Ben practices in the firm’s Business Services Group and specializes in intellectual property law, franchise law, and business and commercial transactions.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 2008
  • Mississippi, 2013
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Education & Honors

  • Wake Forest University, J.D., 2008
    • Moot Court Board, Problem Book Editor and Competition Chair
  • The College of Wooster, B.A., Political Science, 2004
    • Phi Sigma Tau

Experience

  • Franchise.  Advises franchisors on compliance with federal and state franchise and business opportunity laws; drafts franchise disclosure documents; provides representation on franchise-related business transactions and disputes
  • Trademarks.  Represents various types of business and organizations on trademark matters, including obtaining and maintaining federal trademark registrations and enforcing trademark rights
  • Websites and Domains.  Counsels on enforcing intellectual property rights on websites and in e-commerce; assists in removing unauthorized, infringing and counterfeit products and services online; drafts website terms of use and privacy policies; assists in obtaining and disabling internet domain names
  • Supply and Licensing.  Drafts supply agreements for product manufacturers; negotiates vendor agreements for the sale of products and services; assists with intellectual property licensing transactions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions.  Provides representation and support on the purchase and sale of assets and businesses in various industries  

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, "It's a Good Time to Franchise Your Business - Can You Do It?" Mississippi Business Journal, ​July, 2015.
  • Author, "Three Things Outside Counsel Can Do to Impress Their Franchisor Clients," The Franchise Lawyer, Vol.15, No. 2 (Spring 2012).
  • Author, ​"Ethical Issues Facing an InHouse Franchise Counsel," Presentation at the International Franchise Association's 2012 Legal Symposium in Washington, D.C., May 2012.
  • Author, “The Art and Science of FDD Drafting,” Presentation at the American Bar Association Forum On Franchising’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, October 2014.