Biography

Ben practices regularly in the areas of land remediation, hazardous waste management, environmental due diligence, and corporate compliance monitoring.

He maintains a general environmental practice that encompasses complex environmental litigation, regulation, and project development.

Representative matters include:

  • Supporting firm Chairman Ben Wilson with his duties as Court-Appointed Monitor for the Duke Energy coal ash spill remediation project.
  • Advising multiple Fortune 500 companies on navigating the full spectrum of issues arising during the Superfund remediation process.
  • Advising a state transportation agency on the adequacy of its NEPA analysis for a highway expansion project.
  • Defending the subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company against CERCLA cost recovery and state law tort claims for historical contamination at an active silicone manufacturing facility—litigation has included a novel and successful statute of limitations argument barring “remedial” costs, the overcoming of multiple innocent landowner defenses to hold plaintiff liable in contribution, and a trial on equitable allocation.

Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, Ben studied at Harvard Law School, where he served as a managing editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Prior to law school, Ben worked as a lobster fishery biologist and research diver for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute.

Ben is located in Chapel Hill, NC, and practices out of our Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC offices.

Education

  • Brown University  (B.Sc., with Honors, 2009)
    • Marine Biology
  • Harvard University  (J.D., cum laude, 2014)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • North Carolina

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

Ben maintains an active pro bono practice, which has included successfully prosecuting a wrongful eviction claim, advising a major conservation non-profit on establishing conservation and marine protected areas in a British overseas territory, and drafting non-profit incorporation documents. He currently represents a state inmate in a post-conviction appeal.