Finding Strength in Vulnerability with Ben GideonListen Now
In this inspiring episode, Ben talks about how many trial lawyers face personal challenges they must overcome to find happiness and success in their practices. Ben reveals how his own journey to overcome anxiety helped to shape his character and approach as a trial lawyer.
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.