J. BenjaminAguiñaga (Ben)

Associate

Washington + 1.202.879.3655

Ben Aguiñaga's practice focuses on constitutional, appellate, and complex civil matters.

Ben has drafted numerous motions, including motions to dismiss and motions for preliminary injunctions, and his representations span all substantive areas of law. Among other matters, he is currently representing a major technology company in a breach-of-contract dispute; a major telecommunications company in a matter that involves cutting-edge constitutional and administrative law issues; a biotechnology company in litigation against the Food and Drug Administration; and a major airline in litigation involving the Helms-Burton Act. He also maintains an active pro bono practice and was recently appointed by the Seventh Circuit to represent a pro se habeas petitioner in his appeal.

Before joining Jones Day, Ben served three clerkships, including to Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. of the United States Supreme Court. He also served as the chief of staff of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he helped manage Division affairs and facilitate communication with DOJ leadership, other agency officials, and external stakeholders.

Between law school and his first clerkship, Ben served on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked with Senator Ted Cruz's chief counsel and judiciary staff.

Ben won several moot court competitions and best brief/best oralist awards while in law school. Through his law school's legal clinic, he also argued before the Louisiana Supreme Court in a pro bono matter and obtained reversal on ex post facto clause issues.

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