Benjamin R. Merrill is a member of BrownWinick and currently serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation practice group. Ben practices primarily in the area of litigation. Ben represents clients in various levels of litigation, including federal, state, and administrative proceedings in all areas of business litigation, workers’ compensation, employment and labor law, construction law and agribusiness.
Ben has been involved in trial work for his entire legal career. As a litigator, Ben has helped secure favorable rulings for clients in several substantive areas, including personal injury, business contract disputes, product liability cases and family law. A highlight of Ben’s litigation career came when he assisted in securing a verdict in excess of a million dollars in a first-party bad faith insurance case. He has successfully represented clients in all stages of workers’ compensation litigation, including arbitration hearings, alternate medical care requests, and hearings for judicial review. Ben also counsels employers regarding liability with respect to human resource policies, OSHA, unlawful discrimination and harassment, and other workplace issues that may arise. Ben has spoken at CLEs and provided training materials regarding various workers’ compensation issues in Iowa.
Ben is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State Bar Associations. Ben was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 2008. He is also licensed to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa, as well as the United States Tax Court.
After growing up in the Des Moines area, Ben graduated from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He received his B.A. in Political Science, with Minors in French and Economics, in 2005. Prior to law school, Ben worked as an intern at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. in the Office of Justice Programs and Office of Communications. Ben received his J.D. in 2008, with honors, from Drake University Law School. During law school, Ben was Editor-in-Chief of the Drake Journal of Agriculture Law from 2007-2008 and an Editorial Staff Member from 2006-2007. He was active with the International Law Society, Environmental Law Society, and the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. In the Spring of 2008, Ben was published in the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law for his article regarding federal regulation of animal feeding operations. Upon graduation from law school, Ben worked as a judicial law clerk for the Eighth Judicial District of Iowa.
Ben is on the Board of Directors of the Child and Family Policy Center. In the past he has volunteered as a judge for the Iowa Junior High School Mock Trial Competition.