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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®
    A.M Best Client Recommended 2018
    Kentucky Bar Association
    Louisville Bar Association
    Illinois State Bar Association
    Fayette County Bar Association

    Key Experience

    Obtained summary judgment in favor of volunteer special deputy based upon exclusive remedy provision of the Workers' Compensation Act
    Obtained defense verdict, with damages awarded for counter-claim, in breach of contract construction case after plaintiff claimed in excess of $500,000.00 in damages
    Obtained summary judgment in favor of defendant on plaintiff’s claims for assault, battery, defamation. and for violations of his rights under the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983

    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