Ben Aguiñaga's practice focuses on constitutional, appellate, and complex civil matters before litigation begins and through appeal.
Before clients enter litigation, Ben helps them assess litigation risk, regulatory compliance, and potential constitutional and legal challenges. For clients in trial court, Ben drafts dispositive motions and motions for injunctive relief designed to deliver complete and early victories for clients in high-stakes matters. And for clients whose cases are on appeal, Ben has a deep appellate practice through which he has drafted briefs in numerous federal and state appellate courts and has argued cases before the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits.
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 United States 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 United States 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.
- Louisiana State University (J.D. summa cum laude 2015; Valedictorian; Production Editor, Louisiana Law Review; Champion: Tullis Moot Court Competition and Chancellor's Cup Moot Court Competition); Baylor University (B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy cum laude 2012, with minors in Mathematics and History; Honors Program Scholar with distinction)
- District of Columbia, Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court
- Chief of Staff and Counsel, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice (2017-2018)
- Law Clerk to: Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., U.S. Supreme Court (2018-2019); Judge Edith H. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (2016-2017); and Justice Don R. Willett, Texas Supreme Court (2015-2016)