As a litigation attorney in the firm's Torts & Products Liability Defense Practice Area, Benjamin Heffley provides counsel to insurance companies, municipalities, corporations and individuals in matters relating to personal injury, civil rights and class action defense, insurance coverage, commercial disputes and real property actions.
Prior to joining the firm, Ben was an associate at Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux, LLP where he appeared in matters before the U.S. District Court, appellate and trial courts in New York State, as well as the Federal Communication Commission.
Ben received his bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Colorado's Sturm College of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York.
Ben is a member of both the New York State and Albany County Bar Associations.
- Served as trial counsel in a motor vehicle personal injury action in the Albany County Supreme Court.
- Successfully defended a resort in an action by a guest who slipped and fell on black ice, obtaining summary judgment before trial.
- Successfully defended a municipality on appeal of a malicious prosecution claim, obtaining dismissal of the action.
- Served on the defense team for a race track in a case involving a traumatic brain injury to a child. After eliciting damaging trial testimony from the plaintiff’s treating speech pathologist, and preparing motions to preclude the plaintiff’s experts from testifying, the matter settled on terms favorable to the defense.
- Assisted in the defense of a music festival in a personal injury case brought by an injured concertgoer.
- Contributed to the defense of a ski mountain in an action by a guest who fell from a lift, including the cross-examination of the plaintiff’s orthopedic surgeon. The jury found in the mountain’s favor and awarded no money to the injured skier.
- Served on the defense team representing a chain of car dealerships in a consumer class action.
- Successfully defended a commercial landlord against an attempt to pierce the corporate veil in a wrongful eviction action, gaining leverage to negotiate a favorable resolution.
- Obtained summary judgment in a breach of contract action for the sale of commercial goods and prepared the brief in support of the decision in the subsequent appeal. The Appellate Division upheld the lower court’s ruling.
- University of Denver School of Law, J.D., 2010
- Colorado State University, B.S., 2006
- New York, 2011
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Associate
- Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux, LLP, Associate
- Ehrlich & Arcodia, P.C., Law Clerk