Ben can be reached at:
Telephone: 617.467.5392 (direct)
Employment Discrimination and Civil Rights
Executive Advocacy and Contract Negotiation
National Security and Security Clearance Law
Ben is an employment lawyer with broad experience in domestic and international
law and policy. Ben primarily practices before the Massachusetts
Commission Against Discrimination and state and federal courts, focusing on civil
rights and employment discrimination matters in the private workforce and for employees
in state and federal government; and as Of Counsel at GLG, Ben has an exciting
and successful employment discrimination class action practice both before the MCAD
and the Courts.
Ben also has a focused practice representing federal employees in
security clearance matters before the Director of Personnel Security of the Office
of Personnel Management and the Merit Systems Protection Board, as well as other
national security cases and concerns. Their clients include a broad array of special
agents and investigative staff with federal agencies including: the Federal Bureau
of Investigation ("FBI"), the Office of
Personnel Management ("OPM"), and the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA").
Prior to joining GLG in 2010, Ben served as the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator
at the Boston Housing Authority's Office of Civil Rights. There, he developed and
administered the Authority's Reasonable Accommodation Policies, serving public housing
applicants and residents, Section 8 applicants and participants, and advising employees.
Ben was also the chief Civil Rights Investigator at the Boston Housing Authority.
He investigated allegations of civil rights violations, working in conjunction with
Authority staff and local law enforcement agencies.
Ben provided reasonable accommodation, civil rights and fair housing training internally
and throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and continues to do so.
Admitted to practice in the State and Federal courts of Massachusetts and the Federal
Circuit Court of Appeals, Ben is also a certified mediator, and chaired the Mediation
and Diversity Project at the Boston Housing Authority, providing mediation services
to public housing residents, Section 8 participants, employees and the community
at large. Ben continues to provide mediation services as part of his practice. Ben
also conducts seminars on fair housing and reasonable accommodation law and policy,
both at local law schools and within the greater Massachusetts community.
Further focusing on his housing discrimination practice, Ben has been appointed
by Commissioner Jamie Williamson to the Massachusetts Fair Housing Coalition,
where he works with the Massachusetts housing community, the MCAD, HUD, and the
Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney Generals Office to promulgate
effective housing discrimination regulations and guidelines, as well as MCAD training
programs for landlords, and public housing and Section 8 housing providers throughout
Prior to moving to Boston, Ben worked with the Liberian Working Group toward creating
a war crimes tribunal to address unresolved parts of the conflict surrounding the
Sierra Leone civil war and jurisdictional matters outside the mandate of the Special
Court for Sierra Leone.
Ben grew up in East Greenwich, RI, and is a graduate of the University of Rhode
Island. Ben earned his JD from Syracuse University School of Law, his Master's Degree
in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and his
Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Studies at the Institute for National
Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University.