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As a litigator, Ben’s first priority is to advise clients in a manner that keeps them out of the courtroom so that they can effectively predict and manage the cost of legal services. Ben has a diverse practice representing regional banks, private businesses, and non-profit entities in litigation and pre-litigation disputes. He has negotiated resolutions of commercial lease disputes, breach of contract claims, partnership disputes, construction defect claims, insurance and bad-faith claims.  Prior to joining Steptoe & Johnson, Ben practiced with the law firm of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky.

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®, Insurance Law (2021-Present), Litigation - Real Estate (2022-Present)
A.M Best Client Recommended 2018
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association

Key Experience

Successfully litigated matters concerning commercial and residential real estate disputes, breach of contract claims, partnership disputes, business dissolutions, construction defect claims, and transportation issues
Obtained summary judgment in favor of lending bank against former mortgagor asserting claims for violation of statute governing release of liens, and for the tort of outrage upheld by the Kentucky Supreme Court
Obtained summary judgment in favor of bank engaged in the provision of mortgage brokerage services against former customer who had been defrauded by the title agent

Work Experience

2018 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2006-2018 McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie, and Kirkland PLLC
2003-2006 Wiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd.

Speaking Engagements

"Are Transgendered Individuals a Protected Class in the Workplace?," Business First, Legal Forum, November 14, 2014

"The HR Deposition Demystified," Kentucky SHRM Conference, September 24, 2014

"Digging for Gold: Social Media and the Discovery Process," Louisville Bar Association, BARbriefs, June 2014

"A Consumer Review Web-Site has Posted Harmful and Untrue Comments About My Business. What, if Anything, Can be Done to Remove the Post?," Business First, Legal Forum, October 11, 2013

"Should I Become “Friends” with a Judge?," Business First, Legal Forum, April 12, 2013