Portland Attorney Ben Souede

Ben Souede

Professional Background

Ben Souede has spent significant portions of his career in both private practice and public service. This diverse work history has provided him with significant experience in complex criminal and civil litigation, appellate and regulatory practice, and the shaping of public policy.

Mr. Souede received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School. While at law school, Mr. Souede served as Supreme Court Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Following graduation, he moved to Oregon to serve as a law clerk to Judge Susan P. Graber on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following the completion of his clerkship, Mr. Souede relocated to Washington, DC, where he served as Senior Advisor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). Mr. Souede then began his private law practice at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, DC, before returning to Oregon to continue his practice.

Mr. Souede has represented individuals in criminal proceedings in state and federal courts. He believes strongly that proper and vigorous representation is often most effective before a charging decision has been made; such representation can often help resolve investigations without charges ever being brought. To that end, Mr. Souede has represented individuals and companies before prosecutors and law enforcement officials during the investigatory process, and has assisted multiple companies in the course of conducting internal investigations.

Mr. Souede’s practice has also included representation of individuals and companies before federal and state regulatory bodies (including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission). Mr. Souede also has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending against complex civil claims, including securities litigation and medical device litigation.

In 2010, Mr. Souede was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to the Oregon State Board of Nursing. He was re-appointed to the OSB by Governor John Kitzhaber in 2013. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Oregon Innocence Project.

Mr. Souede has been recognized repeatedly as an Oregon “Rising Star” in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a Fortune 50 CEO in stock option backdating investigations conducted by the SEC, Department of Justice and corporate special litigation committee
  • Represented a major law firm in an Enron-related class action suit
  • Represented former executive director of major port in an environmental criminal prosecution
  • Represented a limited liability company in plaintiff-side securities fraud litigation
  • Represented a leading medical device manufacturer in more than a dozen lawsuits involving the rapid onset of shoulder joint destruction
  • Represented a public health care provider in administrative proceeding arising from a denial of services claim


  • “Demand continues to rise for help of forensic accountants” (Portland Business Journal, May 29, 2009) (co-author).
  • “Justice Department takes on ‘malicious’ mortgage lenders” (Portland Business Journal, August 29, 2008) (co-author).
  • “‘Scheme liability’ can put professional firms at risk” (Portland Business Journal, June 13, 2008) (co-author).
  • “Leading Case, PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin,” 115 Harv. L. Rev. 487 (2001).
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