Attorney Benjamin Gideon is trusted by his clients to handle some of the most complex, high-profile legal battles in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and elsewhere in New England and the nation.
Many of Ben’s cases involve people who were seriously injured or killed because of negligence within large corporations. He is motivated to hold negligent corporations accountable, and to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future.
Whether it’s a case against the U.S. Government, a ski resort that fails to properly maintain its equipment, a multinational communications company that does not protect utility workers, the owners of the cargo ship El Faro, or a negligent healthcare organization, Ben is not afraid to take on and defeat the most powerful defendants. He has achieved remarkable results for his clients, including a $22.5 million jury verdict that was one of the top 100 verdicts nationwide.
Since joining Berman & Simmons in 2003, Ben has developed expertise across a broad range of case types, including personal injury, medical malpractice, civil rights, products liability, nursing home, and other complex civil litigation matters. Ben is a fierce competitor who thrives under pressure and enjoys the role of standing up for everyday people who have been wronged.
“We go to extraordinary lengths to make sure our clients have the best chance to win,” Ben says. “When it comes to preparation, we are going to do more, and we are going to do it better, than anyone else involved in the case.”
Ben is a Maine native. Following college, he served as Political Director to Congressman Tom Allen during his successful primary campaign for U.S. Congress. Prior to joining Berman & Simmons, Ben practiced law at the New York City office of Latham & Watkins LLP, representing clients in securities fraud, qui tam, whistleblower, Medicare fraud, and intellectual property cases.
Ben is a frequent speaker on court room and trial strategy at conferences in Maine and across the country, and has published numerous articles on these subjects.
Memberships and Distinctions
- Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, Professional Ethics Commission
- Maine State Bar Association
- American Association for Justice (AAJ)
- AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group
- Attorney Information Exchange Group
- American Bar Association
- Governor, Maine Trial Lawyers Association
- National Police Accountability Project
- America's Top 100 Attorneys ― Listed in Maine for Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and Products Liability, 2017
- The Best Lawyers in America ― Listed for Civil Rights, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and Product Liability, 2013–present; “Lawyer of the Year,” 2016–present
- Super Lawyers ― “Super Lawyer,” 2013–present; “Rising Star,” 2011
- Martindale-Hubbell ― Top Rated “AV Preeminent”
- Chambers & Partners USA ― Listed for Litigation: Medical Malpractice & Insurance and Mainly Plaintiff
- Benchmark Litigation ― “Litigation Star”
- AVVO — Rated 10.0 out of 10
Published Articles and Select Presentations
- Civil Procedures and Evidence, Legal Year in Review Seminar, Maine State Bar Association, 2017
- The Power of Visual Communication: Don’t Just Tell the Story — Show the Story, Maine State Bar Association, 2017
- $2.75 Million Settlement with United States Government on Behalf of Patient Paralyzed by Spinal Epidural Abscess, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Summer 2016
- The Road to a $22.5 Million Jury Verdict, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Summer 2014
- Who Are These People on My Jury?, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Fall 2013
- Developing the Electrical Injury Case, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Fall 2010
- Evaluating The Nursing Home Case: Accidents, Falls and Elopement, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Summer 2009
- Evaluating The Nursing Home Case, IN BRIEF (Berman & Simmons, Lewiston, Me.), Summer 2008
- Commercial Truck Accidents: Using Government Regulations and Oversight to Prove Your Case
- Negligent Driving by Police Officers: Re-opening the Courthouse Door
- The Jury Trial's Last Stand: Wyeth v. Levine
- Making The Injured Plaintiff Whole: Maine Tort Damages in Practice
- Victims of Abuse Are Fighting Back
- Evaluating The Nursing Home Case: The Pressure Ulcer Case
- Survival and Wrongful Death Claims in Maine