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BenSandlin

AssociateBen.Sandlin@ThompsonHine.com
Cincinnati

O 513.352.6514

M 513.516.5734

BenSandlin

Associate

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense & Investigations

  • Represented treasurer of a non-profit organization in a pre-indictment investigation into approximately $40,000 of funds missing from accounts, successfully removing the treasurer from a pool of suspects to a witness in any potential prosecution.
  • Guided clients in responding to numerous grand jury subpoenas for documents, including one concerning an investigation by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
  • Responded to a state attorney general’s letter concerning alleged consumer protection violations by a direct-to-consumer retailer of children’s toys.
  • Drafted sentencing memoranda for clients facing prison terms, advocating for decreased terms or community control.

Injunctive Relief

  • Sought emergency injunctive relief on behalf of a manufacturer of bedding supplies when top executives resigned and sought employment with a competitor, resulting in an amicable settlement including injunctive relief.
  • Acquired emergency injunctive relief on behalf of a medical communications company to cease an ex-officer’s access to trade secrets and violation of a non-competition agreement.
  • Acquired emergency injunctive relief on behalf of a company providing software as a service to cease two ex-salespersons’ access and alleged use of trade secrets in operating their own competing company in violation of non-competition agreements.
  • Through trial, acquired emergency relief on behalf of an individual to cease his ex-partner’s occupation of the individual’s real property.
  • Defended a minority shareholder against emergency injunctive relief sought by the company.

Breach of Non-Competition Agreements & Trade Secret Misappropriation

  • Successfully defended client from allegations of civil contempt for alleged violations of a consent judgment enforcing non-competition covenants. See LCA-Vision, Inc. d/b/a LASIKPLUS et al. v. Sanjay Desh Goel, M.D., No. 1:19-cv-00818 (S.D. Ohio Nov. 19, 2020) (J. Dlott).
  • Successfully negotiated a separation without litigation between a physician and his employer, dissolving restrictive covenants to which the physician was bound.
  • Defended a third-party logistics company through mediation and acquired settlements for individuals it employed in alleged violations of their restrictive covenants with a national third-party logistics company.
  • Drafted numerous motions and oppositions to dismiss on various bases and motions for summary judgment on non-competition and trade secret claims.

Business and Contract Disputes

  • Negotiated a settlement between a small software development company and a nationally recognized business automation company for claims for the national company’s alleged breaches of contract and conversion of funds.
  • Negotiated business divorce between a small business owner and his partner after their business relationship soured.
  • Represented a general contractor construction company for alleged violations of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act and Mortgage Loan and Broker laws.
  • Negotiated a settlement of alleged violations of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act for a construction and roofing company.
  • Analyzed culpability of late deliveries of internationally shipped goods which were late being delivered to consumers and coordinated a response to various public complaints.
  • Negotiated numerous settlements on unpaid invoices or similar accounts for parties to whom and from whom payments are owed.

Pro Bono

  • Represented and defended indigent defendants that the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office cannot represent either through conflicts of interest or overloaded dockets.
  • Drafted terms of use and privacy policies for local non-profit STEM learning center.
  • John W. Peck Trial Practice Award, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Federal Bar Association, 2019
  • Chief Justice W. Ward Reynoldson Award for Outstanding Coaching of Trial Advocacy, American Mock Trial Association, 2018
  • Best Closing Argument, National Trial Advocacy Competition, 2018
  • Best Oral Advocate, National Moot Court Competition, 2018
  • All-National Attorney, American Mock Trial Association, 2016
  • All-Regional Attorney, American Mock Trial Association, 2016
  • All-Regional Attorney, American Mock Trial Association, 2012

Community Activities

  • Miami University, Visiting Assistant Professor, Trial Practice Practicum and James Lewis Family Miami University Mock Trial Program Coach
  • American Mock Trial Association, Volunteer Representative Tournament Official

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2019,
    magna cum laude
  • Miami University, B.A., 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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