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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Clerkships

  • The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet, District of Delaware (2000-2001)

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

Blog

Identifying Plan Assets in ERISA Health & Welfare Plans

Last month, we advised readers of this blog to consider efforts to formalize the fiduciary governance of their health and welfare benefit plans. In that post , we described some of the reasons that...

Blog

ESG Ping-Pong®

The recent regulatory back-and-forth over the investment of ERISA-governed retirement plan assets based on environmental, social, and corporate governance (“ESG”) factors has demonstrated that ESG investing will remain under an intense spotlight for some...

Matter

Representative Litigation Matters

Represented one of the nation's largest geotechnical subcontractors in claims against a major general contractor arising from construction of pier improvements at an East Coast naval facility Led defense trial team in a four-week...

Matter

Verrill Helps Hancock Solar Project Obtain MDEP Permit, Protect Upland Sandpipers

The 14-megawatt Hancock Solar project in the town of Hancock, Maine has obtained its Site Law permit from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Verrill assisted the project with environmental permitting, which included the...

News

Nine Verrill Attorneys Named Top Lawyers in Fairfield County

(April 8, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to announce nine of the firm’s attorneys in its Westport, Connecticut office were ranked as Top Lawyers in Fairfield County by Moffly Media, the publishers of popular...

News

Verrill Attorney Gregory Fryer Recognized as Top Author in JD Supra 2021 Readers Choice Awards

(April 8, 2021) – Verrill attorney Gregory Fryer was recognized as a top author for finance and banking in JD Supra’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards . The top ten authors were selected for each...

Blog

Verrill Attorneys Present on Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation

The energy and environmental landscape is constantly evolving. On Tuesday, April 22, 2021, Halfmoon Education Inc. presents a full-day, virtual program, "Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation," which will highlight the current...

Publication/Podcast

Employers Required to Give Free COBRA Coverage to be Offset by Medicare Tax Credits

Among other things, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides “assistance eligible individuals” (“AEIs”) who lose their health insurance coverage under an employer’s group health...

Event

Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation

On Thursday, April 22 attorneys Bill Harwood and Scott Anderson will be presenting for HalfMoon Education Online Learning's Issues in Maine Energy and Electric Utility Regulation, an interactive webinar. In the webinar, attendees will...

Publication/Podcast

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Contours of the Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in Internal Investigations

In Attorney General v. Facebook, Inc. , No. SJC-12496 (March 24, 2021), [i] the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court clarified the scope of protection afforded by the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine to...

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