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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 > Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation

(Next Generation Partners)

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With ‘an incredible grasp of the industry‘, Hogan Lovells US LLP‘s global automotive sector team acts for both traditional automotive companies and emerging mobility industry players. On the rail side, the transportation department is sought out by both freight and passenger railroad clients, and the team has particular expertise in the transportation of hazardous materials by rail, including regulatory compliance issues. Latane Montague focuses on the transportation industry’s safety and environmental regulations, Kevin Sheys is ‘extremely knowledgeable about railroad law‘, and Joanne Rotondi advises automotive manufacturers and suppliers on emissions, fuel economy, and greenhouse gas issues. Also key to the department, Michael Kidney defends clients in lawsuits targeting the automotive industry, William Yavinsky co-heads the global automotive industry sector group, and Ryan Ford is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer. In New York, John Sullivan is a franchise litigation expert, and senior counsel Carl Chiappa is a highly-rated motor vehicle franchise law specialist. Outside counsel for the Railway Supply Institute, Emily Kimball in Denver was promoted to partner in January 2023, counsel Hannah Graae is a regulatory expert, and senior associate Carolyn Kraska acts for a range of rail clients. All attorneys listed are in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated.