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Ben is a white collar criminal defense lawyer and complex civil litigator. His white collar practice focuses on the defense of individuals in Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations and enforcement actions. His civil practice focuses on tech-facing clients in the areas of trade secrets, breach of contract, and funder and founder disputes. He has successfully tried cases in both state and federal courts and has briefed or argued appeals at every level of the federal and California courts.
From 2016-2018, Benchmark Litigation named Ben to its Hotlist of top litigators in the United States under the age of 40 and a Future Star in 2018. In 2015, Ben was recognized by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Under 40 lawyers in California. In 2018, Ben was named a Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation and was named a Rising Star in White Collar Criminal Defense and Business Litigation from 2014-2017. Ben serves on the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is also a member of the NACDL’s White Collar Committee. He is a frequent speaker on topics including white collar crime, trade secrets, and legal ethics.
Prior to joining Durie Tangri as a partner in 2016, Ben was a shareholder of Caldwell Leslie & Proctor in Los Angeles and, prior to that, an associate at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco. Ben began his legal career as law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ben received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, where he founded the Capital Assistance Project, and his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, where he was a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar and a Harry S. Truman Scholar.
- B.A., Duke University, 1999
- J.D, Yale Law School, 2003
Last updated October 2018