Benjamin S. Towbin focuses his practice in the areas of white collar criminal defense and civil litigation. He has tried more than thirty cases in federal and state courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including over fifteen jury trials.
As a defense attorney, Ben draws on his experience as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island and the District Attorney's Office for Middlesex County, Massachusetts. His inside knowledge of how federal and state courts work, along with how federal and state prosecutors approach, investigate, and prosecute cases positions him to secure the best possible outcome for his clients.
At the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island, Ben prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes. There, he conducted a jury trial that involved a scheme to defraud individuals of hundreds of thousands dollars using counterfeit U.S. currency. He also tried several so called “bench” trials before United States District and Magistrate judges, including, but not limited to fraud and assault cases. In addition to his trial experience, Ben investigated and secured indictments in fraud, narcotics, immigration, and theft cases.
As an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Ben appeared routinely in the district and juvenile courts on matters involving insurance fraud, domestic assault and batteries, narcotics, motor vehicle, and firearms, among others.
Prior to graduating law school, Ben served as a legal intern at the White House in Washington, D.C. As an intern at the Office of White House Counsel and the Office of the Legal Advisor to the National Security Council, he drafted legal memoranda involving high-level statutory, administrative, constitutional, and international legal issues for senior White House officials. He also advised White House officials and others on government ethics laws.
Ben has also spent several years at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington D.C. and Virginia. From June 2010 to September 2011, he served as the Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. Prior to that, he worked at the DOJ headquarters in the Counterterrorism Section and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. While there, Ben spent years investigating a multi-national conspiracy to defraud the IRS and fund terrorism.
Ben is a graduate of Cornell University and received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 2012, where he served on the George Washington International Law Review.