Benjamin W. Cheney


Ben is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department, where he is an integral part of the firm’s Medical Malpractice Defense Practice Group. He handles all aspects of civil litigation, focusing primarily on the representation of hospitals, physicians, and health care providers in complex cases alleging professional negligence, including wrongful death and a wide array of other claims of catastrophic injuries. He has successfully argued many dispositive motions, including several that presented issues of first impression in Connecticut. 

Ben also has served as a claims manager for a large health system, which involved setting reserves, valuing cases, and conducting discussions with patients and attorneys to amicably resolve claims. 

Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Ben enjoyed a first career as a custom woodworker in Glastonbury, Connecticut. After seven years of creating reproduction architectural millwork to preserve historic homes throughout New England, he hung up his tool belt and went to law school.

Ben received his J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was Lead Articles Editor at the Connecticut Law Review and received the Connecticut Judges Association award for his commitment to public service and academic excellence. After law school, Ben clerked with the Honorable Bethany J. Alvord in the Connecticut Appellate Court. He earned a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College in 2002.

Ben serves on the boards of the Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance and Project Youth Court, a New Haven-based 501(c)(3). He also is an active member of the New Haven County Bar Association.


  • University of Connecticut School of Law  (J.D., 2012)
    • Honors
  • Lewis and Clark College  (B.A., 2002)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)