Ben's practice focuses primarily on representing policyholders in large or protracted disputes with their insurance companies. Even companies with great insurer relationships may find these relationships sour when facing a huge loss or liability. In these disputes, Ben brings to the table his broad experience as a trained courthouse lawyer, his knowledge of juries and judges, and pragmatic understanding of business interests to get to a favorable resolution for his clients. He has been involved in disputes over all types of policies and in many disparate industries including construction, finance, government agencies and contractors, and licensed professionals, to name a few.
Ben has represented media and entertainment companies, products manufacturers, and financial institutions in a variety of recovery claims and litigation arising out of contract disputes.
Ben cut his teeth on the hardwood paneling of the Supreme Court of New York, in Bronx County, where he investigated and prosecuted a broad range of cases ranging from serial robberies, violent felonies, and cold case DNA prosecutions. He crossed the federal bench to clerk for J. Sandra Feuerstein of the Eastern District of New York. He began litigating complex civil matters in California shortly thereafter, and is licensed to practice in both New York and California.
Now Ben uses his knowledge of juries, judicial interests, and trial practice to effectively communicate technical and complex issues of liability and damages. Whether litigating mortgage insurance coverage, construction defect coverage, malpractice coverage, cyber-liability coverage, or non-insurance litigation over contract breaches, indemnity claims, or IP infringement, Ben is a tenacious advocate who works with deliberative precision rather than brute force.
Ben has been involved in securing a number of significant victories on behalf of his clients by efficiently assessing the leverages involved in each particular case, by using strengths in clients’ cases, and effectively highlighting the weaknesses of an adversary’s case. When a case needs to be tried, Ben knows how to get it there and has done so again and again.
In addition, Ben is part of the firm’s global environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice. As part of his ESG practice, Ben is looking at ways companies can use traditional and non-traditional risk management techniques to prepare for new challenges to established business models.