Benjamin B. Au

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B.A., Duke University, 1999

J.D.,Yale Law School, 2003

Ben’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. In his white collar practice, Ben focuses on defending individuals in government investigations and enforcement actions. Ben’s civil practice focuses on tech industry clients in the areas of trade secrets, breach of contract, and co-founder and corporate control disputes. His clients include California’s leading tech companies and executives, investors, and entrepreneurs. Ben has tried criminal and civil cases in California and federal courts and has briefed or argued appeals at every level. 

In 2015, Ben was recognized by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal as one of the Top 20 Under 40 lawyers in California. In 2018, Ben was named a Super Lawyer in the area of Business Litigation and was named a Rising Star in White Collar Criminal Defense and Business Litigation from 2014-2017. From 2016-2018, Benchmark Litigation named Ben to its Hotlist of top litigators in the United States under the age of 40 and a Future Star in 2018. 

Ben is an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the United States Court of Appeal to the Ninth Circuit. He serves on the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a member of the NACDL’s White Collar Committee. He is also a member of the board of 826LA, a non-profit that provides literacy and writing programs to underserved students in Los Angeles, and the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee. He is a frequent speaker on topics including white collar crime, trade secrets, and legal ethics.  

Ben was previously a shareholder of Caldwell Leslie & Proctor in Los Angeles and, prior to that, an associate at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco. Ben began his legal career as law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ben received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School, where he founded the Capital Assistance Project, and his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, where he was a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar and a Harry S. Truman Scholar.