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Ralph Ferrara - Proskauer. Washington, DC, US

Ralph Ferrara

Member | Proskauer


Ralph Ferrara - Recognized Lawyer in Washington, DC



Litigator Ralph Ferrara has received recognition from a number of prominent legal publications and professional organizations. For more than 20 years, The Best Lawyers in America has honored him as a leading lawyer in nine categories, including “Bet-the-Company” Litigation, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law and Securities Regulation. In addition to being listed in Chambers USA and The Legal 500 United States, Ralph Ferrara was named Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Washington Lawyer” in the field of securities in 2013.

Ferrara currently practices law with Proskauer in Washington, DC, where he concentrates primarily on securities litigation and white-collar defense and investigations. Together with fellow members of his team, he provides a full range of legal services to clients and advises them in areas such as shareholder derivative suits, United States Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement, class actions and white-collar prosecutions. Ralph Ferrara frequently helps corporations address important consumer financial services issues and counsels boards of directors and corporate officers on government enforcement proceedings and corporate internal investigations.

Ralph Ferrara earned his LL.M. from George Washington University Law School and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He spent a significant portion of his career as General Counsel with the SEC and served as Branch Chief in the agency’s Division of Enforcement. Ferrara also held leadership positions with two internationally recognized law firms in Washington, DC.

Ferrara is admitted to practice law in the U.S. Supreme Court, six U.S. Courts of Appeals, three U.S. District Courts and the District of Columbia Superior Court.

Industry Expertise (1)

Legal Services

Areas of Expertise (2)

Securities Litigation

White Collar Defense & Investigations

Accomplishments (3)

Securities Law (professional)


Securities Docket - Enforcement 40

Top Washington Lawyers - Securities (professional)


Washingtonian Magazine - Top Washington Lawyers list for securities

Best Lawyers in America (professional)


Best Lawyers in America list in nine separate categories

Education (2)

The George Washington University Law School: JD, Law

University of Cincinnati: LLM, Law

Affiliations (6)

  • Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Advisory Council
  • CCH Securities Regulation Advisory Board
  • Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council
  • The Review of Financial Services Regulation
  • American Bar Association
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law

Languages (1)

  • English