Benjamin G.Minegar (Ben)

Associate

Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.7205

Ben Minegar helps clients navigate difficult and novel legal problems. He focuses mainly on appellate litigation and dispositive motions practice in trial courts. At the appellate level, he has drafted briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, seven U.S. Courts of Appeals, and state courts of last resort on issues ranging from class action procedure, to statutory interpretation, to the reach of constitutional provisions. He has also argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. At the trial level, Ben has briefed dispositive motions in federal and state courts across the country in, for example, numerous putative class actions involving complex financial products, a putative breach of contract class action against a major internet commerce platform, and several multimillion dollar ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) actions involving questions of first impression. Ben also has experience helping clients respond to proposed and final action by federal agencies, including in the rulemaking and adjudication processes.

Before joining Jones Day, Ben served as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Before law school, he worked as a percussionist in a variety of musical settings.

Experience

  • Platform compels arbitration in business-to-business putative class action alleging breach of contract and fraudJones Day obtained an order compelling arbitration in a business-to-business putative class action lawsuit brought against a services platform by its business partners, alleging the platform improperly breached its contracts and violated the Illinois consumer fraud statute.
  • Surface mining company defeats Notices of Violations and Cessation Order on appealJones Day appealed a federal Interior Board of Land Appeals' administrative decision fining Amerikohl Mining, Inc. for sedimentation runoff from timbering activity conducted by a third party on property in Western Pennsylvania.
  • Wells Fargo obtains denial of class certification in RMBS trustee litigation alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in lossesJones Day represents Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., in a putative class action alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in classwide losses to investors on notes issued by two residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) trusts for which Wells Fargo serves as trustee.
  • Additional Publications

    • February 11, 2019
      Consumer contracts Q&A: United States, Thomas Reuters
    • January 2019
      Mini-Roundtable Defending Class Actions, Corporate Disputes

    Speaking Engagements

    • June 18, 2020
      U.S. Supreme Court Update--Proceeding Amid a Pandemic--Presented by Pitt Law Dean Amy J. Wildermuth and Ben Minegar, Jones Day
    • February 20, 2020
      First-Year Law School Subjects in the "Real World": Legal Analysis & Writing, Pitt Law Academy Lecture Series
    • January 22, 2018
      I'm Taking This All The Way To The Supreme Court: Effective Appellate Advocacy, Q. Todd Dickinson IP American Inn of Court
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