Ben’s practice focuses on complex business litigation, including contract disputes, RICO lawsuits, mass actions, class actions, fraud, defamation, and trade secret and non-compete cases. His practice also includes 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 has successfully tried cases and secured judgments in favor of his clients in Alabama state and federal courts, as well as in federal courts outside of Alabama. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal district courts in Alabama, and in the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits.
- Ben was named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2014 - 2020 editions of Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine.
- Obtained a jury verdict worth more than $50 million in favor of a multinational corporation against one of the three largest railroad companies in the United States in a dispute involving a long-term contract for rail transportation. Argued the appeal before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, resulting in a complete affirmance of the judgment.
- Secured an $8.3 million dollar judgment in favor of a multinational corporation in a case involving a contract for port throughput capacity and the international export of metallurgical coal. The case was tried in the Northern District of Georgia, and the judgment was affirmed on appeal in a published opinion, Southern Coal Corp. v. Drummond Coal Sales, Inc., 28 F.4th 1334 (11th Cir. 2022), in which the appellate court also found that our client was entitled to attorneys’ fees and litigation costs in addition to the judgment amount.
- Secured a multimillion dollar judgment in favor of a multinational corporation in a case involving a contract for port throughput capacity and the international export of metallurgical coal.
- Secured the dismissal of a federal RICO lawsuit seeking more than $100,000,000 in damages from eleven defendants that included both corporate entities and individuals.
- 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.
- Secured a summary judgment for 4 supervisory co-employees in a case where the plaintiff was seriously injured after falling 7 feet while operating a mud car at a coke plant.
- Obtained complete summary judgment in favor of a police officer and judicial magistrate on the basis that they were entitled to state agent immunity and absolute judicial immunity, respectively. The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals affirmed on appeal.
- Obtained summary judgment on a 42 USC 1983 claim brought against a municipal-owned utility, a former mayor, and the utility operations manager where the plaintiff alleged a violation of procedural due process under the Fourteenth Amendment arising out of the allegedly tortious disconnection of her electrical services. The Eleventh Circuit affirmed on appeal. Louise Alexander v. Edward May, 2012 WL 1758612 (11th Cir. 2012)
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of a municipality against a property owner who alleged that the city wrongfully condemned and demolished her property.
- Secured complete dismissal of all claims, which included invasion of privacy, defamation, abuse of process, and negligence, brought against several municipal employees, including a police officer.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of a property owner against an individual who brought eight separate counts, including negligent design, negligent creation of a defect, negligent maintenance, and negligent failure to warn, and alleged that he was injured by a defect on the premises while playing tennis. Miller ex rel. Miller v. Liberty Park Joint Venture, LLC, 84 So. 3d 88 (Ala. Civ. App. 2011)
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of a municipality and two police officers against an individual who alleged he was wrongfully arrested for capital murder.
News & Insights
- Davis, Wells & Presley Win Appeal for Multinational Corporation
- DAVIS, WELLS, AND PRESLEY SECURE AFFIRMANCE OF A JUDGMENT WORTH MORE THAN $45 MILLION DOLLARS FOR A MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION
- Twenty-Six Attorneys Named to the 2020 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
- SDF’s Davis, Wells, and Presley Secure a Judgment in Favor of a Multinational Corporation
- SDF Attorneys Davis, Wells & Presley Secure a Complete Dismissal of a Federal RICO Lawsuit Seeking More than $100,000,000 in Damages
- SDF’s Tony Davis, Trey Wells, and Ben Presley Secure Jury Verdict in Favor of Multinational Corporation
- THIRTY-ONE SDF ATTORNEYS NAMED TO THE 2019 EDITION OF MID-SOUTH SUPER LAWYERS
- THIRTY-ONE SDF ATTORNEYS NAMED TO THE 2018 EDITION OF MID-SOUTH SUPER LAWYERS
- Twenty-Eight SDF Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
- Newton Butler and Presley Obtain Favorable Ruling from The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals
- SDF ALERT: Alabama’s Workers Comp Law Unconstitutional?
- Butler and Presley Secure Complete Dismissal in Favor of an Alabama Municipality in a Tax Refund Action
- SDF Attorneys Perkins and Presley Obtain Favorable Ruling on Behalf of a Police Officer
- SDF Attorney Ben Presley Obtains Complete Summary Judgment in a Case Alleging Violations of 42 USC 1981, Title VII and the FMLA
- Starnes Davis Florie Names Four New Partners to the Firm
- Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
- Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers
- Thirty SDF Attorneys Named to Alabama Super Lawyers 2014
- Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Obtain Summary Judgment for 4 Supervisory Co-Employees in Coke Plant Accident
- Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Obtain Affirmance from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- 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.
- Ben enjoys anything outdoors, including sports, hunting, and grilling on his deck.