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Kenneth D. Ackerman

Phone: (202) 789-1212
Fax: (202) 234-3550

Ken Ackerman is an Of Counsel attorney at OFW Law and concentrates his practice on Federal crop insurance, agriculture programs, cases before the National Appeals Division, related litigation, and legislative affairs. He has spoken and written extensively on these issues over a long career of senior positions on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch. Ken’s crop insurance practice has included assisting participating insurance companies, farm producers, grower organizations, and developers of new insurance products.

Before joining OFW Law, Ken was Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Manager of its Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). He also served as Counsel to two U.S. Senate Committees: the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (1988-1993) under then Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and the Committee on Governmental Affairs (1975-1981) under Senator Charles H. Percy of Illinois, and held senior legal positions at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (1981-1988). Ken is a prolific writer of historical biographies; his writing websites can be found at http://www.kennethackerman.com/, www.ViralHistory.com, and www.ViralHistoryPress.com.

Ken was born in Albany, New York and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1973 and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. He teaches workshops and seminars on both writing and legal matters at the Bethesda Writers Center and TheCapitol.net. Ken serves on the Board of both the Bethesda Writers Center and the Washington Independent Review of Books and is Managing Editor of a small publishing house he created called Viral History Press LLC. He was profiled in Government Executive magazine in 1997 and included by National Journal that year in its “Washington 100” list of top Federal decision-makers.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1976

Education

  • Brown University, B.A. (Psychology & Political Science), 1973
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor, 1976

Special Agencies

  • Farm Service Agency
  • Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
  • Risk Management Agency
  • National Appeals Division

Books

  • Young J. Edgar: Hoover and the Red Scare 1919-1920s
  • Boss Tweed: The Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York
  • Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield
  • The Gold Ring: Jim Fisk, Jay Gould, and Black Friday
  • Abraham Lincoln's Convention: Chicago 1860

Articles and Presentations

Browse Ken Ackerman's posts on the Ag/FDA Blog