Biography

Ben is a litigator who focuses on intellectual property disputes and other complex disputes involving technology. Ben spent nearly 20 years practicing in large 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

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...

News

Verrill-law.com Named “Best in Category” at 18th Annual Horizon Interactive Awards

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Matter

Community Service

Portland Regional Chamber, Chair (2012-14) Trustee (2008-16; 2019- present) Portland Community Chamber of Commerce, President (2019- ) Trustee (2016-present) Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Trustee (2009 - present) Project Green Schools, Advisory Trustee (2017-present...

Blog

BABLO Issues Guidance on Reopening

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Publication/Podcast

PPP Math for the Self-Employed: And, Yes, There is Still Time

The Small Business Administration reports that as of May 23 it still had nearly $150 billion of untapped Paycheck Protection Program funds. The Program has been underutilized by self-employed business owners, in part due...

Matter

Political Service

Mayor, City of Portland (2005-2006) Portland City Council (2002-2008) Portland City Council Transportation Committee, Chair (2002-2005) Jetport Master Planning Committee, Chair (2005-2007) Greater Portland Transit District, Trustee (2002-2005) Narrow Gauge Rail Alignment Committee, Chair...

Publication/Podcast

Webinar Materials: Avoiding Risk & Litigation in the COVID-19 Work Environment

On May 28, Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez and MassPay's Paul Carelis presented "Avoiding Risk & Litigation in the COVID-19 Work Environment" and discussed unknowns and liabilities for businesses when returning to work begins. Our...

News

As the Economy Reopens, Businesses Must be Aware of Possible Lawsuits

On May 11, the Bangor Daily News published an article, "Lawsuits may be next battleground for businesses as pandemic economy reopens," where legal experts give insight on the lawsuits to come as businesses begin...

Blog

Hand Sanitizer Relief for Distilled Spirits Extension