Ben Abel is a trial attorney seasoned in federal and state courtrooms. He focuses his practice on representing clients in product liability and class action cases, with a particular emphasis on food and beverage labeling claims. Ben’s litigation experience also includes premises liability, transportation, higher education, CERCLA and personal injury cases. He has successfully tried cases to verdict and argued a wide array of motions. Ben has also taken and defended party, witness, and expert depositions under federal and various states’ rules of practice.

Much of Ben’s practice is devoted to advising and defending food and beverage clients in food-related litigation, especially labeling claims. He advises manufacturers, distributors and retailers on matters related to Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Tax and Trade Bureau compliance. In this capacity, Ben has defended manufacturers and retailers in a series of lawsuits concerning the labeling of vanilla-flavored products, as well as suits involving many other labeling and marketing claims.

Ben serves as a frequent voice in the media, having been quoted on food and beverage litigation topics in the Sacramento Business Journal, “Harvest Public Media” on Kansas City public radio, and pharma publication HBW Insight. He speaks on food and beverage litigation topics at industry conferences, and his articles have appeared in Food Dive, QSR and Food Manufacturing.

Ben also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to pro bono efforts and the Volunteer Lawyer Project.

During law school, Ben externed with the Hon. David J. Novak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and interned with the Hon. Karen J. Burrell of the Norfolk Circuit Court. Prior to law school, Ben taught middle school for two years in Phoenix, Arizona.

Personal Interests

Outside the office, Ben enjoys watching college football, distance running, golfing and spending time with his golden retriever.

*Admitted only in Virginia; supervision by principals of the firm admitted to the D.C. bar.

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Bar Admissions

Admitted only in Virginia; supervision by principals of the firm admitted to the D.C. bar

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Virginia Supreme Court


William & Mary School of Law
J.D. Order of the Coif, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (senior notes editor) (2015)

University of Virginia
B.A. in History and Government, with distinction (2010)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Represented a habeas petitioner challenging his conviction as a minor by a since-convicted police detective
  • Represented a class of Virginia drivers challenging the Commonwealth’s license suspension scheme for failure to pay court debt, which resulted in the General Assembly’s repeal of the statute
  • Secured Special Immigrant Juvenile status for two minor children fleeing abuse and gang violence in their home country
  • Represented a Section 1983 plaintiff in a prisoner abuse suit in a favorable settlement

Professional Associations

Food & Drug Law Institute — Webinar Committee, 2020, 2022


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2024
  • Best Lawyers® — “Ones to Watch,” Products Liability Litigation — Defendants, 2022-24
  • Great North Innocence Project — Pro Bono Champions of the Year, 2023
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