Ben practices in the interrelated areas of estate planning, probate litigation,
and elder law (including Medicaid eligibility). He assists clients with
simple and complex estate planning, focusing on the needs of the elderly,
retirees and near-retirees, high net worth clients, clients with special
needs, same-sex couples, and young families. Licensed in New Hampshire,
Massachusetts, and New York, Ben can advise clients whose personal affairs
spread across multiple states. Ben also represents clients in probate
disputes following the death of a loved one. Ben is sensitive to the emotionally-charged
aspects of such matters, creative in reaching a negotiated or litigated
resolution, tenacious when necessary, and efficient in avoiding unnecessary
Prior to joining Shaheen and Gordon, Ben was the William J. Brennan Fellow
at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union, where he
worked in the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. Following law school,
Ben clerked for the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the U.S. District Court
for the District of Connecticut and the Honorable William A. Fletcher
of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
While in law school, Ben was part of a clinical team that litigated a damages
action on behalf of a non-citizen who was wrongly detained and deported
from the United States; the case eventually reached a successful resolution.
He was also a Notes Editor on the Yale Law Journal and a Comments Editor
on the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.