John Ladd plays an integral role in the success of Carmen Group clients he represents before Congress, the Administration and federal government agencies. As the leader of Carmen Group’s Education practice for over a dozen years, John advises large university presidents on a regular basis and has in particular developed a long-term record of success serving Historically Black Colleges and Universities. John also leads Client Strategic Groups (CSG) focused on education technology solutions in areas including software creation, broadband service and device manufacturing.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, John led a CSG of HBCUs on the Gulf Coast and achieved changes in existing law to provide for $400 million in emergency loans, to be repaid over 30 years, at one percent interest with no capital or interest repayments during the first three years. The loans enabled the four universities to rebuild from the devastation of Katrina and Rita, and significantly contributed to the recovery of New Orleans. More recently, a significant modification of the Katrina loans was achieved through further legislation and work with the Department of Education, Department of the Treasury, and the Office of Management and Budget.
In the telecommunications sector, John led the Capitol Hill efforts for SoftBank’s $21.6 billion purchase of Sprint in 2013, the then largest foreign investment into the United States during the Obama Presidency. The successful purchase produced an improved wireless network and a more competitive Sprint.
John also led a CSG comprised of safety-net hospitals in the District of Columbia to correct a major technical error in Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) legislation in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The hard fought victory, included in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, amounted to an additional $50 million annually in perpetuity from the Federal Government to the District’s DSH serving hospitals, helping them serve those who need hospital care most in the District’s Medicaid program.
Prior to his work at Carmen Group, John served as general counsel to several start up corporations in the technology sector. Prior to that, John was chief subcommittee counsel of the Committee on the Judiciary in the U.S. House of Representatives under Chairman Henry J. Hyde. While at the Committee, he served as the lead counsel in the House during passage of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.
A Chicago area native, John received his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and is a graduate of Tulane University, where he studied Spanish for a year at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He is active at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, the Bishop Ireton Father’s Club, and in the Boy Scouts of America. He lives in Alexandria with his wonderful wife Beth and their three sons Jack, Charlie and Ethan.