Biography

Ben is a trial attorney focused on patent litigation. Prior to joining Verrill, Ben spent nearly 20 years practicing in large international law firms.

His extensive experience includes numerous trials in federal and state courts throughout the country, as well as in matters before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Ben works with clients to use litigation to resolve disputes, achieve business objectives, and manage risk. He is particularly skilled in quickly identifying core issues and crafting a clear and consistent strategy for success. His strong background in both intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation provides for a multifaceted approach to his cases.

Ben's patent cases encompass a broad range of technologies including telecommunications, software, semiconductors, data storage systems, SMS messaging, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), speech recognition, video monitoring product, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods. Ben also has substantial experience litigating against non-practicing entities and has resolved many such cases successfully.

Public service is an integral part of Ben's practice. Earlier in his career, he served as a special assistant district attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, where he prosecuted cases involving violent crime, financial fraud, and other offenses, and tried a variety of cases to juries and judges. Ben was also appointed as a special assistant attorney general to represent the Governor of Massachusetts and was named special counsel to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners.

Ben is also active in his community and the legal profession, serving on the board of the Federal Bar Association IP Section, in leadership roles at his synagogue, on the board of the Brookline Innovation Fund, which helps develop new classes for Brookline High School, and on the board of Crossroads, which prepares young people in Massachusetts for postsecondary success and empowers them to become leaders.

Services/Industries

Education

  • New York University School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Swarthmore College  (B.A., With Distinction)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Public Service

  • Board of Trustees, Crossroads
  • Board of Trustees, Brookline Innovation Fund
  • Board of Trustees, Temple Israel of Boston (2014-2020)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • Board Member, Federal Bar Association, IP Section
  • Boston Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association

Honors

  • Rising Star, New England Super Lawyers (2008-2009, 2011-2014)

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Firm Highlights

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

News

Michael K. Fee to Lead Verrill’s Nationally-Recognized Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Amidst Recent Changes

(August 31, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to announce Michael K. Fee as the new leader of Verrill’s nationally-recognized Health Care & Life Sciences Group. The Group has a long history of representing a...

Blog

MPUC Issues Order Setting Forth “Discrete Electric Generating Facilities” Safe Harbor

Today, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) issued an Advisory Ruling establishing a safe harbor for the determination whether a generation facility is a Discrete Electric Generating Facility for the purposes of qualifying for...

Publication/Podcast

Zoom ADR: Best Practices for Virtually Every Virtual ADR Event

As the post-COVID-19 “new normal” comes into focus, it is unlikely that civil jury trials will happen in many jurisdictions until at least the spring of 2021. For family law matters, cases involving children...

Publication/Podcast

Domestic Discovery for Foreign Arbitrations? Now Three Circuits Say “No”

Well, that didn’t take long! Earlier this month I posted a short piece describing a two-to-two circuit split on the question of whether a foreign private arbitration panel is a “foreign or international tribunal&rdquo...

Event

2020 Life Sciences Venture Summit, Part One

We are happy to be sponsoring Maine Center for Entrepreneurs' 2020 Life Sciences Venture Summit. Join for its first of three parts to hear about new tech transfer and commercialization assets in Maine. Never...

Event

Employee Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Restrictions: Traps for the Unwary

On Tuesday, October 6, employment and labor attorneys Tawny Alvarez and Scott Connolly will be presenting with The Middlesex Corporation Vice President and General Counsel Joshua Wernig for Verrill and ACC Northeast's program, Employee...

News

Verrill Partner Recognized as a Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyer

(August 25, 2020) – Verrill partner Roger A. Clement, Jr. was recognized in the inaugural 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers for excellence in his practice. Lawdragon introduced the first edition...

Matter

2017 Emera Distribution Rate Case

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

Blog

MPUC Adopts Safe Harbor for Determination of “Discrete Electric Generating Facilities,” a Qualification for Net Energy Billing and Distributed Generation Programs

Yesterday, all three Maine Public Utilities Commission Commissioners agreed to adopt a new standard for the determination of what facilities qualify as “discrete electric generating facilities” under the MPUC’s Distributed Generation and Net Energy...