Ben Horowitz represents clients in a wide array of complex civil matters, including government enforcement actions, consumer class actions, and partnership disputes. Ben has represented clients in bench and jury trials, and has assisted clients beyond the judgment, through collection efforts, managing the administration of class settlements, and on appeal. He also has extensive experience in the conduct of civil discovery, including taking and defending depositions, drafting and responding to written discovery, and managing document collection and production efforts. Ben is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, whether in mediation or arbitration.
- Won outright dismissal of all claims on behalf of client facing federal enforcement action. Venable's motion for sanctions based on government misconduct during discovery was granted in whole by federal judge, and the case against Venable's client was dismissed after years-long litigation and discovery period.
- Successfully quashed federal agency's administrative subpoena in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The D.C. Circuit affirmed on appeal, which was the first time in decades that a federal appeals court struck down an administrative subpoena issued by the federal government.
- Obtained partial jury verdict in dispute regarding existence of a partnership after 5-week trial in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
- Successfully represented group of limited partners in arbitration against ouster by general partner. The dispute was favorably settled mid-arbitration.
- Obtained summary judgment in the middle of trial in Virginia court in favor of lender suing guarantor to collect loan defaulted on by borrowers.
- Defeated certification in nationwide class action seeking remedies under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and consumer protection statutes.
- Secured anonymous treatment on behalf of client suing the CFPB in federal court, which was the first time that a court had granted John Doe status to a party challenging any aspect of a CFPB CID.
- Assisted in the defense of state False Claims Act litigation and the prosecution of related federal action involving allegations that an IT systems provider delivered inadequate solutions for the operation of a state-run healthcare exchange.
- Achieved six-figure settlement on behalf of pro bono client in case brought against municipality under Section 1983 for excessive use of force and unlawful search and seizure.
Ben maintains an active pro bono practice and has achieved favorable results for low-income individuals and nonprofits that serve D.C.'s poorest populations. He was also recently a participant in, and graduate from, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's (NITA) Advanced Trial Advocacy: Next Level Trial Techniques Program. Ben is also active within Venable, serving on the firm's Hiring Committee and recently completing a two-year stint as coordinator of the firm's summer associate program.
Ben is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law, where he served as Note and Comment Editor for the American University Law Review
, and served as a student attorney in the General Practice Clinic. As a student attorney, he conducted hearings, motions practice, and trials in Circuit and District Courts of Maryland. Ben graduated magna cum laude
from American University Washington College of Law in 2012.