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Benjamin D. Wanger

Associate
T 215-751-2824

    Ben Wanger concentrates his practice in high-stakes complex commercial and employment litigation matters, serving both corporate and individual clients in business disputes in a variety of industries, including financial services, banking, real estate, construction, waste management, insurance, and healthcare. Mr. Wanger also represents clients in white-collar criminal matters and internal investigations.

    Mr. Wanger regularly represents businesses, government bodies, and individuals in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, arbitration panels, and mediation panels. He takes cases to trial and negotiates complex settlements.

    Mr. Wanger has experience representing clients in a variety of disputes involving issues such as: 

    • Breach of contract and tortious interference;
    • Employment issues, including wrongful termination, misappropriation of trade secrets, non-compete and non-solicit agreements;
    • Compliance with federal and state regulations governing healthcare information management; 
    • Fraud, including consumer fraud as well as unfair and deceptive trade practices; 
    • Preliminary and permanent injunctions, temporary restraining orders, and special injunctions;
    • Corporate governance and shareholder disputes.

    Mr. Wanger also has particular experience representing clients in class and collective action matters, as well as counseling and representing clients through the appellate process.

    Representative Matters

    • Financial Services - Successfully represented a broker-dealer firm in a19-day FINRA arbitration against a former executive who claimed that he was entitled to a multi-million dollar severance package. At the conclusion of the hearing, the panel refused to award any money to the former executive.
    • Successfully represented multiple institutional lenders in foreclosures and other actions arising from defaulted notes. 
    • Healthcare - Successfully represented a medical device company in a shareholder derivative suit filed in Delaware Chancery Court. The matter went to trial and concluded with a verdict in favor of our client.
    • Successfully defended a medical records company in multiple putative class action lawsuits concerning the process by which it provides medical records to requesters and the prices that it charges for such records.
    • Provide ongoing advice to a medical records company in connection with HIPAA compliance as well as compliance with state specific regulations governing the prices that the company is permitted to charge for copies of medical records.
    • Represented multiple medical professionals in connection with purchases and sales of medical practices.
    • Waste Management - Successfully obtained a preliminary injunction ordering a container terminal to honor its agreement to allow our waste-management company client the right of first refusal before offering barge space at the terminal to another party.
    • Currently representing a waste-management company in an international arbitration concerning the construction of a waste-to-energy power plant in Canada.
    • Successfully represented a scrap metal company in an action against a former employee for allegedly violating a non-compete agreement. 
    • Technology - Counseled an executive from a Fortune 100 technology company in an investigation arising from a qui tam action brought against the company. Represented the executive in all aspects of the investigation, including several interviews with the United States Attorney. Ultimately, the client was not subjected to any criminal or civil liability.
    • Fraud - Successfully represented an American supermarket chain seeking to confirm a $15 million breach of contract and fraud award from an international arbitration.
    • Successfully obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of a real estate company to freeze the assets of the company’s former bookkeeper, who was discovered to have embezzled over $4 million from the company. Successfully located and recovered a substantial portion of the embezzled funds through subsequent litigation.
    • Real Estate - Successfully represented a commercial real estate owner in a jury trial in an action to evict a tenant operating an after-hours club. 
    • Education - Successfully represented local school district in a class action filed against it concerning the school district’s procedures with respect to the placement of students with disabilities. Ultimately, this matter concluded with a favorable settlement for the school district.
    • Served as appellate counsel for a public university in a long-standing trademark, breach of contract, and First Amendment dispute with former alumni association

    Pro Bono

    • Served as lead counsel in two federal jury trials referred by the Prisoner Civil Rights Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
    • Successfully represented a prison inmate in an action against the City of Philadelphia arising from the City’s failure to provide the inmate with prior notice before it demolished his home.
    • Representing multiple criminal defendants in matters assigned by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel.
    • Currently serving as lead counsel in a First Amendment dispute brought on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).


    COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

    • President of the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Philadelphia
    • Board Member, American Jewish Committee, Philadelphia/South Jersey Chapter, 2018-present
    • Board Member on the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan’s Clubs Council
    • Advisor to local start-up companies in connection with the Tribe12 Organization
    • Participated as a Board Observer with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project
    • Participant in the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute
    • Board Member of Philadelphia's JNFuture, the young leaders division of the Jewish National Fund

    Education

    • George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 2008
    • University of Michigan, B.A., with high distinction, 2005

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
    • Supreme Court of the United States

    Bar Admissions

    • Pennsylvania
    • New Jersey

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association
    • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • University of Michigan Alumni Association, Philadelphia Chapter, President

    Other Distinctions

    • First Judicial District of Pennsylvania Pro Bono Roll of Honor, 2012
    • Recognized as a "Rising Star" by the editors of Super Lawyers, 2018*

    *No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Further information on methodologies is available via these links.