Ben regularly represents large and small businesses, individuals, and associations in the California appellate courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He leads and consults on high-stakes appeals and writs, including bet-the-company commercial disputes, multimillion-dollar tort actions, major real estate controversies, high-net worth family law litigation, and novel constitutional law challenges.
The National Law Journal called Ben an “Elite Boutique Trailblazer,” the Daily Journal named him one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” in California, Benchmark Litigation twice included him on its “40 & Under Hot List,” and the Bar Association of San Francisco awarded him its “Outstanding Barrister” prize. Super Lawyers has listed him every year for more than a decade. In 2016, the Minority Bar Council of San Francisco presented Ben with its “Unity Award,” for “outstanding commitment to diversity in the legal profession.”
He served as co-chair from 2017-2020, and remains on the section’s executive committee. Over the years, Ben has organized, moderated, and spoken on more than fifty panels with appellate judges, practitioners, and professors on topics related to appellate practice and constitutional theory.
His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the National Law Journal, Daily Journal, Recorder, and Corporate Counsel. He is a regular guest on KALW Public Radio, KGO Talk Radio, and Voice of America broadcasts related to upcoming appellate issues and Supreme Court cases.
Ben served as an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, one of a handful of attorneys from across the court’s 11-state jurisdiction personally selected for the role by the court’s judges. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. Ben also served on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers Club and on the advisory board to OneJustice, an organization that supports California legal nonprofit groups.
Ben clerked for Judge Carlos T. Bea in San Francisco. He also practiced with noted litigators at the national firms Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Williams & Connolly, and was of counsel to the appellate boutique Eisenberg & Hancock.
He was an editor of the Law Review, argued for the national moot court team, and published an article in the Northwestern Law Review on free speech and election law. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Trinity College in Connecticut.
Judge Carlos Bea
Northwestern University School of Law
Elite Boutique Trailblazer National Law Journal
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 Daily Journal
40 & Under Hot List Benchmark Litigation
Super Lawyer Super Lawyers Magazine
Outstanding Barrister Bar Association of San Francisco
Unity Award Minority Bar Council of San Francisco
U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Represented nation’s largest title insurance company in California Supreme Court appeal challenging statutory immunity in class action related to escrow fees.
Represented on appeal class of more than a thousand Hawaii homeowners alleging that a large bank unlawfully reduced competition at foreclosure sales to buy homes at depressed prices and resell them for a larger profit.
Represented real estate agent in appeal of multi-million dollar judgment for fraud and related claims.
Represented high net-worth technology company executive in appeal of fiercely contested family court order.
Represented Texas-based oil concern in appeal arising from contractual dispute with investors.
Represented private trust in appeal by surety liable for debts of a former professional trustee who stole trust assets.
Represented nearly two dozen former United States Senators and Representatives in amici curiae briefs contending President’s acceptance of payments from foreign governments without congressional approval violates Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause.
Represented Chamber of Commerce of the United States and California Chamber of Commerce as amici curiae in brief concerning state’s authority to assess millions of dollars in individual penalties against company for unintentional, temporary computer glitch.
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