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A Nashville native, Ben began his legal career with Hollins, Raybin & Weissman after graduating from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2010.


In his practice at the firm, Ben has defended hundreds of clients against misdemeanor citations as well as misdemeanor and felony arrests, and has also worked on several civil cases involving personal injury and civil rights matters.  He has briefed and argued cases before the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Ben has appeared multiple times in both television and print news giving interviews on trending legal cases and issues.


From 2011 to 2012, Ben took a one-year hiatus from the firm to serve as a law clerk for Judges Jane B. Stranch and Gilbert S. Merritt, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. As a law clerk, Ben assisted the judges with dozens of cases in several areas of law—such as criminal (state and federal), civil rights, personal injury, employment, contracts and constitutional.


While at Vanderbilt, Ben was Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review, in which he published a Note on federal criminal law: “Objection: Your Honor is Being Unreasonable!” Law and Policy Opposing the Federal Sentencing Order Objection Requirement, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 235 (2010). The article has been cited by two federal courts and in more than a dozen briefs.


Prior to law school, Ben attended the University of Chicago—graduating with honors. He is a graduate of the TBI, Metro Police, and Tennessee Highway Patrol Citizens Academies, in which participants learn firsthand about law enforcement procedures, structure, and investigation. Outside of work, Ben enjoys coaching the USN mock trial team, cheering the Tennessee Titans to victory, attending art shows featuring the work of his talented sister Jaime Raybin, and traveling with his wife Sarah. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Nashville Temple.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
  2. Appeals: 10%
  3. Civil Rights: 10%
  4. Personal Injury: 10%

Payment

Fees:

Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

424 Church St Ste 2200
Nashville, TN, 37219-2374

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TNActive201001/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Scholastic Excellence AwardVanderbilt University Law School2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateHollins, Raybin & Weissman2012 - Present
Judicial Law ClerkU.S. Court Of Appeals, Sixth Circuit2011 - 2012
AssociateHollins, Raybin & Weissman2010 - 2011
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Association for JusticeN/A2010 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2010 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Nashville Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. SprungerSupreme Court vacated forfeiture and returned money to client.
Blackwell v HaslamCourt found firearm prohibition unconstitutional
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Vanderbilt Law Review“Objection: Your Honor is Being Unreasonable!”2010
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vanderbilt University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
University of Chicago Law SchoolPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ethics and ProfessionalismDealing with Media in High Profile Cases2015
Handling a Criminal Case - Tiptoeing Through the Mine FieldsLearning from Experience –So Your Client Has Been Charged2014
Fundamentals of Federal Appellate PracticeAppellate Practice Tips from the Judicial Clerks’ Perspective2014