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Benjamin Wolverton

Benjamin Wolverton

Senior Associate

Benjamin Wolverton's practice encompasses a variety of complex commercial matters, with a particular focus on white collar criminal defense investigations and related litigation, matters often involving coordination with legal teams across the globe. Benjamin has experience representing clients before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, as well as assisting clients in conducting internal investigations and in responding to inquiries launched by federal, state, and foreign investigative authorities.

Benjamin has represented individual and corporate clients in connection with law enforcement investigations led by the authorities of the United States, New York State, and foreign governments, and has appeared on behalf of clients in presentations before, and formal responses, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice. Benjamin was seconded in-house to a global luxury retail company to provide regulatory and compliance advice and drafting of internal compliance policies. 

Benjamin has a robust pro bono practice that has spanned cases involving access to housing, criminal defense of indigent defendants, domestic abuse victims' rights, and historical preservation, with a particular focus on representing LGBTQ+ and HIV+ clients fleeing persecution from their home countries.

Benjamin earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where he served as the Administrative Editor of the Boston University Law Review. Prior to joining the firm, he interned with the Securities Division of the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth and with the Honorable Mary E. Fairhurst of the Washington Supreme Court. Benjamin is proficient in French, and is an active member of Arnold & Porter' PRIDE Group for LGBTQ+ attorneys.

Experience

  • Sotheby’s in a major victory after a three-week jury trial in the Southern District of New York. Defeated all claims that client had colluded with art dealer Yves Bouvier to sell works of art to a Russian oligarch at highly inflated prices. The alleged fraud had been considered one of the largest art frauds in history, valued at up to $1 billion. Accent Delight v. Sotheby’s, 18 Civ. 9011 (JMF).
  • Multinational art auction house in investigation by the DOJ in connection with the Jho Low-1MDB Malaysian corruption and money laundering scandal.
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturer against RICO claims brought by an insurance company, Medical Mutual Ohio (MMO). All claims were dismissed on summary judgment.  
  • Individual in FIFA investigation and prosecution pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Perspectives

Arnold & Porter Notches Win for Sotheby’s
Enforcement Edge: Shining Light on Government Enforcement

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 2013
  • B.A., University of Portland, 2009

Admissions

  • New York
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