Benjamin P. Argyle

Associate
Argyle Benjamin

Benjamin Argyle advises businesses and government agencies on complex and high-risk dispute avoidance and resolution. He works with a variety of industries, including financial services, food and agriculture, healthcare, government contractors, insurance, nonprofit, government, and construction.

Prior to law school, Benjamin worked at a not-for-profit corporation in Washington, DC that coordinated the development and publication of telecommunications industry standards. Before his legal career, Benjamin worked in the construction industry as a manager for a design-build commercial waterproofing company.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Lead associate on Venable team defending a major producer of poultry products against putative antitrust class action lawsuits in the Northern District of Illinois, claiming that poultry producers illegally conspired to reduce the supply of chicken and chicken products
  • Lead associate on a team that successfully defended a state agency against breach of contract and tort claims brought by a disaster recovery vendor
  • Successfully argued against an emergency injunction, and secured complete dismissal of the entire action, for a prominent equipment rental company, in connection with a government bid protest
  • Successfully prosecuted and defended against multiple lis pendens and mechanics' lien disputes, and the underlying breach of construction contract claims, for claims ranging from $500 to $30 million
  • Part of a cross-office litigation team that represented generic pharmaceutical companies against multidistrict antitrust class action lawsuits alleging price-fixing claims under the Sherman Act
  • Successfully drove, structured, and negotiated a favorable settlement for a private equity fund's portfolio company, where suit was brought over a contract dispute conveniently timed with the company's latest round of funding
  • Defended a trustee in a will interpretation dispute, arguing before the New York Surrogate's Court
  • Outside counsel to religious not-for-profits in resolving development and construction disputes
  • Represented high-net-worth private clients in disputes with municipalities

Insights

Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. magna cum laude Brooklyn Law School 2014
  • B.A. Syracuse University 2006

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Benjamin maintains an active pro bono practice representing asylum applicants fleeing sexual-orientation persecution

Personal Activities

  • Benjamin has also advised clients and written extensively on New York's Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). His recommendations for amending the FOIL statute have been introduced as bills in the New York State Assembly and Senate