Ben concentrates his practice on compliance and governance issues confronted by institutions of higher education. He has extensive experience with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), ADA/Section 504, the Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and Title IX, as well as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other employment matters. He focuses on reviewing, amending and drafting institutional policies to ensure they meet the needs of the institution while remaining in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. He also spends substantial time auditing schools for federal compliance purposes.
Before joining Husch Blackwell, Ben worked in the Office of General Counsel for Valparaiso University located in northwest Indiana. There he advised school officials on a wide range of legal matters, prepared responses to discrimination complaints filed against the university, drafted and negotiated contracts, and ensured the university remained in compliance with current laws and regulations.
Prior to law school, Ben worked for two years as a high school special education teacher and dedicated his time to supporting students who faced challenges both inside and outside of the school environment. He collaborated with colleagues, students and parents in determining necessary accommodations and had the responsibility of making sure they were appropriately implemented. He also coached football and baseball during this time.
Member of football team