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Hogan Lovells US LLP
United States

Work Department

Litigation - Washington


Senior associate


Ryan Ford is an experienced litigator who represents clients in both state and federal courts as well as in arbitration and administrative proceedings across the country.

His practice spans a large variety of industries, with a focus on the automotive sector.  In particular, Ryan has considerable experience in motor vehicle franchise law, and he’s skilled in helping clients navigate through the complex web of state and federal regulations governing the distribution of motor vehicles.  He has successfully tried several cases involving disputes between motor vehicle distributors and their franchised dealers before juries and judges from Hawaii to Ohio.

Ryan began his legal career as a staff attorney in the disabilities law program at the Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware, where he represented individuals with disabilities in litigation.

While in law school, Ryan served as an articles editor for the Annual Survey of American Law, and received the Shannon Bybee Scholarship Award for writing the most outstanding paper in the field of gaming law.


Member, Delaware Bar Association, 2010-2012


J.D., New York University School of Law, Robert McKay Scholar, 2010

B.A., College of William & Mary, summa cum laude, 2007

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation

(Next Generation Partners)

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Hogan Lovells US LLP represents both traditional automotive companies and emerging mobility industry players. It routinely works with leading participants and disrupters across the industry supply chain; and leverages its global team for cross-border work. In Washington DC, the track record of transportation regulatory practice head Latane Montague includes high-stakes transport industry-related safety and emissions crises; and rail practice leader Kevin Sheys is ‘thoroughly versed in railroad environmental law‘. Also integral to the DC office are transport and logistics sector leader, Joanne Rotondi; automotive industry co-head William Yavinsky; and Michael Kidney, who has longstanding experience in defending automotive industry-targeted lawsuits. In New York, John Sullivan acts in franchise litigation and related disputes, while senior counsel Carl Chiappa is a widely respected motor vehicle franchise law expert. In Denver, counsel Emily Kimball has served as outside counsel for the Railway Supply Institute since 2012. Notable growth in DC includes the early 2021 promotion to partner of Ryan Ford, who handles litigation for motor vehicle manufacturers; and the January 2022 elevation to counsel of transportation industry-focused environmental and safety regulation expert, Kathryn Lannon.