AREA OF PRACTICE

Litigation & Arbitration

Biography

Benjamin Chew is a seasoned litigator who serves his clients by resolving their most critical litigation problems. Drawing on over 25 years of courtroom experience, Ben has successfully handled a variety of high-stakes litigation throughout the United States and abroad on behalf of prominent individuals, businesses, trade associations and foreign governments. His long list of successful representations includes international celebrities, such as Cher and Johnny Depp, major defense contractors, large software companies, and other multinational corporations, as well as the governments of Ecuador, Honduras, and Dubai. Ben is fluent in Spanish.

Ben's experience includes counseling clients in legal matters related to class action, intellectual property, government contracts, breach of contract, healthcare, Lanham Act, advertising, Uniform Commercial Code, defamation, products liability, bankruptcy, real estate, employment, insurance, civil rights, fraud, and RICO litigation, as well as in shareholder derivative suits and partnership disputes.

Ben's strong professional reputation has lead him to be named a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and voted by his peers in the legal community onto the Best Lawyers in America List for Commercial Litigation.

Ben remains committed to pro bono, currently representing an African-American University of Virginia honors student in a civil rights action.

Representation

Before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Ben represents plaintiffs and defendants in adversary complaints, preference actions and related matters.

Represents one of the five largest U.S. defense contractors, prosecuting claims of breach of contract, Lanham Act violations, conspiracy and tortious interference, and patent infringement.

Served as co-counsel for class representative Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in securities class action litigation before the Eastern District of Virginia. That case resulted in the second-highest settlement of its kind in the history of the district.

Counseled a large multinational corporation against the Sandinista Government of Nicaragua in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Recently secured the dismissal—upheld in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit—of a multimillion-dollar conspiracy and tortious interference complaint against a major software company.

Secured dismissal on summary judgment of multi-million dollar conspiracy and tortious interference claims relating to a major DITRA procurement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Served as counsel for plaintiffs in landmark class action discrimination cases against the U.S. Department of Agriculture— settled for $1.2 billion and settled for $760 million.

Successfully defended multidistrict action on behalf of a dietary supplements manufacturer in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Won intellectual property/corporate opportunity case in U.S. District Court in Reno, Nevada, preserving company’s right to ownership of process at issue and zeroing out plaintiffs’ claim for more than $100 million in damages.

Represented the Government of Dubai and won dismissal of petition to enforce a large arbitration award in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 360 F. Supp. 2d 136 (D.D.C. 2005).

Represented the Republic of Honduras and won summary judgment defeating multinational corporation’s claims for breach of contract and fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, upheld by the Eleventh Circuit. 40 F.3d 380 (11th Cir. 1994).

Successfully prosecuted case for current Prime Minister of Georgia in the European Court of Human Rights (2012).

Secured acquittal for defendant in a EULEX criminal trial in Kosovo, thereby allowing the client to retain the country’s telecommunications concession, as described in “Importing the Rule of Law to Kosovo,” January 1, 2014.

Won summary judgment for major U.S. shipbuilder in a breach of contract case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division).

Successfully defended case for multinational insurance company in the Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond Division).

Represented the daughter of Edith Hill in pro bono case—Judge ruled that Hill can return home to Princess Street (“Cher, yes that Cher, fights to help 96-year-old keep her Virginia home,” March 17, 2015).

Won comprehensive injunctive relief for government contractor in RICO/patent infringement/breach of contract case in the Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk Division).

Prosecuted successful derivative action claim on behalf of multiple investors, including Cher, against major pharmaceutical company.

Education

University of Virginia School of Law – J.D., 1988
Princeton University – B.A., 1984

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Virginia
Republic of Kosovo

Languages

Spanish
Publications
Co-author, “Defending Trade Associations in Products Liability Cases: Voluntary Assumption of a Duty to Consumers,” March 2006
Speaking Engagements
Co-presenter, “Wearing Two Hats – How In-House Lawyers Ethically Balance the Role of Lawyer and Business Advisor,” ACC National Capital Region’s Signature Luncheon on Ethics, McLean Virginia, October 20, 2016
Awards and Honors
Best Lawyers in America
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers