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Mr. Ward maintains regular contact with federal, state, and local enforcement agencies and, as he is known for his specialized working knowledge of campaign finance, gift and lobby disclosure laws at the various levels of government, he is often consulted for his opinion on compliance-related practice, systems or related issues. Recently, he was asked to serve on an advisory board which is being planned by the Government Accountability Office in response to LDA audits. In addition to developing programs and tracking systems to manage compliance required under the various statutes, Mr. Ward provides full-service administration and reporting services for PACs and political committees, candidates, lobbyists, corporations, and individuals whose political activities require disclosure.
Prior to forming Ward & Lawless LLC, Mr. Ward was a Client Specialist in the Political Law Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. There, Mr. Ward was the head of the team that developed and administered compliance and reporting programs for many of the firm's clients. For six years, from 2001-2007, Mr. Ward assisted The Council on Government Ethics Laws (“COGEL”) with the preparation and compiling of materials for the annual COGEL conferences. From 2003-2007, he edited and published the COGEL Blue Book: Update on Legislation and Litigation, U.S. & Canada. Mr. Ward also maintained and published the electronic and online versions of Skadden's Ethics Handbook for Entertaining and Lobbying Public Officials - Gift and Gratuity and Lobbying Laws.
Before Skadden, Mr. Ward worked for the United States Senate, where he served as the Secretary of the Senate's Administrator for Foreign Travel and Lobbying Disclosure. While at the Senate, Mr. Ward was directly responsible for the implementation of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 ("LDA") and the administration of the former disclosure law, the Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act of 1946. Mr. Ward was accountable for drafting forms and formulating guidance during the last-minute passage of the LDA and ultimately revamped the disclosure program by authoring a new, all-inclusive guidance document and streamlined forms that incorporated the changes made by the Technical Amendments Act of 1998. He was also the architect behind the electronic filing and disclosure system used until recently by the Senate.
Mr. Ward has served as a Reserve Officer with the Maryland Natural Resources Police, Marine Division, where, in addition to patrolling the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, he was an instructor at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police Training Academy at Matapeake and authored many training guides related to navigation, seamanship, boat handling, emergency procedures and police communications.
Mr. Ward is a Master Mason and is currently the Junior Deacon and Perpetual Member of Merritt Island Lodge No. 353 Free & Accepted Masons. He and his wife, Maggie, live on their gentlemen’s farm in rural Cocoa, Florida.