Benjamin S. Willson

Benjamin S. Willson









Birmingham, AL

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  • B.A., Rhodes College, 2002
  • J.D., Washington & Lee University School of Law, 2014 Chairman, Moot Court Executive Board


  • Alabama, 2014

Ben is a United States Marine, honorably discharged from active duty in 2011. As a lawyer, he brings the habits of a Marine—including hard work and a sense of mission—to the service of Lightfoot’s clients. Since joining the firm in 2014, Ben has contributed to the corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense practice and has also developed a varied general civil litigation practice.

Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense. Ben has trial and appellate experience in white-collar criminal defense in federal court, and has also represented businesses and individuals in connection with grand jury investigations in multiple jurisdictions. He has prepared client representatives and other witnesses for questioning in complex matters involving public corruption, government contract fraud, insurance fraud, and kickbacks. He has developed a particular expertise in asset-seizure and asset-forfeiture criminal litigation. Ben has performed multiple internal investigations for publicly traded companies in response to traumatic workplace incidents, internal complaints, external accusations, and regulatory inquiries.

Civil Litigation. Ben has advocated for businesses and individual clients in state and federal courts in a wide array of civil matters. He has represented manufacturers and employers in wrongful death and catastrophic injury suits; insurance clients faced with fraud, negligence, breach of contract and other tort claims; national and international businesses in contract disputes; and a construction materials company as a plaintiff in a declaratory judgment action in another state. Ben also regularly represents homeowners who have been sued individually for a variety of premises liability claims.

Ben graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law where he was the Chairman of the Moot Court Executive Board, a finalist in the John W. Davis Moot Court Competition, and a competitor and coach in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He was recognized by the faculty with the Charles V. Laughlin Award for his outstanding contribution to the moot court program.

As an active duty Marine, Ben deployed twice to Iraq as a UH-1N “Huey” helicopter pilot and section leader, and once to Afghanistan as a forward air controller with a rifle company of Marines.

Ben and his wife Kerri are the proud parents of two young children. In his free time, Ben is an avid collector and reader of Curious George books. He also enjoys digging for worms in the backyard, and drinking invisible tea with dolls.

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