Benjamin J. Wish

Biography

Benjamin J. Wish joined the firm as an associate in 2011. Mr. 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 disputes.  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 reversal from the First Circuit Court of Appeals on an order of the United States 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 United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts including  attorneys' fees and punitive damages for a plaintiff businessman whose confidential and largely false criminal record information, including expunged records that were decades old, was published publicly.   

  • Obtained summary judgment victory 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 against criminal charges that he violated federal drug distribution laws, resulting in a jury's acquitting the physician of all charges.

  • As coordinating counsel for the ACLU, successfully represented the Occupy Boston movement on a pro bono basis in obtaining a temporary restraining order allowing the protesters to remain encamped in Dewey Square.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wish was an associate in the Commercial Litigation department of Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston. While at Goodwin Procter LLP, Mr. Wish represented clients in commercial, intellectual property, and environmental litigation.

Mr. Wish received his J.D. cum laude from Boston College School of Law and his B.A. cum laude from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. While at Boston College School of Law, Mr. Wish was the Executive Editor of the Environmental Affairs Law Review. He was also a lecturer in law in Boston College's Political Science department. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

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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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