Ben was born in Savannah and spent his entire childhood here. He attended Savannah Country Day School and spent his summers as a camper and later a counselor at the Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) on Abercorn Street. Ben grew up participating in his family’s service to the city – from helping at his grandparents’ store, Punch & Judy, to watching his mother serve eight years on the Savannah-Chatham County Public School Board, to following his father’s 40-year career on the bench – Ben was raised with a deep appreciation for Savannah and a desire to serve the community.
Ben attended college and law school in Washington, D.C., earning his law degree with honors from Georgetown University. He then practiced law with a large firm in DC, where he specialized in media law, information technology, and intellectual property. Ben also met his wife, Suzy, in DC. They were married in Savannah’s Monterey Square in 2007. Following the birth of their first child, Ben and Suzy decided they wanted to raise their family in Savannah. They returned home in 2011 and settled in Ardsley Park, just a few blocks from the house where Ben grew up. They welcomed their second child in 2012.
Upon returning home, Ben began practicing law with the venerable Savannah law firm Bouhan, Williams & Levy (now known as Bouhan Falligant LLP). Ben’s law practice in Savannah includes business formation, corporate law, commercial contracts and business litigation. He has maintained an expertise and a thriving practice in intellectual property law and litigation.
In 2013, Ben was appointed to serve as a part-time Magistrate Judge in the Magistrate Court of Chatham County. As a Magistrate, Ben hears a criminal docket once per week. He hears various criminal matters, including arrest warrant hearings, initial appearance hearings and preliminary hearings. He also presides over civil dockets several times per year, where he hears dispossessory hearings and small claims trials. In total, Ben has presided over hundreds of criminal and civil hearings.
Ben currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Savannah Jewish Federation and on the Board of Directors of The Creative Coast. He has served as an attorney-coach for the Georgia High School Mock Trial Program for several years. Ben is a 2014 graduate of the Leadership Savannah program and was recognized in 2015 by Generation Next as one of Savannah’s “Rising Stars of Business”. He has been recognized as “Legal Elite” several times by Georgia Trend magazine, most recently in December 2017. Ben and Suzy’s children attend a local public school, and they are proud to be active parents in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.