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Mr. Wasserman is Chairman of the Firm’s Legal Malpractice Section. His practice focuses on the law governing lawyers, with emphasis on legal malpractice, professional ethics, lawyer advertising, billing disputes and the fiduciary duties of practicing lawyers. He has been involved in more than 1000 such cases, prosecuting, defending and consulting on substantial claims in these areas. Lawyers, Law Firms and Professional Liability insurance companies frequently call upon Ben to serve as their strategic consultant and expert witness on liability and causatlon issues in legal malpractice litigation. Public and private corporations seek him out when they have been damaged by the substandard legal representation in major commercial transactions and litigations. Several important reported court decisions in state and federal courts have cited Ben’s expert opinions as the basis for their decisions. He is credited with recently getting his client, a publicly traded corporation, one of the largest settlements against a major international law firm.
Since 1990, Ben has served as Special Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law, where he has taught a full semester course in Lawyer Malpractice. He has also been a guest lecturer at other law schools at home and abroad and has served on the faculty of continuing legal education programs in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Ben is the lead author of the New Jersey Law Journal’s Annual Review of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decisions in the areas of legal ethics and malpractice. He is the Editor of the Legal Malpractice Law Review, a popular internet based blog.
Ben is a graduate of Hunter College (B.A. 1968, M.A. 1971). He received his J.D. cum laude in 1974 from Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Hofstra Law Review. He is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and in the United States District Courts, Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. In 1985, the Supreme Court of New Jersey certified Ben as a Civil Trial Attorney. He serves on the Malpractice Insurance and Legal Education Committees of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has been elected to SuperLawyers® in the field of Professional Liability and to Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law and Legal Malpractice Law. He holds the AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. In 2008, the NJ Law Journal voted him “Lawyer of the Year” for his work as lead counsel representing SuperLawyers® Magazine, and for his work in persuading the NJ Supreme Court that its own attorney advertising rules violated constitutionally protected commercial free speech. As a result, the Court directed that those advertising rules be changed to allow NJ lawyers to participate in SuperLawyers’ peer rating polls and advertising.