Former US Attorney Benjamin Glassman counsels clients on some of their most difficult and sensitive problems – whether by providing strategic advice, leading internal investigations or representing them at trial or on appeal. He is the deputy chair of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Practice Group.
Ben served as the US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio from 2016 to 2019, working in both Democratic and Republican administrations. As the chief federal law enforcement official for the more than 5 million Ohio residents across 48 counties, he oversaw the work of more than 60 civil, criminal and appellate Assistant US Attorneys. Under his leadership, the office pursued cases of national and international significance involving economic espionage and national security, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, financial fraud, antitrust, public corruption, hate crimes, controlled substances, the False Claims Act, the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ben represents diverse clients that are under scrutiny from US enforcement agencies. His experience includes defending clients in investigations led by the Civil, Criminal, Civil Rights, Tax, and Environment and Natural Resources Divisions of the US Department of Justice, multiple US Attorney’s Offices, the CFPB, the SEC and state attorney general’s offices.
Ben also conducts internal investigations into allegations of misconduct and to assess vulnerabilities. This includes investigations on behalf of corporate boards or committees thereof, as well as for corporate management.
A first chair trial lawyer, Ben zealously advocates for clients at the federal trial and appellate levels. He has argued more than 100 federal appeals, including two en banc arguments, and has tried numerous cases to jury verdict. Prior to his role as US Attorney, Ben served as a federal prosecutor for more than a decade.
With significant experience coordinating, managing and working with the media, Ben regularly advises clients on external communications during investigations and litigation. He works closely with internal and external public relations resources to address media interest, prepare public comments and serve as a media contact.
In addition to his investigations and litigation practice, Ben maintains an active pro bono focus, representing indigent criminal defendants at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. He has also served on the Advisory Committee on Rules for the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as well as on the Local Rules Committee for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and is an officer of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Prior to his public and private practice, Ben was a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for the Honorable Susan J. Dlott of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Cincinnati.