Benjamin D. White

Associate

EDUCATION

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, 2009
  • with honors
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2013
  • cum laude

CLERKSHIPS

  • Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Hon.  Barrington D. Parker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Hon. Charles S. Haight, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (by designation in the District of Connecticut)

FELLOWSHIPS, LEADERSHIPS & RECOGNITION

  • Honor Roll, Legal Services NYC, 2014
  • Honoree, New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel Program, 2014
  • Vice President, National Security Journal, Harvard Law School, 2012-2013
  • Research Assistant, Professor Philip B. Heymann, Harvard Law School, 2011-2013
  • Research and Teaching Assistant, Professor Peter A. Carfagna, Harvard Law School, 2012-2013
  • Recipient, Paul C. Weiler Student Writing Prize in Sports and Entertainment Law, Harvard Law School, 2013

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • New York
  • Massachusetts

Benjamin ("Ben") White is an Associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink.  Ben joined the firm after clerkships with the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr. and Barrington D. Parker, Jr., both of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Charles S. Haight, Jr., of the Southern District of New York (by designation in the District of Connecticut).  Prior to clerking, Ben was a litigation Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he worked on complex commercial matters and maintained an extensive pro bono practice.

At Sullivan & Cromwell, Ben's practice focused on representing a major financial institution in its numerous and diverse array of mortgage-backed securities litigation, including cases sounding in contract, tort, and securities law.  Ben's pro bono practice at Sullivan & Cromwell was broad and included the representation of indigent, non-profit, and government clients in various matters in the fields of housing, tax, and criminal law.  Ben’s pro bono successes included a favorable settlement of an Article 78 proceeding that challenged New York City’s reduction of a low-income family’s housing voucher pursuant to the city’s “downsizing” effort and successfully challenging a non-profit organization’s adverse tax status determination.  For his pro bono work, in 2014 Ben was placed on Legal Services NYC's Honor Roll and was recognized as an honoree by the New York State Bar Association as part of its Empire State Counsel program.

"I take great pride in being part of our legal system. Although, much like every collective endeavor, it has its imperfections, the law has at its core a vital feature not found elsewhere:  a veritable, accountable, and public search for truth.  In law, there is no hiding behind rhetoric or obfuscation.  Facts and reason control."

Ben received his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2013, where he was a Vice President of the National Security Journal.  At Harvard, Ben served as a research assistant for Professors Philip B. Heymann and Peter A. Carfagna.  His work with Professor Carfagna earned him the 2013 Paul C. Weiler Student Writing Prize in Sports and Entertainment Law.

Prior to law school, Ben served as a member of an AmeriCorps program in Madison, Wisconsin, providing academic support and mentoring to underprivileged youth, as well as employment support as part of a neighborhood community assistance program.