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Elawvate is where the practice of trial law meets personal growth. To succeed as a trial lawyer and build a successful law firm requires practice skills, strategic thinking and some amount of business and entrepreneurial savvy. Elawvate is a place to learn and share skills and strategies for success.

But it is also a place to dig deeper and achieve personal growth.

Those who succeed as trial lawyers at the highest levels cultivate character, principle, integrity, leadership, courage, compassion and perseverance.  

We learn and draw inspiration from those who have achieved this success.

Mostly, we hope Elawvate will be a place where we, as trial lawyers, can communicate honestly with each other, confront challenges and overcome fears and obstacles that sometimes hold us back, and through this process, elevate ourselves--both within and outside the law.

We look forward to taking this journey together.


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Ben is a founding partner of Gideon Asen LLC—a plaintiff trial firm located in the State of Maine. Ben is fascinated by human nature and politics, loves to study people, read biographies and books written by other lawyers and better understand what makes people tick and how people and groups, especially juries, make important decisions.

Ben grew up in Maine, attended Cornell University and earned his JD from The Yale Law School in 1999.  Following law school, Ben clerked for the Honorable Justice Kermit V. Lipez on the United States District Court, First Circuit Court of Appeals.  Ben began his legal career in the litigation department of the New York City Office of Latham & Watkins. 

In 2003, Ben returned to Maine to join a plaintiff trial firm.  While there, Ben had many great successes—including a landmark $22.5 million verdict in Burlington, Vermont, and more than 27 verdicts and settlements of more than $ 1 million across five separate States—and some disappointing failures.  In 2020, after 17 years at one firm, Ben left to open a new firm, Gideon Asen LLC, which focuses on medical malpractice on behalf of patients and other high-value personal injury cases, industrial and maritime accidents, product liability and toxic tort cases.

In 2019, Ben became only the second lawyer in Maine to be inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group of the best 100 plaintiff lawyers in the United States.  In 2020, Ben (along with co-host, Rahul,) were inducted as Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only group limited to the top 1% of lawyers.

Ben lives in Freeport, Maine, with his wife Sara, and their three children, Julian, Aleksandr, and Anna Josephine.  Sara recently completed two terms as Maine’s Speaker of the House and was the 2020 Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Maine.

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Rahul Ravipudi is a partner at Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP and has spent his legal career handling catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving commercial vehicles, pedestrians, industrial or construction accidents, utility negligence, dangerous conditions of public and private property as well as cases of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Mr. Ravipudi also represents consumers in class actions against businesses who engage in unfair/illegal business practices and public entities in cases where corporations have endangered the safety, health, property, or comfort of the public.

Mr. Ravipudi currently serves as Public Entity Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel in the JUUL Labs Product Cases, representing school districts and other public entities in California involved in litigation against the electronic cigarette manufacturer. Has also serves as Plaintiffs Co-Lead Counsel in the Southern California Fire Cases litigation arising out of the 2017 Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flows in Montecito, California as well as on the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the California North Bay Fires litigation. Mr. Ravipudi previously served on the Steering Committee in the Blythe bus crash litigation.

Named 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year by Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Mr. Ravipudi has obtained numerous landmark verdicts and settlements including a $160.5 million jury verdict for a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a vicious beating by security personnel for a nightclub, a $28,500,000+ settlement for a special needs student who was catastrophically injured after being struck by a vehicle while under the care and supervision of Victor Elementary School District (VESD) personnel, as well as a $23,500,000 settlement on behalf of the family of Paul Lee, a 19-year-old non-verbal autistic student who tragically died aboard a Whittier school bus after the driver left him behind to engage in a sexual tryst with a coworker. The Lee case was a catalyst for significant change in school transportation with Governor Jerry Brown signing the “Paul Lee School Bus Safety Law” in September 2016, requiring all school buses in the state of California to be equipped with a child safety alarm system that must be deactivated by the bus driver before departing the bus. The new law will go into effect at the start of the 2018-19 school year and requires bus drivers to receive training in child-safety check procedures.

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