Benjamin W. Graham is an associate at Williams & Connolly and focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation and international arbitration. Outside the firm, Ben is also a Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School, where he teaches a seminar on Advocacy in International Arbitration.
Ben’s recent experience has focused on representing clients at trials and evidentiary hearings, advising at various stages of international disputes subject to arbitration, and engaging in dispositive-motion practice for complex civil cases. He has argued dispositive motions on behalf of clients in both state and federal court, and examined witnesses before both juries and arbitrators. Ben's clients include sovereign states, multinational corporations, and AmLaw-100 law firms.
Originally from Missouri, Ben earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis. He spent a year on an academic fellowship in Berlin, Germany, before attending Yale Law School, where he won the school’s top prize for trial advocacy.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Ben’s experience includes:
- Winning a complete defense verdict as trial counsel for an AmLaw-100 law firm in a legal malpractice action.
- Winning a complete defense award as second-chair trial counsel for a major private equity firm in an UNCITRAL arbitration seated in New York.
- Winning a complete defense award as trial counsel for a global project-finance company in an ICC arbitration seated in Madrid, in which the claimant sought more than $450 million in damages.
- Securing dismissals in several actions against one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical benefits managers, including qui tam actions seeking more than $200 million in damages in the federal courts of Delaware and New Jersey.
- Securing dismissals in several actions against one of the nation’s largest healthcare companies, including a putative class action alleging ERISA in California federal court and a qui tam alleging False Claims Act violations in Pennsylvania federal court.
- Securing judgment on the pleadings for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in a product liability suit heard in the federal courts of Missouri and Louisiana.
- Representing an American medical device manufacturer as trial counsel in an SCC arbitration seated in Sweden, concerning allegations of trademark infringement.
- Representing a sovereign state in federal court in the District of Columbia to contest the enforcement of an arbitral award rendered against a state-owned subsidiary.
- Representing a Colombian medical-device distributor in an international CPR arbitration seated in the United States, which concerns significant issues of arbitral jurisdiction.
- Representing an American healthcare company in an earn-out dispute subject to the rules of the German Arbitration Institute.
- Representing a foreign sovereign in a state-to-state arbitration under the auspices of a bilateral, natural-resource treaty.