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BenSandlin

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Cincinnati

O 513.352.6514

BenSandlin

Associate

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense, Government Investigations & Government Enforcement

  • Represented treasurer of a nonprofit organization in a pre-indictment investigation into approximately $40,000 of missing funds, successfully removing the treasurer from a pool of suspects to a witness in any potential prosecution.
  • Represented an individual and the individual’s various businesses in a civil enforcement action brought by the Ohio Attorney General on behalf of Ohio EPA.
  • Represented an international shipping company in a pre-indictment investigation involving allegations that its employees engaged in various fraud-based offenses.
  • Conducted an investigation into a national vehicle servicer in connection with allegations of employee misconduct.
  • Represented a national airport maintenance and transportation company in a pre-indictment investigation and grand jury subpoena response.
  • Represented a vaping manufacturer and distributor relating to an investigation by ATF for PACT Act compliance.
  • Guided clients in responding to numerous grand jury subpoenas issued by state and federal grand juries relating to investigations being conducted by the FBI, SEC, ATF, FTC, SIGAR, and more.
  • 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.
  • Represented dozens of indigent clients pro bono relating to various charged offenses in state and federal court.

Injunctive Relief

  • Through trial, acquired emergency relief on behalf of an individual to cease his ex-partner’s occupation of the individual’s real property.
  • 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.
  • Defended two sales representatives against a request for immediate injunctive relief to prohibit their employment with a competitor and negotiated a separation from their previous employer to permit them to maintain competitive employment.
  • 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.
  • Defended a minority shareholder against emergency injunctive relief sought by the company she owned.

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).
  • Asserted claims for breach of non-competition covenant and trade secret misappropriation on behalf of a medical communications company against a former sales executive and sought emergency injunctive relief, including briefing appealable issues in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Negotiated a separation without litigation between a physician and his employer, dissolving restrictive covenants to which the physician was bound.
  • Negotiated the separation of two freight logistics brokers from their prior employer despite their execution of non-competition and non-solicitation restrictive covenants, ensuring they remained employed in the freight logistics brokerage field.
  • 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

  • Represented a general contractor through a trial in federal court relating to allegations that the general contractor deposited soil at an individual’s property in breach of a license to use that property, reducing millions in claimed damages to nominal damages.
  • Acquired summary judgment in favor of a defendant employer against a plaintiff asserting claims for federal and state race discrimination and retaliation and termination in violation of public policy.
  • Ongoing representation of a car dealership in all litigation-facing issues including consumer protection, breach of contract, recovery of amounts on secured loans, collections, and other issues.
  • Acquired an amicable settlement of claims surrounding an improperly imposed deed restriction on a business’ real property by the business’ prior members.
  • Negotiated business divorce between a small business owner and his partner after their business relationship soured.
  • Represented a commercial entity in a commercial lease dispute involving allegations of fraud.
  • 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 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

  • Serves as a conflicts panel attorney for state and federal courts in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Represented numerous residential tenants in landlord/tenant disputes.
  • Drafted terms of use and privacy policies for a local nonprofit STEM learning center.
  • Selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list, 2024
  • 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

Professional Associations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association, member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, member

Professional Activities

  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Southern District of Ohio, 2023-present
  • Member, Appointment Panel, Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office, 2021-present
  • Member, Pro Bono Committee, Thompson Hine, 2021-present
  • Visiting assistant professor, Trial Practice Practicum, Miami University
  • Coach, James Lewis Family Miami University Mock Trial Program
  • Volunteer representative tournament official, American Mock Trial Association

Community Activities

  • Co-chair (2023-2024) and member (2022-present), Case-Writing Committee, Ohio Center for Law-Related Education
  • Board member, iSPACE, 2022-present
  • Board member, GROW PBPO, Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, 2022-present
  • Co-founder; vice president and board member (2022-present), Reading Junior Senior High School Mock Trial Boosters

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. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit