Ben is a partner specializing in representing persons in medical malpractice, personal injury, civil rights, products liability, nursing home, contingent-fee commercial disputes, and other complex civil litigation matters.
Ben has a State-wide practice and has successfully tried numerous cases in Maine’s state and federal courts and the courts of other states.
Significant recent decisions include:
Hemond v. Frontier Communications of America, Inc., et al. (Vt. Sup. Ct. 2014). $22.5 million jury verdict on behalf of electrical utility lineman who suffered bilateral, below-the-knee amputations resulting from high-voltage electrical operations. The verdict followed a three-week jury trial in Chittenden County (Burlington), Vermont, and is the second highest jury verdict in Vermont history.
Purington v. Midwest-Price Co. (Me. Sup. 2011). $300,000 jury verdict on behalf of family of driver killed by collision with tractor trailer. Tractor trucking company denied fault for the crash.
Parker v. City of South Portland, No. 06-129-P-S (D. Me. 2007). Unanimous jury verdict and award of $111,000 in a civil rights claim on behalf of a man shot by police with a Taser weapon.
Parker v. Gerrish, 547 F.3d. 1 (1st Cir.2008). The first Federal appeals decision in the U.S. to affirm a civil rights verdict involving the use of a Taser.
Bouchard v. United States, 501 F.Supp.2d 200 (D. Me. 2007). Judgment of $1.1 million on behalf of motorist injured in collision with Federal Border Patrol officer.
Patrons Oxford v. Luce, 905 A.2d 819 (Me. 2006). Appeal upholding right of injured party to enforce stipulated judgment against insurance company through a reach-and-apply action.
Ben grew up in Portland, Maine and graduated from Deering High School in 1989, where he captained the varsity ice hockey team. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, where he earned dual majors in Philosophy and Government.
Following college, Ben served as Political Director to Congressman Tom Allen during his successful primary campaign for U.S. Congress.
Following graduation from the Yale Law School in 1999, Ben returned to Maine to work as a law clerk to the Honorable Kermit V. Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
From 2000 through 2003, Ben practiced law at the New York City office of Latham & Watkins LLP. Ben represented clients in securities fraud, qui tam, whistleblower, Medicare fraud, and intellectual property cases.