Benjamin J. Wish


Benjamin J. Wish concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, shareholder and real estate disputes, and business torts. He also represents clients on a pro bono basis in the defense of their First Amendment rights.

He has handled a wide range of matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including business disputes, commercial real estate cases, and employment contract matters.
Some of Mr. Wish's most recent and notable successes include:

  • Won a jury trial in Massachusetts Superior Court on behalf of a real estate development company defending against a former employee's claim for $1.2 million of company profits.
  • Obtained a ruling from the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversing an order of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts finding the guarantor on a commercial real estate loan liable under an indemnity agreement.
  • Won a judgment at trial before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (including attorneys' fees and punitive damages) for a businessman whose confidential and largely false criminal record information, including expunged records that were decades old, was published and disseminated publicly.   
  • Obtained summary judgment for business owners establishing that, contrary to claims of plaintiffs, their new venture did not require further approval by a commission overseeing local zoning boards. 
  • Successfully defended pain medicine physician at trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against criminal charges that he violated federal drug distribution laws, resulting in the jury acquitting the physician of all charges.
  • As cooperating counsel for the ACLU, obtained on a pro bono basis a temporary restraining order allowing Occupy Boston protesters to remain encamped in Dewey Square in Boston.
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  • Background
    • Todd & Weld LLP, 2011-present
    • Goodwin Procter LLP, 2008-2011
    • Lecturer in Law, Boston College, 2008
  • Professional Activities
    • Boston Bar Association
    • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • ACLU Amicus Committee
  • Publications / Lectures
    • Speaker, Social Media Defamation Litigation BBA 2013
    • Panelist, "Policing the Occupy Protests: How Well Did Cities Respond?" Suffolk University Law School 2012
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Named a "2014 Massachusetts Rising Star" in New England Super Lawyers in Boston Magazine, November, 2014
    • Named a "Massachusetts Rising Star" in Business Litigation in the 2013 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine in Boston Magazine
    • Certificate of Achievement, National Lawyers Guild
    • Executive Editor, Boston College School of Law Environmental Affairs Law Review
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