Ben was born and raised in Brenham, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. Before attending law school, Ben took a teaching position in Seoul, South Korea where he taught English to third-grade students as well as to high-school seniors who were preparing to apply to universities around the world.
After spending a year teaching and traveling throughout Asia, Ben enrolled at St. Mary's University School of Law where he obtained numerous achievements, including being elected Editor in Chief of the St. Mary's Law Journal. During law school, Ben was also selected by his law professors to intern for Judge Emilio M. Garza at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ben was awarded the Laveta Casdorph Excellence in Legal Writing Award for writing the best appellate brief in his class of roughly 250 law students, and was awarded the Board of Advocates Excellence in Oral Advocacy Award for his representation of undocumented immigrants through the St. Mary's Clinic for Legal and Social Justice. Ben was also a research assistant to Professors Vincent Johnson and L. Wayne Scott.
Upon graduating from law school, Ben joined the personal injury law firm of Roberts & Roberts in Tyler, Texas where he worked as the firm's briefing attorney. Ben's experience at Roberts & Roberts included state and federal vehicle crashworthiness claims, 18-wheeler and motorcycle accidents, cruise-ship injuries, and premises liability litigation.
Ben wears two hats at McGehee ☆ Chang, Barnes. He works on the firm's medical malpractice case load in conjunction with the other attorneys, and he also acts as general counsel to Creeris Ventures LLC, a venture company that funds and manages roughly 30 start-up companies across Texas. On the litigation side, Ben has experience with improper medical device sales, anoxic-hypoxic brain injury, high-risk pregnancy, the unauthorized practice of medicine/nursing, hospital policies and procedures, and deceptive insurance practices. On the general counsel side, Ben has experience drafting and reviewing numerous agreements which range from employment, NDA, and licensing agreements to vendor, service, and independent contractor agreements. Ben also has experience with franchises and business offerings under the Texas Business Opportunities Act as well as private placement memoranda, state and federal trademark applications, and intellectual property purchase agreements.
Ben is a member of the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the World Affairs Council of Houston, and the World Affairs Council's Young Professionals Group. Ben recently judged the MBA Tech Transfer Challenge at Texas A&M University's Mays Graduate School of Business, and spoke to disadvantaged high school students on choosing law as a profession.
Ben is licensed to practice before Texas state courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas.
When Ben is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Maggie and their two French Bulldogs Napoleon and Franko.