​Ben is a member of the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Group with a practice focused on drug and device litigation, general litigation, commercial litigation and professional liability.

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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

  • 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

  • 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, "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.
  • Co-Author, "Recent Developments and ‘Hot Topics,’" International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Corporate Counsel College, 2009.
  • Co-Author, "Consolidation: Tempering the Temptation for Judicial Economy," ABA Section of Litigation Trial Practice Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, Summer/Fall 2008.
  • Co-Author, "Cross-Examining the Personal Injury Plaintiff" Defense Research Institute (DRI) Annual Conference of Young Lawyers Division, 2006.
  • Author, "Order in the Court: Judicial Stability and Democratic Success in Haiti," 37 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 555, 2004.