Ben represents clients in all areas of matrimonial and family law, handling aspects of custody, visitation, parentage, spousal maintenance, child support, juvenile and guardianship at both the trial and appellate levels. He applies solid and practical experience from his financial background, along with other professional financial and tax advisors in the analysis of complex tax and business valuation issues as well as marital asset types. He also possesses strong mediation and negotiation skills in the development of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial and marital settlement agreements. Ben works with doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and educational professionals in utilizing various approaches in his practice including collaboration, mediation and litigation.
Ben has practiced family law throughout Vermont with Downs Rachlin Martin and Schoenberg & Associates. Before entering private practice in Vermont, Ben was a Domestic Violence Prosecutor as a Deputy States Attorney in the Northeast Kingdom in the States’s Attorney’s Offices in Caledonia, Essex and Orleans County handling both domestic violence and sexual assault cases and working with community groups. Prior to coming to Vermont in 2000, Ben was a Law Clerk to Justice ( later Chief Justice) Stephen A. Zappala of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and later joined the law firm of Meyer, Darraugh, Bebeneck, Eck & Hall as a litigation associate before forming King & King with Harriet Hults King. Before going to Law School, Ben was an Assistant Vice- President with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh serving the districts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware.
Ben has served as a Guardian Ad Litem, taught Pro-Se Education Classes and served on the Vermont Law Line Board of Directors. He has also been a Presentor at the NBI Seminar entitled “Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorces , November/2010; as well as been an Expert Witness in Pre-Nuptial Agreement case. Ben’s has also written an article entitled “Preserving Conversation and Relationships- Developing Your People Skills” for “The Vermont Bar Journal”, Summer 2008, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp-62-63.
Active in community affairs, Ben has served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington as well as the Vermont Law Line Board, as well as the National Guard Association of Vermont. In Pittsburgh, PA, Ben served as Board President of The Epilepsy Foundation of America- Allegheny Plateau Chapter, Housing for East Liberty People and Lighthouse, Inc.
Ben and Harriet King were owners of the 2007 and 2008 American Basketball Association Championship team- The Vermont Frost Heaves where Ben served on the teams Executive Committee. Other outside pursuits of Ben’s are gardening, and spending time with his family.
University of Pittsburgh
School of Law
University of Pittsburgh
Graduate School of Public
And International Affairs
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Certificate -Divorce Mediation Training Part I & II- 2006
Certificate- Finances in Divorce Mediation Training- 2006