Biography

Ben is a litigator who focuses on intellectual property disputes and other complex disputes involving technology. Prior to joining Verrill, Ben spent nearly 20 years practicing in international law firms.

His extensive experience includes numerous trials in federal and state courts, 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 on demand, 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's broad and active pro bono practice includes both federal district court and appellate litigation, with a particular focus on civil rights issues.

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, Temple Israel of Boston
  • Board of Trustees, Brookline Innovation Fund

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

Aquaculture

Verrill represents both growers and coastal landowners regarding leasing and licensing of aquaculture enterprises.

Matter

Protection of Private Coastal Property Rights for Conservation of Intertidal Habitat

Verrill successfully represented coastal landowners in first-impression litigation against a Canadian seaweed harvesting company with global operations to determine who owns the sea plants that are growing on private intertidal property in Maine. In...

Blog

First Circuit Acts on Appeal by South Portland Pipeline Company

On January 10, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit acted on the Portland Pipe Line Corporation’s (PPLC) appeal of the district court order upholding a South Portland zoning ordinance that...

News

Michael K. Fee to Lead Verrill’s Health Care and Life Sciences Defense Practice

(January 22, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to welcome Michael K. Fee to the firm’s Boston office as a Partner in its nationally recognized Health Care & Life Sciences Group and as the leader...

Event

AHLA Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Institute

In January, attorneys Kate Heffernan and Andrew Rusczek will be presenting at the American Health Lawyers Association's Academic Medical Centers and Teaching Hospitals Institute conference in Arlington, VA. The conference is designed to address...

News

Prominent Attorneys Join Verrill’s Family Law Practice

(January 23, 2020) – Verrill is pleased to welcome attorneys Nancy O’Donnell and David Friedman to the firm’s Boston office as the newest members of its Family Law Group. The addition of O’Donnell and...

Blog

Podcast: The Legal Perspective of Creating a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace

Event

Annual Employment Law Update: HR 2020 Vision for the Future

Publication/Podcast

More Proposed Changes to CCPA Geared to Health Care and Life Sciences Industries

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) took effect on January 1, 2020. Days later on January 8, 2020, the California Senate Health Committee unanimously approved Senate bill A.B. 713 (the “Bill”) to...

Publication/Podcast

Is the New U.S.-China Agreement What Was Prescribed?

The trade relationship between China and the United States has been top of mind for businesses over the past year. In spring 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping denied the U.S. Government's request to end...