Orchid Law, PLLC was founded to provide legal services for businesses operating in the firearms industry. By combining practical legal and regulatory services, firearms companies can enlist the services of our advising attorneys who will work with them as a trusted advisors who are aware of their unique position and legal obligations. In addition to legal services, Orchid Law has created relationships with other firearms industry specialists to broaden the spectrum of legal and professional services available to clientele.
Philip D. Milks, Orchid Law
Philip’s practice focuses on keeping his clients compliant with federal and state firearms laws and assisting with general transactional matters. Previously leading Remington Outdoor Company’s compliance function for all manufacturing facilities and currently serving clients with Orchid Advisors as a regulatory consultant, Philip has dedicated his professional career to serving businesses within the firearms industry from the largest manufacturers to the smallest start-up company. His experience covers the range of issues faced by firearms businesses, from initial licensing, through product development, commercial transactions, regulated technology implementation, due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, and sunsetting of Federal Firearms Licenses.
Partner Firm Attorneys
Dr. Stephen Halbrook, Attorney
Firearms and Constitutional Law
Dr. Halbrook’s concentration is in the area of Constitutional Affairs. He is one of the most prominent attorneys in the firearms industry having represented manufacturers and the industry at large in the Supreme Court. He is an accomplished author focused on the rights of US citizens to bear arms and has written several position papers on Federal and State legislation.
Read Attorney Halbrook’s latest article, “To Bear Arms for Self-Defense: A Right of the People” or a Privilege of the Few? Part One of a Two-Part Series. 21 The Federalist Society Review 46 (2020).“
Camden Webb, Williams Mullen
Firearms Law and Litigation
Camden advises the firearms industry, including manufacturers, retailers and government contractors on firearm-related matters. As a partner in their Litigation Practice, Camden also represents clients in difficult litigation matters. Camden’s experience includes intra-corporate and intra-partnership disputes; conflicts arising from corporate transactions; and litigation involving financial institutions. Camden is a Partner at Williams Mullen.
Charles E. “Chuck” James, Jr., Williams Mullen
Firearms Law and Litigation
Charles E. “Chuck” James, Jr. provides legal counsel to members of the firearms industry on state and federal firearms laws and regulations. He previously served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia’s Richmond and Alexandria Divisions and the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Washington, D.C. As part of their White Collar & Investigations practice, Chuck represents individuals and corporations in state and federal investigations, including grand jury and trial matters. Chuck is a Partner at Williams Mullen.
Clay Cheshire, Munitions Law Group
Firearms Corporate and Regulatory Compliance
Clay Cheshire represents firearms, ammunition, and explosives companies every single day, throughout the United States and internationally. Clay Cheshire is one of the most experienced, skilled Firearms Industry corporate and regulatory compliance lawyers in the United States. Clay is co-founder of Munitions Law Group.
Jon Rydberg, Orchid Advisors
Firearms Manufacturing Operations
Jon Rydberg is CEO of Orchid Advisors and Outdoor Payment Solutions where he oversees the operations of four privately held business entities in the outdoor sporting goods industry/ Currently, he is leading the development of an integrated software and services solution that serves over 2,200 retailers, 65% of NSSF 5 Star Ranges and the manufacturers who produce over 70% of US firearms. Jon and his team are focused on modernizing the consumer experience beginning with product manufacture, product search, online and in-store purchase and the after-sales expertise. Jon is an expert in regulated business operations having dedicated time equally to serving multi-national Fortune 500 companies and the outdoor sporting goods industry. He has played an active role in ERP / POS implementation, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain management and public company financial reporting. Jon is the founder of the largest regulated firearms consulting firm (Orchid Advisors) and the Firearms Industry Compliance Conference. He was previously employed by Ernst & Young LLP, United Technologies Corporation, Protiviti Global Consulting, and Smith & Wesson.
Jordan Young, Orchid Advisors
Export Practice Lead
Jordan brings more than 16 years’ experience as a firearms industry executive to Orchid Advisors, having held management positions at major U.S. and international firearm manufacturers and importers, including Remington Arms Company, Para-Ordnance and Dasan U.S.A., among others. He has an extensive background in firearms and ammunition import and export permitting and licensing, international trade logistics and international business development and commercial activity. With a strong understanding of firearms manufacturing, assembly and import / export activity, Jordan has integrated regulatory solutions into daily business operations to help firearms companies operate more efficiently and in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Jason brings his experience as a Senior Defense Export Analyst at the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) to companies using or seeking to use ITAR export agreements (TAAs, MLAs, WDAs) to conduct ITAR-controlled business activities with non-U.S. partners. At DDTC, Jason reviewed, adjudicated and counseled industry and government stakeholders regarding more than 1,500 defense export applications and submissions, with a total value exceeding $42 Billon. His experience spans all U.S. Munitions List controlled exports; however, he specialized in licenses for arms, ammunitions, electronics and training. Prior to his departure from DDTC in May 2018, Jason was the licensing officer for all ITAR agreements submitted by the firearms and ammunition industry. Jason is a U.S. Air Force retired veteran who holds a Top Secret/SCI eligible security clearance.