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.
- Brown University (B.Sc., with Honors, 2009)
- Marine Biology
- Harvard University (J.D., cum laude, 2014)
- District of Columbia
- North Carolina
- American Bar Association
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.