Benjamin E. Ford

Counsel
T: (207) 253-4828
  • Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 2009)
  • University of New Hampshire (B.A., 2006), summa cum laude

Highlights

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Law at the Water Line explores admiralty law and marine industries and trades. 
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Selected for inclusion in the 2016 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars©.

Biography

Ben is passionate about helping his clients reach their full potential.  Whether it was helping out in his parent’s flower shop in San Mateo, CA or building retail stores in Long Island, NY, Ben learned firsthand that the best product in the world means nothing unless you have the right people to make it and sell it. He learned that the most polished business plan is nothing more than a stack of paper without the right people to make that business come alive. Indeed, in any competitive market, a company’s success depends on its ability to access the best talent. Companies that fall back on outdated assumptions risk being surpassed by those who recognize the potential in their workforces regardless of age, gender, race, or other arbitrary characteristics. Ben believes that with the right policies in place, employment laws can provide a structure for success, rather than an impediment to profits. It is with this focus that Ben advises his clients.

Mindful of his pre-law experiences, Ben took to his legal studies with a unique sense of perspective. With the help of his professors at Vanderbilt University Law School, Ben crafted a course of study designed to explore specific business challenges from a legal perspective. The result of this intensive study was a series of articles discussing novel approaches to business problems by combining proven business principles with highly sophisticated legal tactics. Many of those articles have been published in leading trade publications and they form the basis of Ben’s practice today.

Whether it is to a jury or a group of concerned business owners, Ben loves speaking about the law. He is as comfortable in a courtroom as he is in a boardroom and his passion for good ideas pervades every case he argues, and every article he writes.

When not at work, Ben can be found on the water racing sailboats or cruising around in his vintage 1959 Lyman Sleeper. Yes, he restored it himself (ask him to show you a picture).  

Public Service

Member, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project's Pro Bono Panel

Memberships

Board Member, Maine Marine Trade Association

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 2009)
  • University of New Hampshire (B.A., 2006), summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 2009

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 2009

Honors

Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under 
    Transportation/Maritime, Employment Litigation: Defense and Business
    Litigation