B.A., University of Wisconsin Madison; J.D., Harvard
Benjamin Brown is an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching “Complex Litigation,” a course that explores the policy and procedures implicated by aggregated, high stakes, multi-party litigation, especially class actions.
Professor Brown also serves as a partner and co-chair of the antitrust practice group at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, one of the country’s leading firms specializing in major complex plaintiff-side litigation. He has been appointed by federal courts to serve as lead counsel or co-lead counsel for numerous class actions involving antitrust and other claims and serves as trial counsel for plaintiffs in various mass actions involving physical takings cases brought under the Fifth Amendment. Before joining Cohen Milstein, Professor Brown spent four years as a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. He also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted criminal cases. Prior to serving in the U.S. Department of Justice, Professor Brown was in private practice, where he counseled defendants in antitrust litigation matters. The Legal 500 has recognized Professor Brown as one of the nation’s leading class action antitrust attorneys and he has also been recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Competition, and has been listed as one of Washington D.C.’s “Leading Star” Plaintiffs’ Litigators by Benchmark Litigation. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia presented Professor Brown with an award for outstanding commitment to pro bono litigation. He is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law. Professor Brown is a contributing author of the ABA’s Antitrust Class Actions Handbook and has served as a state editor for the ABA’s Survey of State Class Action Law. He authored several chapters on private antitrust recovery actions for the Global Competition Review’s Antitrust Review of the Americas.
Professor Brown graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Executive Board of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Juan Torruella of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Prior to Law school, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which he attended on a National Merit Scholarship and from which he graduated with distinction with a B.A. in Philosophy.