Benjamin H. Diessel

Biography

Ben is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department and is a member of the firm's Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group; Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group; and White Collar Defense, Investigations and Corporate Compliance Practice Group. 

Ben is an experienced attorney who has devoted his practice to helping clients navigate a broad range of complex legal issues, including antitrust litigation and advising, intellectual property litigation and licensing, commercial litigation, securities litigation, and regulatory matters. Ben has successfully developed and executed strategies in coordination with clients, experts, and consultants in complex matters involving significant monetary stakes for companies such as Qualcomm, Panasonic, IBM, Xerox, and Credit Suisse.

Ben's antitrust experience and technical background in computer science & engineering have made him well suited to assist clients in litigation and strategic matters involving cutting edge intellectual property issues. Ben's experience in this area includes representing leading technology companies in litigation and licensing matters related to standard essential patents ("SEPs") and commitments to standards development organizations ("SDOs") such as ETSI to license SEPs on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory ("FRAND") terms. 

Ben also has substantial experience advising clients on a range of antitrust and related issues.  Ben routinely counsels clients in connection with prospective corporate transactions to assess and manage antitrust risk related to potential regulatory reporting and to establish best practices for due diligence information flow (such as establishing and executing "clean team" protocols).  Ben also regularly counsels clients concerning pricing matters, including reviewing and developing pricing strategies and minimum advertising price ("MAP") policies.

Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Ben practiced in New York at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he represented multinational companies in complex litigation and regulatory matters.  

Ben received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was Articles Editor for the Michigan Law Review. Ben earned his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Following graduation from law school, Ben clerked for Judge Ronald M. Gould of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School  (J.D., 2008)
    • magna cum laude
  • University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies  (M.S., 2008)
  • University of Michigan  (B.S., 2002)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US District Court (Eastern District of New York)
  • US District Court (Southern District of New York)