roger Stone is setting up a First Amendment free speech challenge during his pre-trial proceedings in... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Political advisor Roger Stone is setting up a First Amendment free speech challenge during his pre-trial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He told a federal judge Friday that she had no constitutional right to silence him with a... Read More

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