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
  • Rippleffect
    • Fundraised, and rappelled down the side of Portland's largest building, in support of 2015 Rappel for Rippleffect campaign

Firm Highlights

Publication

Changing Control in the Time of COVID: Navigating ‘Change of Ownership’ Prior to PPP Loan Satisfaction.

The Hypothetical Everyone loves a hypothetical, right? So let’s begin with one about Billy Builder: Billy Builder holds 55% of the equity in a construction business he founded way back when the fax machine...

News

Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

Publication

Deadline for PPP Loan Applications Extended to May 31, 2021

On March 30, 2021, President Biden signed H.R. 1799, known as the “PPP Extension Act of 2021,” extending the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline by 60 days – from March 31, 2021 to...

Event

2021 Cannabis Breakfast Series: The Latest on Medical Rules and Dispensary Applications

In this multi-topic session,  Cannabis Business Group  chair  Dan Walker  and  Business Law Practice Group  attorney  Sara Moppin  examine the current state of the Medical Marijuana rules in Maine and present an in-depth walkthrough...

News

Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Statute of Limitations in Coordination of Benefits

Maine Supreme Court Issues Decision in Charest v. Hydraulic Hose Dealing with Unique Statute of Limitations Issue in the Context of the Coordination of Benefits On March 30, 2021, the Law Court issued a...

News

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

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

Event

ABI Northeast Bankruptcy Conference and Consumer Forum

Recent legislation and judicial decisions have changed consumer bankruptcy practice substantially over the last year. Bodie Colwell will join a panel discussion providing perspectives and analysis from the judiciary and debtors’ and creditors’ attorneys regarding...

Event

2021 Cannabis Breakfast Series: Maine Legislative Review

What is happening with cannabis in Augusta and how will it affect your business, your clients, and the industry? Attorney  Dan Walker , chair of Preti Flaherty's  Government Affairs Practice Group , founder of...

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Meeting Notes for June 2021

The following are highlights from the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s meeting of June 8, 2021. Attorney Kate Gatti Rooks Appointed for Partial Term as Administrative Law Judge in Portland Attorney Kate Gatti Rooks was...