Dedicated Nashville criminal defense lawyer
A Nashville native, Ben began his legal career with Raybin & Weissman after graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2010.
In his practice at the firm, Ben has defended hundreds of clients against various misdemeanor and felony charges, and has also worked on several civil cases involving personal injury and civil rights matters. He has briefed and argued cases before the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Ben has appeared multiple times in both television and print news giving interviews on trending legal cases and issues.
From 2011 to 2012, Ben took a one-year hiatus from the firm to serve as a law clerk for Judges Jane B. Stranch and Gilbert S. Merritt, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As a law clerk, Ben assisted the judges with dozens of cases in several areas of law—such as criminal (state and federal), civil rights, personal injury, employment, contracts and constitutional.
While at Vanderbilt, Ben was Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review, in which he published a Note on federal criminal law: “Objection: Your Honor is Being Unreasonable!” Law and Policy Opposing the Federal Sentencing Order Objection Requirement, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 235 (2010). The article has been cited by two federal courts and in more than a dozen briefs.
Prior to law school, Ben attended the University of Chicago—graduating with honors. He is a graduate of the TBI, Metro Police, and Tennessee Highway Patrol Citizens Academies, in which participants learn firsthand about law enforcement procedures, structure, and investigation. Outside of work, Ben enjoys coaching the USN mock trial team, cheering the Tennessee Titans to victory, spending time with his cats Biscuit and Lacey, and traveling with his wife Sarah. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Nashville Temple.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee
Professional Bar Association and Memberships
- Nashville Bar Association
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Wrongful arrest for domestic violence prompts calls for change, December 28, 2017
- Featured in the Tennessee Bar Association Journal: Pardon Me-How Executive Clemency Works in Tennessee (and How It Doesn’t), August 1, 2016
- Featured in the Tennessean: Big Changes to Davidson Jail Work Credit Policy Raise Concerns, July 26, 2016
- Featured on WSMV Channel 4 News: Debate Swirls Around Tennessee’s Forfeiture Law, Dec 15, 2015
- Featured on WSMV Channel 4 News: Gay Marriage Supreme Court Case, Nov 04, 2015
- Featured in The Tennessean, September 29, 2015
- Featured in TBA Today, June 20th 2014
- Featured in The Tennessean: Walmart Case, May 25th 2013
- Featured in The Tennessean, March 23rd 2013
- Featured in The Tennessean: Villegas Case, March 4th 2013
Past Employment Positions
- Raybin & Weissman, Associate, 2010-11, 2012-
- Judge Jane B. Stranch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Law Clerk, 2011-12
- Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Law Clerk, 2012