- Non-Compete & Trade Secrets
- Commercial Litigation
- Financial Services Litigation
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Banking & Financial Institution Disputes
- "Bet the Company" Litigation
- Class Action
- Fiduciary, Trust & Estate Litigation
- Securities Litigation
- UCC Litigation
- Unfair Competition & False Advertising Litigation
|University ||Baylor University, B.A., 1994-1998; Wayne State University, M.A., 1998-1999|
|Law School||Samford University Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 2007-2010|
|Admitted||2010, Alabama; US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; US District Court - Middle District of Alabama; US District Court - Northern District of Alabama; US District Court - Southern District of Alabama; US District Court - Northern District of Florida|
American Bar Association
Alabama State Bar
Birmingham Bar Association
Judge James Edwin Horton American Inn of Court
Ben is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation group where his clients include community, regional and national banks business owners; insurance companies; and individuals involved in business disputes, consumer protection, real property disputes, false advertising, non-compete agreement enforcement and contract matters, and securities fraud.
Ben has assisted in the defense of banks and related entities, and their employees, in mortgage, securities and financial fraud cases, and consumer protection claims, the defense of a industrial container business against false advertising claims, and clients of all types in title dispute matters.
Prior to practicing as a commercial litigator, Ben spent several years as a debate coach and instructor in the Department of Communication Studies at Samford University. He has been involved with debate since high school, and participated at the college level as a student (a member and president of the Debate Team at Baylor University) and a coach (coaching at Wayne State University and Samford University).
What is your favorite thing about the law?
It is full of interesting stories and ideas which affect peoples' lives.
What was your first job?
I mowed lawns.
What are your hobbies?
Basketball, running, reading, competition of any kind.
What advice would you give to a young student in law school?
Work hard enough that you feel confident that you did everything you could do to reach your goals, but take advantage of the opportunity to learn about ideas that interest you and to enjoy the people around you.
What is your favorite lawyer joke?
What's the difference between a lawyer and a snake run down on the highway? There are skid marks in front of the snake.
How do you define a good day?
A good day is one in which I work hard and succeed, after which I spend time with my wife and daughters.
How do you spend your weekend?
I enjoy watching and playing sports, going on outings with the family, and catching up with friends.
Burr Alert: Reverse Churning: Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel
Burr Alert: FINRA Sends Transition Bonus Disclosure Rule to SEC
Burr Alert: Interim Final Volcker Rule Approved
Burr Alert: Proposed FINRA Rules Governing Markups, Commissions and Fees
Burr Alert: FINRA Amends Subpoena and Arbitrator Order Rules
Burr Alert: FINRA Updates Guidance on its Suitability Rule
Don't Take the Wrong Way Out
Honors & Awards
Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Star, Business Litigation (2014)
Order of the Barrister, Cumberland School of Law, Member
Named executive editor of the Cumberland Law Review
East Lake Arts District, Board of Directors
Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program, Participant
Birmingham Volunteer Lawyer Program Participant
Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.), Participant
Legal Eagles Educational Program, Participant
Birmingham MS Leadership Class of 2013
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Reverse Churning: Don't Fall Asleep at the Wheel
Benjamin B. Coulter,Rhett Owens, July 17, 2014
It is obvious that broker-dealers and their registered representatives, and investment advisors, must be careful in making recommendations to clients. But the recent increase in regulatory interest relating to inaction in a client account should also give pause to members of the securities...
FINRA Sends Transition Bonus Disclosure Rule to SEC
Benjamin B. Coulter,Al F. Teel, May 23, 2014
In a move designed to increase transparency between its member firms’ registered persons (“representatives”) and their former clients when they move from one firm to another, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") recently submitted FINRA Rule 2243 to the...
“Interim Final” Volcker Rule Approved
Benjamin B. Coulter, January 31, 2014
On December 10, 2013, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Securities Exchange Commission announced the “final rules” implementing § 619 of...
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