Biography

Ben assists his clients in reaching their full potential. Whether it was helping out in his parent’s flower shop in California or building retail stores in New York, Ben learned first-hand 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 multi-disciplinary teams. Companies that fall back on out-dated assumptions risk being surpassed by those who 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, clients benefit 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 by combining 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
  • University of New England North-Board of Advisors
  • Arctic Economic Counsel-Shipping and Logistics Working Group

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

The Sharpie and Employment Litigation Documentation

Blog

Maine’s New Paid Leave Law: Employer Confusion

On May 28, 2019, Governor Mills signed into law the nation’s first ever paid leave law requiring leave for any reason.  The statute itself is uniquely brief, giving the impression that it is straightforward...

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...

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...

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...

Blog

What Maine Employers Need To Know About Changes In Personnel Practices Following This Legislative Session

On June 26, 8:00-9:30 AM, we are hosting 'What Maine Employers Need To Know About Changes In Personnel Practices Following This Legislative Session' in our Portland office. During this in-person seminar, Verrill Dana and...

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Our Most Recent Episodes in our HR Law 101 Podcast Miniseries: Understanding the HR Basics

Whether you’re the founder of a startup, new to HR, or are looking for a refresher on some of the basics, this podcast miniseries will provide you with the building blocks necessary to successfully...

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," discusses what...

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Summer Break - Massachusetts Employers Get Extension on Paid Family and Medical Leave Implementation

Those closely following the timeline for  implementation of  Massachusetts’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave, are aware that on July 1, 2019, employers were  required to begin to make payroll deductions for the paid leave. ...

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...