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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Scholastic Excellence Award||Vanderbilt University Law School||2009|
|Associate||Hollins, Raybin & Weissman||2012 - Present|
|Judicial Law Clerk||U.S. Court Of Appeals, Sixth Circuit||2011 - 2012|
|Associate||Hollins, Raybin & Weissman||2010 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Tennessee Association for Justice||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|Nashville Bar Association||N/A||2010 - Present|
|State v. Sprunger||Supreme Court vacated forfeiture and returned money to client.|
|Blackwell v Haslam||Court found firearm prohibition unconstitutional|
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|Vanderbilt Law Review||“Objection: Your Honor is Being Unreasonable!”||2010|
|Vanderbilt University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|University of Chicago Law School||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2007|
|Ethics and Professionalism||Dealing with Media in High Profile Cases||2015|
|Handling a Criminal Case - Tiptoeing Through the Mine Fields||Learning from Experience –So Your Client Has Been Charged||2014|
|Fundamentals of Federal Appellate Practice||Appellate Practice Tips from the Judicial Clerks’ Perspective||2014|