Gary Ford is a leading expert on issues relating to the treatment of employee benefit plans in bankruptcies, and has represented both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy cases involving substantial benefit liabilities and assets. In addition, he represents a number of the nation’s largest plan sponsors, service providers, multiemployer plans, and fiduciaries in a variety of areas, including litigation, planning, and advice. He regularly practices before Congress, the federal agencies, the federal courts, and arbitrators.

Gary originally joined Groom in 1981, after serving as ERISA Counsel to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, where he had staff responsibility for the multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980.  Gary took leave from the firm in 1987 to serve as General Counsel to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) from 1987 to 1989. At the PBGC, Gary directed 64 lawyers and paralegals in federal court litigation and represented the agency in the development of the Pension Protection Act of 1987.

Previous Experience
  • General Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
  • ERISA Counsel, Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources
Professional Affiliations
  • Charter Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • Member, BNA Pension & Benefit Publications Advisory Board
Honors & Distinctions
  • Listed, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (2005-2018)
  • Listed, The Legal 500 US, Employee Health and Retirement Plans (2017)
  • Listed, The Legal 500 US, ERISA Litigation (2009-2014)
  • Listed, The Legal 500 US, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Law (2007-2014, 2016)
  • Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 US, Labor & Employment Law, Employee Benefits (2008)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits Law and ERISA Litigation (1995-2019)
  • Listed, Super Lawyers, Employee Benefits (2008-2018)
  • Listed, Who’s Who Legal, Pensions & Benefits (2017)
  • Listed, Lawdragon’s Guide to World-Class Employment Lawyers (2011-2014)
  • Listed, Top 12 Labor and Employment Lawyers in D.C. Area, Legal Times
  • Washingtonian’s Best Lawyers in D.C.

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