Benjamin Lee is an experienced litigator with a focus on complex and high-stakes land use and environmental matters. Public entities and private clients rely on Ben for his zealous advocacy, focused analytical abilities, and pragmatic approach to handling cases.
Ben’s recent representative matters include defending an East Bay city in numerous land use challenges arising from its approval of a residential home development project and advising a Southern California county on federal and state environmental cost recovery claims in connection with the closure of a lead acid battery recycling plant. He is well versed in all phases of litigation including drafting pleadings, managing discovery, preparing motions and dispositive briefs, and negotiating case settlements. His practice has also involved representing clients in administrative enforcement proceedings before the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and the California Air Resources Board.
Ben’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies, large and small public entities, and individuals. Prior to joining Downey Brand, Ben worked for a top international law firm and a California-based law firm that represents public entities throughout California. He began his career as an assistant attorney general with the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General.
Honors And Rankings
Law Clerk to Judge Juliet McKenna, District of Columbia Superior Court, 2012-2013