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Overview

Ben helps corporate clients, privately held companies and public entities accomplish large-scale energy and environmental projects.

Ben counsels clients on energy and environmental legal matters. From pipelines to wind farms, and from oil and gas transactions to environmental permitting/enforcement, Ben obtains positive outcomes for clients operating within industrial, manufacturing, chemical, agricultural, mining, telecom and energy sectors. Ben also regularly assists clients with large-scale real property transactions and assists clients with utilizing contaminated property for beneficial use.

Before turning his attention to the law, Ben served as a biologist and an environmental scientist with an international engineering firm and he also assisted the government relations team of a Fortune 500 energy company with understanding and adapting to regulatory changes. Ben understands the science and engineering behind clients’ work, and he is as comfortable discussing project technicalities as he is legal regulations. His industry experience with deadlines and operational demands helps him streamline legal solutions for projects while mitigating risk, thus ensuring his client’s projects move from blueprints to reality.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • Great Plains Super Lawyers, Environmental and Natural Resource Law, Rising Star, 2018-2019
  • Kansas & Missouri Super Lawyers, Environmental Law, Rising Star, 2017

Education

  • J.D., Washburn University School of Law
    • Oil and Gas Law certificate
    • Natural Resource Law certificate
    • Business and Transactional Law certificate with distinction
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award - Water Resource Law
    • Dean’s Honors
  • B.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • Iowa
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Nebraska Trustee
  • Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA), Natural Resources and Environmental Subsection, Chair
  • Nebraska Industrial Council on Environment (NICE)
  • Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association (KIOGA)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), Environmental Law Committee, former Co-Chair
  • Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), Midwest Section, former Board Member

Languages

  • Spanish, conversational
Experience
  • Advised on construction of first U.S. hydrogen plant, representing utility company.
  • Obtained, reviewed and provided advice on phase I and II environmental site assessments (ESA) for wide variety of clients across business sectors.
  • Regularly facilitates both asset and stock transfers of waste, energy and construction companies.
  • Guided both developer and investor clients through permitting and diligence process for windfarm construction.
  • Mitigated environmental penalties for accidents stemming from pipeline ruptures, permit violations, regulatory shortcomings and spills.
  • Conducts internal audits of risk and response programs.
  • Facilitated permit acquisition associated with large-scale pipeline rights of way.
  • Reviewed and structured multi-phase tax-driven solar projects.
Outside the Office

Ben loves to be outdoors.

Whether hunting/training with his much-loved Labrador, Echo, fishing with his daughter, Rory, or skiing/boating with his wife, Karla, Ben is happiest when he’s outside. He is also very excited to instill a passion for the outdoors in his son, Behrend, who was born in September of 2018. When he can’t be outside, Ben loves to cook and/or to discuss the latest developments in beer, bourbon and BBQ.

Community Leadership
  • Mustaches for Kids Omaha
  • Ducks Unlimited, Shawnee Mission Chapter, former Vice President
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • United Way of Greater Kansas City, former Campaign Manager
  • Pheasants Forever

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