Biography

Ben helps clients navigate the complex environmental regulatory and litigation landscape of renewable energy development, brownfields due diligence and acquisition, and Superfund cleanups.

Ben also works closely on general environmental compliance issues surrounding electrical utilities in his role supporting firm Chairman Ben Wilson with his duties as Court-Appointed Monitor for the Duke Energy coal ash spill remediation project.

Ben’s core practice areas include:

  • Navigating the myriad environmental issues that arise in renewable energy development from land acquisition to environmental permitting to end-of-life waste management;
  • Guiding clients through the acquisition and leasing of brownfields, including due diligence and risk management;
  • Advising clients on defending against Superfund liability and negotiating remediation plans at major cleanup sites across the nation;
  • Litigating complex Superfund and tort matters arising out of historical contamination and present-day cleanups; and
  • Designing and implementing environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance systems to ensure regulatory compliance, especially in the electrical utility sector.

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 office.

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.