Benjamin Genn is a Washington, D.C., litigation attorney who focuses his practice on complex commercial disputes and government investigations in all stages of state and federal court litigation. He is well-versed in handling matters for individuals, organizations and small to large corporations regarding business litigation, class action litigation, regulatory issues, government enforcement, internal investigations and white collar crime.
In addition, Mr. Genn is experienced in performing legal research; drafting motions, memoranda and correspondence; and managing discovery regarding real estate disputes, business torts, breach of contract and allegations of fraud. He also helps advise clients facing U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations and other federal or state agency inquiries.
Mr. Genn has defended multiple clients subject to investigative and enforcement proceedings brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), state attorneys general and other consumer protection-oriented agencies. In addition, he advises clients on developing robust compliance management systems and conducts compliance audits and reviews for entities within the jurisdiction of the FTC, CFPB and other state regulatory bodies.
Mr. Genn clerked for the Honorable Steven G. Salant of the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Maryland. During his clerkship, Mr. Genn drafted bench memoranda, researched and drafted judicial opinions, and prepared the court for criminal and civil bench and jury trials regarding a variety of disputes, including breach of contract, insurance litigation, employment litigation and business torts. Mr. Genn also served as a judicial intern for Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Genn worked in the office of a prominent international law firm, where his practice focused on white collar defense, securities litigation, government investigations and complex commercial litigation.
During law school, Mr. Genn served as a notes and comment editor for the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.
- Representing a large university through trial in which a directed verdict defending his client was attained in a breach of contract action involving a commercial lease dispute
- Assisting companies and individuals in defending and bringing claims for fraud, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and enforcement of non-solicitation and non-compete agreements
- Representing corporations, real estate developers and other business entities in breach of contract litigation
- Defending multiple companies, including a large payment processor, in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigations involving allegations of deceptive, unfair and abusive business practices, including those with concerns over substantiation of advertising claims and marketing practices on social media
- Defending a target of a consumer protection investigation conducted by the attorney general for the District of Columbia
- Representing clients in response to government investigations by the FTC, CFPB, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Department of State (DOS)
- Representing employers against Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state wage and hour claims
- American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude
- College of Charleston, B.A.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Court of Appeals of Maryland
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
- American Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar
- The First Tee Young Professionals Council, Board Member
- Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
- Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, 2017, 2019