Benjamin F. Wilson, Managing Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Benjamin F. Wilson is the Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. He has been a past member of the Firm’s Management Committee and past Chairman of the Litigation Practice Group. His present litigation practice encompasses a wide range of activities in both state and federal courts, including commercial litigation matters, and environmental litigation matters.
He has been lead counsel in several complex environmental litigation matters for major corporations and developers, having served as lead counsel at the largest chromium site in the United States. Mr. Wilson is highly sought after by his clients, due in large part to the remarkable success he has enjoyed in a wide range of environmental litigation and regulatory matters on behalf of a major retailer, oil companies and communications companies.
Mr. Wilson also has represented a number of cities and local government agencies on Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act enforcement and wetlands development matters including: the City of New Orleans; the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans; the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority; the Metropolitan Water District of Greater Chicago; the San Antonio Water System; and the City of New Haven, Connecticut, among others.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Mr. Wilson graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973 with an A.B. degree in history. While at Dartmouth, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and named both a Rufus Choate Scholar and a Senior Fellow. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1976.
Mr. Wilson is experienced in dealing with cases involving the impact of the filling of wetlands and the obligations to comply with federal and state environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Specifically, he has become involved in both regulatory and litigation issues arising out of the filling of wetlands as part of the expansion of airports and stadium projects. Mr. Wilson has served as lead environmental counsel to the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission on the project to build the new Verizon Center for the Washington Wizards professional basketball team and Washington Capitals professional hockey team and the proposed football stadium for the Washington Redskins. He has also served as lead counsel in numerous “Superfund” cases and on environmental audits and assessments pertaining to the sale of corporations and their assets.
Mr. Wilson has represented financial bodies on a wide variety of environmental issues pertaining to the sale and ownership of real property, and on wetlands and Endangered Species Act litigation, as well as several complex commercial litigation matters.
After several years in private practice with the Atlanta, Georgia law firm of King & Spalding, focusing on litigation and tax matters, Mr. Wilson joined the Civil Division of the Department of Justice in 1979. At the Justice Department, he gained substantial trial expertise in commercial litigation matters, appearing on behalf of the government in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Claims and district courts throughout the United States. While at the Department, he received Special Achievement Awards in recognition of his performance in 1981 and 1982. Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Mr. Wilson joined the law firm of Rose, Schmidt, Chapman, Duff and Hasley as an associate in 1983. In 1985, he became a partner in the firm, focusing on civil litigation.
Mr. Wilson has counseled small and developing businesses throughout his career. He has also counseled on a variety of commercial contract matters and negotiated player contracts on behalf of professional athletes. A member of the bars of Georgia and the District of Columbia, Mr. Wilson is active in the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, where he has served for 15 years on the Environmental, Energy and Public Utilities Section (including serving as past Chairman), and the Washington Bar Association.