Ben focuses his litigation practice on health-related matters, including representation of pharmaceutical manufacturers in consolidated proceedings and individual cases in state and federal courts.  He regularly deposes treating physicians and expert witnesses, has worked extensively with experts and company witnesses in complex cases, and has experience in strategy development and managing teams.  Ben’s trial experience includes first-chair work as well as playing a trial support role for lead counsel in various cases.  In addition to his product liability work, Ben has experience representing clients in class actions, commercial disputes, employment matters, medical professional liability cases, and personal injury suits. 

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2004
  • Mississippi, 2004
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Western
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern

Distinctions

  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law, Class of 2013
  • Senior Attorney, Litigation, Federal Express Corporation, 2010-2012
  • Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford Law School

Education & Honors

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2004
    • Executive Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
    • Moot Court Board
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., English, 2000

Experience

  • In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Prods. Liability Lit., Coordinated Proceedings:
    • Superior Ct., Jud. Dist. of Hartford, CT (Complex Lit. Docket)
    • Superior Ct of CA, County of San Francisco, J.C.C.P No. 4863
  • In re: Propecia (Finasteride) Prods. Liability Lit., Coordinated Proceedings:
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, (12-MD-2331 (JG)(VVP))
    • Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Middlesex County (Case No. 623, Civil Action)
  • Mary Christine Lorenz v. Federal Express Corp., U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia; summary judgment for defendant (2012 U.S. Dist. Lexis 116464).
  • Linda Smith v. Federal Express Corp., Chancery Court of Hamilton County, Tennessee (first chair trial counsel); jury verdict for defendant (2011).
  • Assisted trial team in Robinson v. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, et al.; United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, 2009.
  • Howard Johnson, Inc. v. Holyfield, 2009 WL 1349197 (Tenn. Ct. App., 2009).
  • Assisted trial team in Zundel v. Johnson & Johnson, et al.; Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division: Middlesex County, New Jersey, 2009.
  • Zoroufie v. Lance, Inc., 2008 WL 2669105 (W.D. Tenn., 2008).

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, "The Room Where It Happens: Remote Depositions in a Post-COVID World," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 14, No. 2, June 2021.
  • Speaker, “Personal Jurisdiction Post-Daimler: State of Law and Strategy,” International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Mid-Year Meeting, La Quinta, CA, February 11, 2018.
  • Co-Author, “Personal Jurisdiction Post-Daimler – As Plaintiffs Test Exceptions to Daimler’s Narrow Path, All Eyes on Appellate Courts,” 84 Def. Couns. J. ___ (2017).
  • Author, “Good Result Under Apex Doctrine,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 8 No. 3, December 2015.
  • Chapter Author, "Litigators on Experts: Strategies for Managing Expert Witnesses from Retention through Trial," (W.G. Couture & A.W. Haynes eds., ABA Publishing, 2010).
  • Author, “Case v. Law: A Multi-State Survey Concerning Recognition of Medical Monitoring Claims,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 2. No. 4, October 2009.
  • Author, "Lone Pine Orders: A Defense Perspective," ABA Mass Torts Newsletter, Fall 2009.
  • Author, "Obtaining Your First Temporary Restraining Order and Injunction," American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 201 Practice Series: Beyond the Basics, July 2009.
  • Author, “Putting the Horse Back in Front of the Cart – Lone Pine Orders in Multi-Plaintiff Pharmaceutical Litigation,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 2, No. 2, April 2009.
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