Meet the Team
While Ward & Berry may be small in size, the depth and breadth of our knowledge and experience is immense. We are a small firm that caters to the needs of our clients with the attention that they deserve. Our experience, determination and hard work allow us to provide “Big Firm” results for considerably less expense.
Ryan Berry is an accomplished trial lawyer, investigations and compliance counsel. Before co-founding Ward & Berry in 2017, Mr. Berry was a litigation partner in one of the largest global law firms. He has successfully handled significant commercial litigation matters through trial for clients in the national security, technology, and sports and entertainment sectors.
Mr. Berry is experienced in handling international disputes and investigations for government contractors and multi-national corporations. His work in this area has been particularly focused on the False Claims Act (FCA) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Dan Ward is a partner at Ward & Berry, PLLC, a DC-based law firm focused on supporting government contractors.
Dan’s practice focuses on litigation of prime/sub disputes, trade secrets, and business torts. Additionally, Dan serves as outside general counsel for a number of clients. Dan assists his clients with internal and government investigations and has dealt with Inspectors General from a number of USG agencies.
Dan is licensed to practice in state and Federal courts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. Dan holds a security clearance which allows him to assist his clients with sensitive and classified matters.
Ryan C. Bradel leads Ward & Berry’s government contracts practice. Ryan has over a decade of experience in all aspects of federal, state, and local procurement law including representing and counseling some of the foremost companies in the defense, intelligence, contingency operations, private security/private military, base operations support (BOS), weapons manufacturing, construction, information technology, cybersecurity, healthcare, veterans’ affairs/administration, linguist/translation, and energy sectors.
Timothy A. Furin served in the U.S. Army for 22 years and garnered experience across the full spectrum of government contract law matters, primarily as an acquisition law specialist within the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. Mr. Furin is an experienced litigator who counsels and represents contractors of all sizes across all industry sectors in a wide range of government procurement law matters, including contract formation and administration, ethics and compliance, bid protest litigation, and requests for equitable adjustment, contract claims and appeals. Mr. Furin also has extensive experience with rapid acquisition (SBIR, STTR, and OTAs), stability operations, and contingency contracting. Mr. Furin graduated from Temple University and earned his LLM with a specialty in federal procurement law from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.
Alan M. Apple is a Government acquisition law expert who will be active in all areas of the firm’s practice. Mr. Apple served in the U.S. Military for over 23 years dividing his tenure between the United States Navy and U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). As an Army JAG, Mr. Apple was designated as an acquisition law specialist who gathered experience in all phases of the Defense Acquisition System with an emphasis on contract formation issues such as requirement development, acquisition planning, market research, request for proposal development, sole sourcing, source selection, and contract award.
Ali Gallagher focuses her law practice on advising clients in both corporate and regulatory matters. Ali’s background as a serial entrepreneur includes holding C-Suite positions in both publicly traded and private companies, primarily in the areas of medical device commercialization. She has an extensive experience in manufacturing, product labeling and post-market compliance for both consumer goods and Class 1 and Class 2 medical devices and holds several patents globally as an inventor.
Ben brings 25 years of entrepreneurial and transactional experience founding, operating, selling, and advising companies. In advising fellow entrepreneurs, he is able to call upon experience starting and investing in platforms in energy services, telecommunications, structured finance, green energy, biomaterials, specialty chemicals, bulk chemical terminals, consumer packaged goods, personal care, fashion tech, VR/AR, consumer lending, specialty crops, and agriculture/viticulture.
Tyson Marx joins Ward & Berry as a Senior Associate, transitioning from the Navy JAG Corps after eight years of military service in Washington, D.C. Tyson spent the past six years in the Office of the Judge Advocate General on board the Washington Navy Yard. During that time, he served as an administrative law attorney— crafting Navy policy and helping to manage the Navy’s legal assistance mission while regularly briefing senior Navy leadership.
Miles McCann joined Ward & Berry as an Associate in September 2019. His practice focuses primarily on government contracts matters and litigation, though he is active in all areas of the firm’s practice.
Miles earned his bachelor’s degree in Latin and International Affairs from Boston University in 2012, and then graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 2016. Prior to joining Ward & Berry, Miles clerked for the Honorable Christopher Romanyshyn in New Jersey Superior Court and then for the Honorable Mary Ellen Coster Williams in the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Chelsea A. Padgett is an Associate at Ward & Berry. Chelsea graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, cum laude, in May 2020 with her Juris Doctor. Chelsea was a Senior Research Editor on the Florida Law Review – where she also wrote and published her first article in July 2020 on Fourth Amendment privacy rights. Prior to law school, she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Florida in Political Science.
Kerry McCarthy has worked in the legal industry for over 35 years in a variety of roles. She is an integral part of the Firm and though her title is Office Manager, the scope of her work goes far beyond what that title suggests. Ms. McCarthy is in charge of the day-to-day operations of Ward & Berry.
Debra Corr joined Ward & Berry in October 2018. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in history and has over 30 years’ experience as a litigation paralegal. Prior to joining Ward & Berry, she worked for a few firms including one of the largest international law firms for over 25 years and also worked for a prominent hospitality company.
Julia Richbourg joined Ward & Berry as a Legal Assistant in July 2019. She works to assist attorneys with their government contracting and litigation practice. Julia graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in Criminology, and from Northeastern University with a M.A. in Strategic Intelligence & Analysis.