Ben Souede has spent significant portions of his career in both private practice and public service. This diverse work history has provided him with significant experience in complex criminal and civil litigation, appellate and regulatory practice, and the shaping of public policy.
Mr. Souede received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School. While at law school, Mr. Souede served as Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Following graduation, he moved to Oregon to serve as a law clerk to Judge Susan P. Graber on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following the completion of his clerkship, Mr. Souede relocated to Washington, DC, where he served as Senior Advisor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). Mr. Souede then began his private law practice at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC, before returning to Oregon to continue his practice.
Mr. Souede has represented individuals in criminal proceedings in state and federal courts. He believes strongly that proper and vigorous representation is often most effective before a charging decision has been made; such representation can often help resolve investigations without charges ever being brought. To that end, Mr. Souede has represented individuals and companies before prosecutors and law enforcement officials during the investigatory process, and has assisted multiple companies in the course of conducting internal investigations.
Mr. Souede’s practice has also included representation of individuals and companies before federal and state regulatory bodies (including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission). Mr. Souede also has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending against complex civil claims, including securities litigation and medical device litigation.
In 2010, Mr. Souede was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to the Oregon State Board of Nursing.