A Bay Area native [and sixth generation Californian], Benjamin’s focus of practice includes general litigation, federal and state criminal defense, family law, business law, and real estate. Ben’s firm works closely with the Law Office of Eric J. Proos in assisting businesses that seek compliance with the new California cannabis licensing laws.
Prior to law school, Ben worked as an assistant in the Presidential scheduling office of the Clinton White House, served as a finance and policy advisor to several senatorial campaigns, fund-raised for the Democratic National Committee, and managed a state house race in Arizona. Ben also was the deputy campaign director for a successful Los Angeles City Council race.
Prior to becoming an associate and then a partner in two separate Beverly Hills law firms, Ben worked for both Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Offices, concentrating his prosecutions on the criminal street gangs of Los Angeles. Ben served for several years as a Judge Pro Tem in Los Angeles County Superior Court, being the youngest lawyer to be asked to sit while serving on then-Governor Schwarzenegger’s Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Ben is a founding member of AIPAC’s young leadership in Los Angeles, has been a member of the Young Men’s Division of the Guardians for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, received the honor of 2008 “Man of the Year” award from Israel Cancer Research Fund’s young leadership group, Visions, and co-created and sat on the Board of Angela’s Angels which is a California not-for-profit providing electronic medical and entertainment items to pediatric wards of hospitals throughout Southern California.
In 2006, Ben was honored with a lifetime commission from the Governor of Kentucky as a Kentucky Colonel, and in 2014, Ben was appointed Vice-President of Temple B’Nai Hayim in the San Fernando Valley. Ben also has provided service to “Reading for Kids”, SOVA food bank, the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Association, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and has signed on to start work with the American Association of Missing Children.
Ben received his undergraduate degree in political science and economics at the University of Arizona and his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. Ben also earned a degree from the University of Houston Law School through their international law program in Mexico City at the Universidad de Panamericana.