DLA Piper announced today that Christian Ford has joined the firm’s Litigation practice as a partner in Washington, DC.
Ford served in various positions at the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense for nearly a decade. He most recently held the role of Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy, where he supervised several priority portfolios, including national security, law enforcement, terrorism and violent crime prevention. He previously worked as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, where he managed investigations and prosecutions affecting national security, and as an Associate Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Defense, where he advised on complex national security and counterterrorism litigation.
“Christian brings an impressive range of experience related to national security issues, white collar investigations and compliance, regulatory and transactional work,” said James Brogan, US chair of Litigation. “His combined skillset will place him in a unique position to offer clients a comprehensive approach to complex legal issues.”
“Christian will be able to leverage his deep understanding of key interagency, regulatory and law enforcement policies and procedures to guide clients through complex regulatory and investigative situations, making him a significant asset to clients operating in a number of industries, including aerospace and defense, technology, maritime and financial services,” said Edward “Smitty” Smith, US chair of the firm’s Regulatory and Government Affairs practice and managing partner of the Washington, DC office.
Ford received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and his B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an M.A. from Yale University. He is admitted to practice law in California and Washington, DC.