Biography

Ben helps his clients reach their full potential. Whether helping out in his parents' flower shop in California or building retail stores in New York, Ben knows firsthand that the best product in the world means nothing unless you have the right people to make it and sell it. In any competitive market, a company's success depends on its ability to build multidisciplinary teams. Companies that fall back on outdated assumptions risk being surpassed by those that recognize the potential of a diverse workforce.

When it comes to providing legal services, Ben puts these principles into practice. Whether it's a Norwegian company looking for a foothold in the U.S. or an entrepreneur working in her basement to perfect seaweed harvesting techniques, the client benefits from Ben's well-rounded approach to problem-solving.

Mindful of his pre-law experiences, Ben took to his legal studies with a unique sense of perspective. With the help of his professors at Vanderbilt University Law School, Ben crafted a course of study designed to explore specific business challenges from a legal perspective. The result of this intensive study was a series of articles discussing novel approaches to business problems that combined proven business principles with highly sophisticated legal tactics. Many of those articles have been published in leading trade publications and form the basis of Ben's practice.

Whether addressing a jury or a group of concerned business owners, Ben loves speaking about the law. He is as comfortable in a courtroom as he is in a boardroom. His passion for good ideas pervades every case he argues, and every article he writes.

When not at work, Ben can be found on the water racing sailboats or cruising around in his vintage 1959 Lyman Sleeper. Yes, he restored it himself (ask him to show you a picture).

Services/Industries

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School  (J.D.)
  • University of New Hampshire  (B.A., summa cum laude)

Public Service

  • Member, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project's Pro Bono Panel

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Board Member, Maine Marine Trade Association
  • Board of Advisors, University of New England North
  • Shipping and Logistics Working Group, Arctic Economic Counsel

Honors

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Transportation/Maritime, Employment Litigation: Defense and Business Litigation

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Firm Highlights

Blog

Compromise Reached in Maine Workers’ Compensation Reform

Governor Mills has signed into law amendments to the existing Workers' Compensation Act that are the product of a bipartisan effort to avoid a series of proposed legislation that would have had the very...

Blog

Identifying and Handling a Hostile Work Environment

Employee claims of “hostile work environments” continue to make news both in Maine and on a national level, putting potentially embarrassing and damaging workplace and employee interpersonal issues into the public eye. But when...

Publication/Podcast

2019 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

On Thursday, January 31, members from Verrill Dana's Labor and Employment group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics...

Blog

EEOC Announces EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data Collection WON'T Be Renewed

Yesterday, September 11, 2019, the EEOC announced that it will not seek to renew collection of EEO-1 Component 2 Data for 2019, 2020, and 2021. This does not impact employer's current EEO-1 obligations to...

Publication/Podcast

What Do Connections to the Arctic Do For Maine?

On January 7, 2019, the Bangor Daily News published an article by attorney Benjamin Ford that discussed economic development strategies, "Maine Must Stay the Course in Arctic Connections." Since Maine's economy cannot maintain stable...

Publication/Podcast

Let's Talk Commercialization with Attorney Benjamin Ford

On January 22, 2019, the Portland Press Herald published an opinion editorial authored by labor and employment attorney Benjamin Ford. The opinion editorial, entitled "Maine Voices: Innovation is so 2018 - Let's Talk Commercialization,"...

Blog

Five Employment Law Traps For CFOs Tasked with HR Oversight

Overseeing human resources -- a hat that many CFOs wear -- may mean having to make crucial decisions about hiring and policy, performance management and discipline, and employee terminations. Such decisions may affect HR...

Blog

The Sharpie and Employment Litigation Documentation

Blog

Tip: Administrative Assistants Only Rarely Are Exempt From Overtime Pay

Blog

Overtime Update to Have Wide Reaching Effect on Employers