Biography

Ben focuses his practice on environmental compliance, permitting, and litigation.

He has represented clients in front of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Department of Public Health, planning and zoning commissions, wetlands commissions, and zoning boards of appeal.

Ben's experience includes:

  • Crafting a successful motion to dismiss argument in a Connecticut Environmental Protection Act case of first impression and assisting with drafting the appellate brief to the Connecticut Supreme Court.
  • Representing a Town Health Director in the administrative appeal of a subsurface sewage disposal system application denial and presenting oral argument in front of the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
  • Drafting the admin appeal briefs regarding a Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection permit for the construction and operation of a solid waste facility before the Hearing Officer, Commissioner, and Superior Court.
  • Counseling clients on the purchase of contaminated properties by conducting environmental due diligence and drafting Opinion Letters regarding property status and procedure under the Connecticut Transfer Act.
  • Successfully defending a civil suit brought pursuant to the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act and the Open Space Encroachment Statute.
  • Involvement in all aspects of administrative proceedings regarding permits, variances, site plans, and special exceptions in front of Wetlands Agencies, Zoning Boards of Appeal, and Zoning Commissions.
  • Managing pre-trial discovery in Adverse Possession and Boundary Fence litigation, including drafting interrogatories and requests for production, and defending depositions.
  • Drafting and reviewing municipal ordinances, zoning and wetlands regulations, and plans of conservation and development.

Prior to joining B&D, Ben worked as an attorney in the environmental and land use practice group of a Connecticut-based law firm. He has also served as a clerk for the Hon. Anna M. Moran in the Third Judicial District of the Alaska Superior Court, in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, in the Civil Division of the U.S Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, and in Chittendon County Public Defender's Office in Vermont.

Prior to law school, Ben also participated in the Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.'s Executive Leadership Program while working in their Environmental, Health & Safety Department.

Education

  • Connecticut College  (B.A., 2010)
    • Environmental Science, Economics
  • Vermont Law School  (J.D., 2015)
    • Vermont Law Review, Articles Editor
    • Vermont Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic
  • University of California - Berkeley  (LL.M., 2017)
    • Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law
    • Ecology Law Quarterly, Associate Editor

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Washington

Professional Affiliations

  • ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources – Endangered Species Committee, Articles Subcommittee Co-Vice Chair (2020)