Louis G. Ferrand Jr., 70, who retired in 2007 as legal adviser to the secretary-general of the Organization of American States, died Dec. 29 at Capital Caring hospice in Arlington County. He had encephalitis, a swelling of the brain.
His wife, Mary Ferrand, confirmed the death.
Mr. Ferrand, an Alexandria resident, joined the OAS in 1990 and for several years was director of the office of general legal services. Among other duties, he was a primary negotiator on matters involving representatives of governments and agencies of OAS member countries.
His legal career began in 1971 when he was hired into the honors program at the Justice Department. He became a trial lawyer in the Civil Rights Division’s employment section and tried cases involving allegations of racial discrimination.
In 1976, Mr. Ferrand continued his civil rights legal career at the Department of Labor. He helped spearhead a litigation unit that focused on discrimination in employment by federal government contractors, especially discrimination based on sex.