Ferris R. Bond

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience
  • 1983-present
    Private Practice of Law, presently a name partner in the Washington Law Firm of Bond & Norman PLLC specializing in both Criminal and Civil Litigation. Mr. Bond has appeared and successfully tried cases all over the country. He has appeared before almost every judge in both the U.S. District Court and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Civil matters have included wrongful death arising out of violations of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities act, wrongful death out of medical malpractice, wrongful death arising out of 1983 Civil Rights Violations, Tort Claim Violations, legal malpractice claims, Breach of Partnership Obligations and negligence actions arising from automobile accidents. Criminal Jury Trials, in addition to those noted below have included Murder, Rape, Armed Robbery, Carjacking, Bank Robbery, Malicious Wounding, Drug Offenses of all kinds; including Kingpin and RICO Conspiracies, Extortion, Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, Forgery, Uttering, Burglary, Conspiracy, Allegations of structuring bank deposits below $10,000.00 in order to avoid the Title 31 currency transaction reporting requirements, and obstructing and impeding the IRS from ascertaining and collecting taxes. Mr. Bond is a former Marine lawyer. He is an expert in all areas of military law including General and Special Courts-Martial, Administrative Discharge Proceedings and actions to correct military records. Mr. Bond also represents professionals before licensing authorities.

  • 1978-1983
    Trial Attorney Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice. While at Justice, Mr. Bond was responsible for the prosecution of significant, multi-district, drug trafficking organizations under Title 21 (the Controlled Substances Act), Title 31 (Currency Offenses), Title 28 (Tax Offenses), and Title 18. Successful prosecutions Mr. Bond first chaired included the following offenses: 21 U.S.C. 848, Conducting a Continuing Criminal Enterprise, 18 U.S.C. 1964, Participating in a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO), Income Tax Evasion, Conspiring to obstruct and impede the IRS from the ascertainment and collection of taxes, and Title 31 currency offenses. Mr. Bond is familiar with the forfeiture provisions of Titles 18, 21, and 28. For several months in 1983, He worked on a contract basis as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina.

  • 1975-1978
    Judge Advocate, United States Marine Corps. Mr. Bond is an expert in all areas of military practice. From: He had three primary areas of responsibility; the defense and prosecution of military personnel charged with criminal violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the representation of military personnel before administrative discharge board as well as formal boards of inquiry, and advising military personnel concerning criminal and civil proceedings. Mr. Bond tried over 200 special and general courts-martial and administrative hearings. His military trial experience included in addition to military offenses, Rape, Forgery, Grand Larceny, Drug Offenses, Obstruction of Justice, Kidnapping, Maiming.
Honors
  • Award for Superior Performance of Duties on a Continuous Basis by Then Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti.

  • Metropolitan Police Department Award in Recognition of Outstanding Performance of Civic Responsibility and Contribution to the Community. The award was made after Mr. Bond chased down and assisted in the arrest of an armed robber fleeing a Roy Rogers restaurant on E Street NW in Washington, D.C.

  • AmJur Award for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in the Area of Contracts.
Significant Civil Cases

Andrea v. Kennedy, Circuit Court Fairfax County Virginia At Law No.: 2008-6027

After an insane man killed two police officers and attempted to blow up Sulley Police Station, Andrea, a Fairfax County Police officer and hero, shot and killed an insane Fairfax man before he could kill any more people. A recovery was made for Officer Andrea against the man’s father under his homeowner’s insurance policy.

Estate of Peterson et al v. The Islamic Republic of Iran, 515 F. Supp. 2d 25, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65820, Decided September 7, 2007 U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Mr. Bond, in concert with Thomas Fortune Fay and Steven Perles obtained a 2.6 Billion Dollar judgment for a number of the victims of the Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut Lebanon in 1983 under the Flatow exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Kevin Arnold v. Paul Miyomoto, Circuit court of Culpeper Virginia.

Arnold, a tree surgeon, was injured when Paul Miyomoto pulled out in front of him causing a collision. The case settled for the policy limits of $250,000.00

David Jones v. Price George’s County, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Mr. Bond, along with Jane Norman, represented Jones who was chased into the District of Columbia by a number of Prince Georges County Policemen. He was stopped, badly beaten and attacked by police dogs. The case is no longer pending. On order of the Court nothing further may be said about it.

George Sutton v. District of Columbia, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

George Sutton was shot in the back while being arrested. Thereafter, he was charged with assault on a police officer. After requiring the United States to dismiss the false allegation of assault on a police officer, Mr. Bond filed suit on Sutton’s behalf alleging Civil Rights violation by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Force. The matter was settled after the District of Columbia agreed to pay a substantial amount of money to George Sutton.

Shields v. Charter Health, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Shields, who was handicapped, was fired from his job as a salesman for Charter Health. After doing so, they brought charges against Shield for threatening the persons firing him. Mr. Bond represented Shields in the criminal trial before a District of Columbia Jury. He was found not guilty. Thereafter, Mr. Bond filed suit against Charter Health for Malicious Prosecution, Abuse of Process and Defamation. The matter was settled. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

Landise v. Mauro, Superior Court of the District of Columbia

In a hotly contested lawsuit, Mr. Bond defended Mauro, a prominent D.C. attorney from allegations by Landise that she was his partner and owed her money damages for breach of Contract, Breach of a fiduciary duty and Conversion. After several weeks of trial a D.C. jury returned a verdict in our client, Mr. Mauro's favor.

Estate of Horne v. United States, U.S. District Court for D.C.

The suit was filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act after Robert Horne died in prison in Petersburg, Virginia. Horne was not given adequate medical care and treatment for a heart condition. After fierce litigation, the United States conceded liability and made a substantial payment to Mr. Horne's Estate.

Estate of Kirkland v. District of Columbia, Superior Court for the District of Columbia

In a suit alleging a violation of Kirkland's Civil Rights, a substantial recovery was made from the District of Columbia. Kirkland died at the District of Columbia Jail after suffering complications from drug withdraw.

Estate of Whitfield v. Anchor et al., Superior Court of the District of Columbia

In a suit for the wrongful death of Whitfield, a retarded mental health patient from St. Elizabeth's Hospital, a substantial recovery was made from the Doctor, and Social Services Agency supervising him.

HIGHLY PUBLICIZED CRIMINAL TRIALS DEFENDED

United States v. David Blakeney 11CF2 18733 Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Blakeney was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Mr. Bond convinced a jury that the object police claimed to have seen Mr. Blakeney throw was not the gun they recovered 30 feet away. Blakeney was found not guilty.

United States v. Marlow Marshal, 2010 CF2 11425 Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Marshal, a veteran of the Viet Nam War was charged with being a felon in possession of a gun found in his home and possession with intent to distribute cocaine found in his truck. Mr. Bond convinced a jury to acquit him after a jury trial.

United States v. Jose Portillo Superior Court of the District of Columbia 2009 CF1 6048

Along with two others, Portillo is charged with the the November 2008 murder of a psychiatrist and teacher in their Northwest Washington, D.C. home. Trial is scheduled for November of this year.

District of Columbia v. Lorenzo Smith, 2008 CDC 2584 Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Smith was charged by the Attorney General of the District of Columbia with violating District of Columbia gun laws by possession an arsenal of weapons and ammunition in his home. Mr. Bond convinced a Superior Court Judge to find Mr. Smith not guilty of all 28 counts alleging gun violations.

United States v. Harold Jones, 07-305 (EGS) United States District Court For The District of Columbia

Jones was charged with possession with intent to distributed cocaine found in the front seat of his automobile after he was arrested for soliciting, handcuffed, restrained and placed in a police car. Before the trial began, a motion to suppress was denied applying Belton v. New York as precedent. A mistrial was declared after the jury was unable to reach a verdict. A motion to reconsider the denial of the motion to suppress was filed days after the Supreme court decision in Arizona v. Gant, 189 S.Ct. 1710. The United States decided not to retry Mr. Jones.

United States v. Earl Love, Superior Court of the District of Columbia 2006 CF1 19579

Love was charged with First Degree Murder for stabbing a student from Bowie State University on Eastern Avenue in the District of Columbia. Mr. Bond successfully convinced the jury that Mr. Love was guilty of only manslaughter. The compromise verdict by the jury included a finding of not guilty for carry the knife used in the stabbing.

United States v. Gerald Turner Superior Court of the District of Columbia - F 7482-03

Turner, charged with numerous crimes arising out of a series of arsons, was found not guilty by reason of insanity after a stipulated trial .

United States v. William Whitlock Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Whitlock, the son of a community activist and the first black motorman on the Metropolitan Police Department was charged with slashing his 85 year old mother to death and then trying to murder his father. After a hearing, Mr. Bond convinced Judge Bayly in the Superior Court, that Whitlock was not guilty by reason of insanity.

United States v. Joseph Mesa Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Mesa was charged with a double homicide at Gallaudet University. Mr. Bond presented an insanity defense claiming Mesa who was profoundly deaf acted in response to visual hallucinations. He also argued that letters seized by the government from Mr. Mesa’s paramour should be barred. In a hearing he claimed the paramour was Mr. Mesa’s common law wife and that the letters were privileged. The case is a now a landmark decision on the law of common law marriage in the District of Columbia.

United States v. Jawad Elamri, Superior Court for the District of Columbia

Dubbed by the press as the "Condom Rape Trial," the Legal Times named Elamri's case one of the trials of the year for 1993. Elamri was charged with raping a prominent Washington woman at gunpoint in Gusties restaurant after she provided him a condom. Despite substantial evidence of guilt, two juries were unable to arrive at verdicts. Reporters covering the trial describe Mr. Bond's defense as magnificent.

United States v. Howard Osborne United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Osborne was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in federal court on tow occasions. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, he faced treatment as a career offender. Despite eyewitness police testimony in both cases, Mr. Bond convinced a jury to return a verdict of not guilty.

United States v. David Hummer U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, at Pensacola

Hummer, an Ensign in the United States Navy was charged in the Northern District of Florida with conspiring to obstruct and impede the IRS in the ascertainment and collection of taxes. Ensign Hummer was one of the first persons in the country charged with structuring bank deposits below $10,000.00 in order to avoid the Currency Transaction Reporting requirements under Title 26. After a three week trial, a North Florida jury found Hummer not guilty of all fifty six counts.

United States v. Billie Harris Superior Court for the District of Columbia

Harris was charged under the new carjacking statute and faced life imprisonment. He was acquitted after Mr. Bond’s aggressive cross-examination of three police eyewitnesses.

United States v. Nashon Sawyer, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Sawyer's acquittal in less than an hour on a charge of possessing a sawed off shotgun caused Judge Oberdorfer to blast United States Attorney Jay Steven's case selection. Articles about the case were published in both the Washington Post and BNA Criminal Law Newsletter

United States v. Richard McEwen, Superior Court for the District of Columbia

McEwen, a Viet Nam veteran who is both a former Green Beret and a Psychiatric Patient, was alleged to be the leader of a cult that brought numerous guns and grenade launchers into the District of Columbia. After his arrest with seven other people (including his two wives) at the Comfort Inn, Nightline's Ted Koppel broadcast a summary of the arrest on a program entitled, "Washington, D.C, A City Divided Against Itself." A misdemeanor plea agreement was negotiated for him. He was placed on probation.

United States v. Karim Abdul Shyllon United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Shyllon was a D.C. tax auditor tried for extortion, wire fraud, and mail fraud for allegedly praying upon African business owners in the District.

United States v. Anthony McCray U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia at Alexandria

Anthony McCray was charged with wire fraud and attempting to extort money from Tammy Brannon for the return of her kidnapped daughter, Melissa Brannon.

United States v. Herman Carter Superior Court for the District of Columbia

Carter was charged with the murder of a Maryland man in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Despite three eyewitness identifications by witnesses on the scene, Carter was acquitted.

SIGNIFICANT MILITARY CASES

United States v. Colonel Raphael Riviera -Fort Belvoir Virginia

Riviera, the Deputy Director of DeWitt Army Hospital, was charged with prescribing addictive drugs in order to seduce one of his female psychiatric patients. After being retained by Colonel Riviera, the drug counts were dismissed by a military judge after a motions hearing. The case was resolved with a plea bargain under which Riviera pleaded guilty only to indecent acts. He was not incarcerated and is practicing medicine to this day.

United States v. Lieutenant W.R. Holman - Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina

Holman, a U.S. Marine Corps lawyer, was charged with violating an order to commit legal malpractice. Under extremely adverse and intimidating conditions charges were dropped against Holman after two separate hearings and investigations. To this day, the case is remembered in military circles as a classic example of how to defuse a criminal prosecution through aggressive use of the administrative process.

Noteworthy Criminal Prosecutions

The Miami Florida Forcer Gang

The gang was a group of thirty four Miami heroin/cocaine dealers who set up a trade agreement with a Los Angeles drug organization. Cocaine brought into Florida was sent to Los Angeles in trade for Heroin brought into California from Mexico.

Operation Grouper

Operation Grouper was an undercover drug investigation in which Drug Enforcement Administration agents posed as Marijuana off-loaders all up and down the coast from Boston Massachusetts to Port Arthur, Texas. Mr. Bond successfully prosecuted a Connecticut drug organization in the Northern District of Florida.

The West Virginia Connection

The West Virginia Connection was a prosecution involving, a group of seventy-four moonshiners who became involved in drug distribution when the cost of sugar took the profit out of moonshine; and a vote buying investigation in Wilkes County North Carolina.

Published Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit

United States of America, Appellee v. Richard Kevin Reid,
9 Fed. Appx. 279, 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 4931 (D.C. Cir. 2004)

United States of America, v. Kevin E. Watson, Appellant,
282 U.S. App. D.C. 305, 894 F.2d 1345, 1990 U.S. App. LEXIS 696,
29 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. (Callaghan) 1201 (DC Cir. 1990).

United States of America v. Oliyinka Sobamowo, Francis Sheen, et al, Appellants, ,
282 U.S. App. D.C. 74, 892 F.2d 90, 1989 U.S. App. LEXIS 19298 (DC Cir. 1989).

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

New Life Ctr., Inc. v. Fessio, 28 Media L. Rep. 2249 (4th Cir. 2000).

United States of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. James Linder, Defendant-Appellant.
1995 U.S. App. LEXIS 26113 (4th Cir. 1995).

United States of America, Plaintiff - Appellee v. Anthony Girard McCray - Appellant
1991 U.S. App. LEXIS 4338 (4th Cir. 1991).

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Muschette v. United States, 936 A.2d 791, 2007 D.C. App. LEXIS 571 (D.C. 2007).

Oliver v. Mustafa, 929 A.2d 873, 2007 D.C. App. LEXIS 480 (D.C. 2007).

Richardson v. United States, 893 A.2d 590, 2006 (D.C. 2006) certiorari denied 126 S. Ct. 2961, 2006 U.S. LEXIS 5105 (2006).

Mesa v. United States, 875 A.2d 79, 2005 D.C. App. LEXIS 256 (D.C. 2005) Boyd v. United States, 870 A.2d 70, 2005 D.C. App. LEXIS 40 (D.C. 2004).

Griffin v. United States, 850 A.2d 313; 2004 D.C. App. LEXIS 267 (D.C. 2004).

Murray v. United States, 855 A.2d 1126, 2004 D.C. App. LEXIS 421 (D.C. 2004).

Bynam v. United States, 799 A.2d 1188, 2002 D.C. App. LEXIS 295 (D.C. 2002).

­ Sarah Landise v. Thomas Mauro , 725 A.2d 445 (D.C. 1998).

Carl Russell, Appellant v. United States, Appellee , 687 A.2d 213 ( D.C. 1997).

Rita Green v. United States, 584 A.2d 599; (D.C.1991).

Milton M. Goddard v. United States , 557 A.2d 1315 (D.C. 1989).

Gary E. Byrd and Terrence A. Lewis, Appellants , v. United States, Appellee, 551 A.2d 96 (D.C. 1988).

Legal Education and Bar Admissions:

Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas - 1974.

Bachelor of Arts from the University of Denver, 1970

District of Columbia Courts

District of Columbia Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia

United States Courts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District Of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Tax Court

State Courts

Supreme Court of Virginia
Supreme Court of Texas (Inactive)

Military Courts

United States Court of Military Appeals
Court of Veteran Appeals

Year Admitted

October 24, 1983
August 5, 1985
July 1988



January 25, 1984
May 26, 1989
Approx 1984
June 28, 2007


September 9, 1983
December, 1974



December 10, 1975
August 1991
Professional Associations And Offices

Offices: District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Board of Directors – 1996-1998

South Texas College of Law - Alumni Association
President – District of Columbia Chapter

Other Affiliations: American Association of Justice
National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association
Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association


Teaching And Lecture Experience
  • Mr. Bond has appeared and given comment on Paula Zahn’s “On The Case” television program on the Discovery Channel.

  • Mr. Bond has appeared and given comment on CBS News 48 Hours television program.

  • Mr. Bond was a guest lecturer with The District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. The topic was the use of medical records in Criminal Cases

  • Mr. Bond has been a guest lecturer with the District of Columbia Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association on “Discovery Tactics.”

  • Mr. Bond has been a guest legal expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show. In May of 1994, he appeared and acted as an expert on the subject of date rape.

  • Mr. Bond has participated in a mock medical malpractice trial put on by the forensic psychiatry school at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He demonstrated how to defend psychiatrists who engage in sexual relationships with their patients. He was also a panelist in a panel discussing the legal aspects of psychiatric sexual misconduct.

  • Mr. Bond has worked as an instructor at the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute put on by the Justice Department to give inexperienced Assistant United States Attorneys clinical trial experience.

  • Yearly from 1979 until 1983, he participated in the presentation of Moot Court trials in which attorneys for the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section of the Justice Department Criminal Division prosecuted and defended mock drug conspiracies put together by student DEA agents. He acted as an instructor to the Attorneys and a "mock" U.S. District Judge.

  • In 1982, he wrote and taught a course on the law of land warfare at the United States Marine Corps Staff Non Commissioner Officers Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

  • In 1980, he lectured to student DEA agents in the Glencoe, Georgia Training Center about the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute.

  • In 1979, he gave the same lecture to Agents in the DEA Field Office in Miami, Florida.

  • Mr. Bond has also lectured at various times over the years to Military Lawyers at Quantico Marine Base on trial techniques in Courts-Martial.
Foreign Language

Although not fluent, Mr. Bond speaks some Spanish.

Military Status

Mr. Bond ended his affiliation in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves with the rank of Major.