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Benjamin T. Presley (Ben)

Partner

Benjamin T. Presley

Benjamin T. Presley (Ben)

Partner

100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Ben’s practice primarily focuses on complex business litigation.  A significant portion of his practice is also dedicated to municipal and government litigation, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and constitutional law, as well as appellate advocacy.  Ben has represented multinational, national and regional companies, as well as municipalities across Alabama.  He is admitted to practice in all state and federal district courts in Alabama, and in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional Recognition

  • Ben was named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2014 - 2016 editions of Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine.

Highlights

  • Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of a multinational corporation and its executives in a mass tort action involving claims of more than 600 Colombian citizens arising under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victims Protection Act, and Colombian wrongful death law.  Doe v. Drummond Co., Inc., 782 F.3d 576 (11th Cir. 2015), cert. denied 136 S. Ct. 1168 (2016)
  • Baloco v. Drummond Co., Inc., 767 F.3d 1229 (11th Cir. 2014) – Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of a multinational corporation and its executives on claims arising under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victims Protection Act, and Colombian wrongful death law premised on the deaths of three Colombian labor union leaders.
  • Awarded complete summary judgment in a case alleging violations of 42 USC 1981, Title VII and the FMLA.
  • Secured complete summary judgment in a case alleging excessive force against a police officer who fatally shot the decedent during a confrontation at the decedent’s home.
  • Obtained complete summary judgment in a lawsuit filed against an Alabama municipality by a plaintiff seeking a refund of allegedly overpaid business license fees.
  • Secured dismissal of all claims against a former mayor arising out of the allegedly wrongful arrest of a former police chief by his successor.
  • Obtained judgment as a matter of law on behalf of a municipality, its mayor, its police chief and several officers in a lawsuit alleging conspiracy, false arrest, abuse of process, and malicious prosecution.
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Fun Facts

  • While attending law school, Ben served as Co-Chairman of the 2010 Moot Court Board.
  • Ben graduated from the University of Alabama magna cum laude with a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration and With Honors in Finance.  While at the University of Alabama, Ben was a member of the Jasons Senior Honor Society and the University Honors Program.
  • Ben is married to Rachel Kopf Presley of Mobile, Alabama and they have three children:  Addison, Margo and Jacob.
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