Benjamin G.Minegar (Ben)

Associate

Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.7205

Ben Minegar is a trial and appellate lawyer dedicated to helping clients navigate through difficult and novel legal problems in commercial litigation. He has broad experience defending against class actions, briefing and arguing appeals involving questions of first impression, and challenging government conduct under state and federal laws. Ben has drafted briefs on complex legal issues before the U.S. Supreme Court, eight U.S. Courts of Appeals, multiple state appellate courts, state and federal trial courts across the country, arbitration panels, and administrative agencies. He has also argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Ben's recent experience includes successfully briefing a motion to compel individual arbitration for a major online and mobile food ordering platform in a putative class action asserting breach of contract and statutory fraud and successfully defending that victory in mandamus proceedings in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. For a global technology company, Ben also served as a key member of a Jones Day team challenging the constitutionality of a federal statute under the Bill of Attainder Clause and separation of powers principles. He also recently drafted an amicus brief for a technology company that helped persuade a state supreme court to hold that the Fourth Amendment does not apply to automatic license plate readers used during criminal investigations.

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.

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 defends lawsuit brought by ERISA plan trustees relating to RMBS trustsJones Day is representing Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in a complaint filed by certain ERISA plan trustees against numerous defendants related to the servicing of securitized mortgage loans.
  • 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.
  • 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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