Benjamin B. Au

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A.B., Public Policy, Duke University, 1999

J.D.,Yale Law School, 2003

Ben’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. Ben represents California’s leading tech companies and executives, investors, and entrepreneurs in the areas of trade secrets, breach of contract, and founder and corporate control disputes, as well as in government investigations and enforcement actions.  Ben has successfully 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. Ben has been named a Super Lawyer and Rising Star in the areas of Business Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense. Benchmark Litigation has repeatedly named Ben a Litigation Future Star, and in his slightly younger days, he regularly appeared on Benchmark Litigation’s Hotlist of top litigators in the United States under the age of 40.

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 also serves on the board of 826LA, a non-profit that provides literacy and writing programming to underserved children in Los Angeles.  Ben represents Southern California and Northern California on the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee.   

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 was the Chair of the Pacific Islander, Asian American, and Native American student association (PANA).  He received his A.B. in public policy, summa cum laude, from Duke University, where he was a recipient of the Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship, the Terry Sanford Award as the top graduating public policy student, and the Harry S. Truman scholarship, a national award for public service.