Chairman Emeritus and retired partner Ben Civiletti focused his practice of law on commercial litigation, banking, white-collar crime, government regulation, and corporate governance. He conducted numerous product liability cases; successfully prosecuted and defended statutory and constitutional claims, and conducted special investigations growing out of derivative suits, governmental proceedings, and a state impeachment resolution. Ben is both a trial and appellate advocate. In addition, he developed a practice in alternative dispute resolution, working successfully as a mediator, facilitator, master and arbitrator in many commercial and tort disputes to achieve faster and more cost-efficient justice.
Ben's prior service on four public for-profit boards and three non-profit boards afforded him a thorough familiarity with corporate governance consensus, task forces, and strategic planning. As Attorney General of the United States, Ben argued before the International Court of Justice on behalf of the American captives in Iran, and before the Supreme Court for the right of the government to denaturalize Nazi war criminals, and successfully defended the President's wage and price guidelines in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (sitting en banc). Furthermore, Ben was responsible for the Justice Department's promulgation of open trial guidelines, the Stanford Daily laws, the development and publication of National Priorities for the Investigation and Prosecution of White-Collar Crime, Principles of Federal Prosecution, National Prison Standards, and a score of other improvements in the effective enforcement of criminal law and in civil rights and environmental protection.
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Bar Association of Baltimore City
Awards and honors include: Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of the Coif, Herbert H. Lehman Ethics Award (American Jewish Theological Seminary); Distinguished Alumnus Award, Johns Hopkins Alumni Association; Knight-Commander in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic; the 1997 Baltimore Urban League's Equal Justice Award; the 2005 American Judicature Society Justice Award and the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award presented by the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law.
In 2004, Ben was honored for his leadership in public service and law by the establishment of a scholarship in his name at the University of Maryland School of Law. He has been named "Best Lawyer in America" in three fields – commercial litigation, corporate governance and compliance law, and white collar crime criminal defense, as well as being named to the 2004 International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers.
He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, American Law Institute and American College of Trial Lawyers and founding Chair of Maryland Legal Services Corp. Ben is past chair, American Bar Association Litigation Section, chair of the Task Force on an International Criminal Court, a past member of the House of Delegates, Member of the ABA Commission on the American Jury, and the ABA representative to the United Nations.
His honorary degrees are: Doctors of Law from the University of Baltimore, New York Law School, St. John's College, Tulane and Notre Dame Universities, and the University of Maryland; and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Towson State University.
Ben is AV® Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Listed for over 20 years in The Best Lawyers in America, (Woodward/White, Inc) for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, and Criminal Defense: White Collar.
Listed in Who's Who Legal, Corporate Governance and Commercial Litigation, 2011.
Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers (2008 - 2012).
Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition, Business Litigation, Baltimore, 2013.
Recognized in 2007 and 2009 by Washingtonian magazine as one of "Washington’s Top Lawyers."
American Lawyer's Lifetime Achievement Award 2009.