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Benjamin L. Riemer
Biography

Ben Riemer is an aggressive and creative business litigator. Having devoted his career to litigating high-stakes business disputes, Ben understands the nuanced dynamics of the modern commercial litigation landscape. Ben also has the unique ability to think outside the box, and develop creative solutions to accomplish his clients’ goals. Clients with significant financial interests know they can trust Ben to deliver results. Ben has successfully advocated for his clients in all arenas, including state and federal courts, appellate courts, and arbitration forums across the United States. Ben is driven by one simple mantra—he will fight to win in every matter affecting his clients.


Ben has delivered favorable outcomes for clients in a variety of industries, including securities, construction, banking, real estate, oil & gas, and more. Ben’s litigation docket routinely includes “business divorce” cases, partnership disputes, business torts, contractual disputes, fiduciary duty claims, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Ben often defends clients against overly restrictive non-compete agreements, and pursues claims against employees who flout the terms of reasonable non-competes.

Ben also channels his love of sports by litigating sports law-related matters. Ben is proud to be a member of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Albany Law School, 2008
  • B.A., Syracuse University, 2002

Related Industries

Representative Matters
Entertainment, Media, and Sports
  • Represented a Major League Baseball / National Basketball Association sports broadcaster in an employment contract dispute with the broadcaster’s radio station. 
  • Represented a professional hockey team in a federal lawsuit against the owners of the team’s arena, in a case involving infringement of the team’s trademarks and image.
Broker/Dealer and Securities
  • On behalf of a broker-dealer, Ben obtained a state court temporary restraining order and temporary injunction against a former registered representative, restraining the continued use of the company’s trade secrets and confidential information, and defended the restraining order in the parallel FINRA proceeding. 
  • In a dispute involving a series of cases in Texas state court, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division, the American Arbitration Association, and a FINRA proceeding in Philadelphia, Ben represented a registered representative against the registered representative’s former broker-dealer affiliate, defeating the broker-dealer’s request for an injunction.
Franchise Litigation
  • Represented the Belgian franchisee of a global commercial cleaning franchisor in Texas state court and the Dallas Court of Appeals.
  • Litigated a proceeding in the American Arbitration Association (AAA) on behalf of the owners of car wash franchises in a dispute against a national car wash chain in a case involving claims for breach of the franchise agreement and fraudulent inducement in connection with the signing of the franchise agreement.
Construction Litigation
  • Routinely handles cases involving surety bond claims and mechanic’s and materialman’s lien claims.
  • Represented a hotel owner in a case involving the removal of an invalid and unenforceable mechanic’s lien. 
  • Represented a ready-mix concrete company in an adversary proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division, objecting to the dischargeability of over $500,000 in unpaid debt.
Restaurant, Food, and Beverage
  • Represented a Dallas restaurant chain, and obtained a temporary restraining order against the former owner of the restaurant chain to prevent the former owner from opening a competing restaurant concept.
  • In a series of lawsuits in Texas state court, Ben represented a limited partner in a partnership dispute involving the Starbucks Coffee locations at D/FW Airport, the food and beverage concessions at the Dallas Convention Center, and the gas stations at D/FW Airport.
Bankruptcy
  • Represented a metals company and its principals in an adversary proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Plano Division, in a case involving claims under the Racketeering and Corrupt Practices Act (RICO). 
  • Obtained an order dissolving a temporary restraining order entered against his client, a Fortune 1000 company, in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. 
Non-Competes
  • Represented the treasurer of a large banking institution in a non-compete case brought by the treasurer’s former employer. Ben second chaired the temporary injunction trial and the Court permitted the employee to begin his new job.
  • Represented a financial adviser in a non-compete case brought by the financial adviser’s former employer, and defeated the employer’s request for an injunction. 
Oil & Gas
  • Represented a private equity firm in a $2 million escrow dispute in connection with the acquisition of a manufacturer of riser pins for off shore oil rigs. 
  • Represented an oil pipeline company in a case involving extensive liens filed against various substations.
Metals and Commodities
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and a temporary injunction on behalf of a stainless steel company in a dispute against a shareholder. 
  • Represented a global metals producer in a series of complex commercial cases in Texas state court, United States federal court, and the courts of Chile, as part of a team of lawyers, against a Chilean competitor in a large-scale international dispute. 
Pro Bono / Public Policy Matters
  • Represented a small Dallas college in a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against a regional accreditation agency.
  • Litigated a case against a Texas municipality involving claims brought under the Voting Rights Act, resulting in the municipality having to redraw its City Council district maps. 
Noteworthy
  • Selected as a Texas Rising Star®, Texas Monthly, 2014, 2015 and 2017
  • Albany Law Review, Member
  • Clerk, New York State Governor’s Counsel’s Office, 2007-2008
  • Student Body President, Syracuse University, 2001
  • Prior to beginning his legal career, Ben worked for 3 years in the majority communications office in the New York State Assembly in Albany, New York. 
Activities & Memberships
  • Texas Real Estate Council (TREC), Team Leader, Research and Development Committee
  • American Bar Association, Vice Chairman, Professionals’, Officers’, and Directors’ Liability Committee; Member of Litigation Section, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, and Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Member
  • Dallas Breakfast Group, Member
  • Texas Bar Association, Construction Law Section and Litigation Section
  • Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law Section and Business Litigation Section
  • Lee Elementary Dads Club, President 2015-2016
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA), Volunteer
  • Ben and his wife Mary Alice are Members of the SMU Mustang Club and Contemporary Members of the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum