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Benjamin E. Ford

Benjamin E. Ford



  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise & Dealership
  • Employment & Labor
  • Business & Commercial Disputes

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Maine, U.S.A.


Ben helps his clients reach their full potential. Whether helping out in his parents' flower shop in California or building retail stores in New York, Ben knows firsthand that the best product in the world means nothing unless you have the right people to make it and sell it. In any competitive market, a company's success depends on its ability to build multidisciplinary teams. Companies that fall back on outdated assumptions risk being surpassed by those that recognize the potential of a diverse workforce.

When it comes to providing legal services, Ben puts these principles into practice. Whether it's a Norwegian company looking for a foothold in the U.S. or an entrepreneur working in her basement to perfect seaweed harvesting techniques, the client benefits from Ben's well-rounded approach to problem-solving.

Mindful of his pre-law experiences, Ben took to his legal studies with a unique sense of perspective. With the help of his professors at Vanderbilt University Law School, Ben crafted a course of study designed to explore specific business challenges from a legal perspective. The result of this intensive study was a series of articles discussing novel approaches to business problems that combined proven business principles with highly sophisticated legal tactics. Many of those articles have been published in leading trade publications and form the basis of Ben's practice.

Whether addressing a jury or a group of concerned business owners, Ben loves speaking about the law. He is as comfortable in a courtroom as he is in a boardroom. His passion for good ideas pervades every case he argues, and every article he writes.

When not at work, Ben can be found on the water racing sailboats or cruising around in his vintage 1959 Lyman Sleeper. Yes, he restored it himself (ask him to show you a picture).

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine


  • Vanderbilt University Law School  (J.D.)
  • University of New Hampshire  (B.A., summa cum laude)
Areas of Practice

Business & Commercial Disputes | Business & Commercial Litigation | Employment & Labor | Franchise & Dealership | Labor & Employment | Litigation & Trial | Maritime | North Atlantic & Arctic | Product Liability

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Board Member, Maine Marine Trade Association
  • Board of Advisors, University of New England North
  • Shipping and Logistics Working Group, Arctic Economic Counsel


Ocean Energy Service Vessel Requirements and the Jones Act - February 22, 2012
Plugging the Brain Drain: Strategies to Manage Your Skilled Labor Force - April 24, 2013

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Transportation/Maritime, Employment Litigation: Defense and Business Litigation

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.


COVID-19: Updated FAQs
Verrill, March 2020

Employers across the country are struggling with how to support their employees and their customers, and also to keep their business afloat, as the cry for social isolation to curb the spread of the novel COVID-19 (coronavirus) grows stronger. There are a lot of complicated issues that we are trying to sort through in a moment of crisis and the landscape continues to change...

The Coronavirus: FAQs for Employers
Verrill, March 2020

We’ve been here before. Remember the H1N1 outbreak of 2009? That little bug originated outside of Mexico City. As the virus spread, governments issued travel warnings and schools were on notice to be extra vigilant. There was even a quarantined cruise ship and a run on surgical masks. Sound familiar? The most important lesson from the H1N1 outbreak of 2009 is that while it was scary then, we hardly remember it now...

MarineLog Op-Ed: Freezing The Jones Act
Verrill, October 2016

Verrill Dana attorney Ben Ford authored an opinion editorial for MarineLog titled, "Freezing The Jones Act." The article discusses The Jones Act, and how it could impede U.S. involvement in Arctic development. The full article can be found on in the October issue of MarineLogand on the publication's website...

Additional Articles

Splash Protection in Practice, Professional BoatBuilder, August/September 2012
Secure Your Training Investment, Professional BoatBuilder, June/July 2013


Benefits Law Update

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You Might Be a Winner

Promotion marketing law covers many different topics, such as sweepstakes, contests, games, giveaways and coupons. It also includes cause marketing, an area that has proliferated in recent years, which includes commercial co-ventures, flat donations and sponsorships designed to raise money for...

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