Benjamin P. Argyle

Argyle Benjamin

Benjamin Argyle concentrates his practice on efficient and effective dispute management.  As an accomplished commercial litigator, Benjamin works with clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, food and agriculture, healthcare, government contractors, insurance, nonprofit, government, and construction.  He regularly appears in state and federal courts in insurance, class action, construction, and commercial dispute proceedings.

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.


Representative Matters

    Litigation 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 and cultural not-for-profits in resolving development and construction disputes
  • Represented high-net-worth private clients in disputes with municipalities
  • Insurance Matters
  • Counsels construction industry clients on coverage under builders’ all-risk insurance policies, particularly as to LEG-03 and similar exclusions
  • Devises coverage arguments and claims strategies for clients on business interruption and similar coverages for losses caused by coronavirus
  • Provides coverage analyses on intersection of general liability, builders’ all-risk, property and casualty, and professional malpractice insurance portfolios




  • 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


  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021 – 2022


Pro Bono

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