Biography

Ben practices with the firm's Litigation and Environmental Practice Groups, where he represents clients from individuals to large public and private companies, in state and federal courts and arbitration. When the stakes are high, Ben’s clients trust his sound judgment and rigorous advocacy. Whether litigating a contentious and decades-long environmental case or moving fast to get in front of a client’s problem, Ben is relentless in understanding the business issues underlying the legal dispute.  He has experience with a wide variety of complex litigation, including commercial disputes, environmental and professional liability, and intellectual property claims. Ben has particular focus on representing businesses in environmental cleanup litigation and representing the news media in First Amendment, defamation, privacy, and Freedom of Access/Freedom of Information matters.

Before joining Preti Flaherty, Ben served as law clerk to the Honorable John A. Woodcock, Jr. at the United States District Court, District of Maine. While in law school at the University of Wisconsin Law School, he served as Managing Editor of the Wisconsin International Law Journal.

Ben lives in Falmouth, Maine, with his wife and two sons.

Honors & Recognition

  • Recognized in New England Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star," 2014 - 2020

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine
    • Board of Directors
  • Georgetown University
    • Chairman of the Alumni Admission Program Committee for the State of Maine
  • Dan Cardillo Charitable Fund
    • Board of Directors and Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Leadership Maine, Silver Class, Maine Development Foundation
  • Rippleffect
    • Fundraised, and rappelled down the side of Portland's largest building, in support of 2015 Rappel for Rippleffect campaign

Firm Highlights

Press Coverage

Court Orders State Police to Reveal More Details About Misconduct by Troopers

Previously concealed records of trooper misconduct by the Maine State Police must be provided in response to public records requests by the press, according to a ruling by Judge William R. Anderson of Penobscot Superior...

Publication

Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...

News

Sixteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Sixteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

Publication

What Are My Options If My H-1B Registration Was Not Selected?

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals performing work in a “specialty occupation.” This typically requires an offer of employment in a job requiring at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree...

News

Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, and Ellie Quinby filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced labor, intimidation, coercion...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police Announces Restructuring After 3 Weeks of Declining to Share Details

On June 10, the Maine State Police announced plans to reorganize troop deployment and delegation of manpower in line with revised law enforcement priorities. The announcement follows several weeks of secretive posturing and a lack...

Publication

Primary Round-Up

Primary Round-Up As you are probably aware, primary elections in Maine took place on Tuesday, June 14, and there were a handful that could be significant to the general election outcome in November. Congressional...

Press Coverage

Five Major Norwegian Salmon Companies Agree to $85 Million Settlement in Antitrust Case

Preti Flaherty announced today that a Miami federal Court has granted preliminary approval to an $85 million settlement agreement in an antitrust case involving alleged price fixing of farmed salmon sold in the United...

News

Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Second Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of grants from the Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 from June 1-15, 2022. The...

Publication

How Does the Collapse of Roe v. Wade Impact Employer Health Plans?

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its prior decisions in  Roe v. Wade  and  Planned Parenthood v. Casey , which held that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion or...