Ben brings a winning combination of big picture strategies and a collegial approach to his work defending employers against employment discrimination claims. A diverse range of clients value his defense against Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claims, as well as his counsel on ADA issues such as reasonable accommodation and service animal requests in order to avoid future claims.
He also frequently advises on wage and hour matters, including auditing employee classifications to minimize potential employer liability, and defends clients against class action litigation. Ben has helped clients efficiently navigate a wide array of labor and employment issues, from OSHA investigations to non-compete matters to labor disputes.
An experienced litigator, Ben handles claims under Title VII, the ADA, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and related state and local laws. His federal, state, and administrative level experience includes several prominent federal jury trials in Illinois, as well as state and administrative litigation throughout Wisconsin.
Before joining Michael Best, Ben clerked for the Honorable P. Michael Mahoney, one of the longest serving magistrate judges in the Northern District of Illinois prior to his retirement. In this capacity, he observed all types of hearings and multiple jury trials from behind the bench, and also drafted a precedent-setting decision addressing the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. In addition to his labor and employment work, Ben is a member of the firm’s Agribusiness, Food & Beverage Industry Team, focusing on food and beverage producers, and in particular, the burgeoning craft brewing industry.