Ben Verney guides highly regulated industry clients through complex litigation matters and investigations. He has helped clients defend against hundred-million dollar contract and fraud claims, nearly decade-long toxic tort claims, antitrust reviews and injunction proceedings, and state attorneys general and grand jury investigations. He has assisted a wide range of clients and has significant experience in the energy and construction industries.
Ben's experience serving energy sector clients includes deposition practice and managing discovery efforts in complex commercial disputes as well as construction and pipeline development litigation. He served on a team that successfully defended Texas Keystone against a billion dollar claim for interests in Iraqi Kurdistan oil fields, a claim that involved litigating in federal court, London Commercial Court, and international arbitration. He has guided a major natural gas exploration and production client through environmental regulatory scrutiny, tort litigation, and government investigations. He also served on a team that helped a client reach successful settlement in a $56 million state court claim related to construction costs of a 88-turbine wind farm. In addition, Ben has assisted clients gain federal and state antitrust clearance in a number of industries, including health care, telecommunications, aerospace, and food processing. In 2016, he assisted in the defense of Aetna from the federal antitrust challenge to its merger with Humana.
Ben has actively participated in the Firm's immigration and anti-human trafficking pro bono initiatives. Recently, he successfully petitioned the Third Circuit on behalf of a client seeking cancellation of deportation proceedings.
- American University (J.D. magna cum laude 2010; Order of the Coif; Note and Comment Editor, American University Law Review); Wake Forest University (B.A. in Political Science cum laude 2007)
- Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and U.S. Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" for commercial litigation in 2021
- Internship with Justice J. Michael Eakin, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (2008)