- Construction Law
- Tort Law
- Business and Commercial Law
- Transportation Disputes
- Products Liability
Founding and Managing Partner. In 1985, Ben graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. In 1988, Ben received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
Ben was admitted to the California State Bar in 1988. Between 1988 and 1994, Ben worked with one of Orange County’s largest defense firms. In 1994, Ben opened his own law office, which now has become Trachtman & Trachtman, LLP. Ben’s practice has been devoted to litigating a wide array of business, construction, professional liability, transportation and many other tort disputes. His dynamic trial skills have enabled him to achieve extraordinary success in the courtroom. Ben employs a unique combination of ultra-preparedness, simplicity/conciseness in presentation, a keen perception of broad and locally-prevailing societal trends and attitudes as well as a passionately sincere interpersonal style that continually wins over jurors. Ben has successfully tried cases in both State and Federal courts, in and outside the State of California. Ben has successfully argued multiple appeals before the California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ben is routinely retained by our clients to handle their highest profile cases and/or those matters with the most significant exposure. Additionally, Ben is frequently asked to take over/try such cases from other law firms against the premiere Plaintiff’s trial attorneys in California, Nevada and other states around the country.
Over the years, Ben has developed an extensive following of clients in the ground transportation industry. Several of the country’s largest trucking and bus transit firms have chosen Ben to handle all or the bulk of their litigation disputes in Southern California.
A substantial portion of Ben’s practice is in the highly specialized area of commercial construction payment disputes. Ben represents several of the most prominent contractors in the nation prosecuting and defending payment claims under the Federal Miller Act, State Public Contracting Codes and Mechanic’s Lien legislation regulating private works of improvement. Ben’s practice covers all areas of construction and commercial litigation including: Drafting and negotiating contract documents; bid protests; counseling clients during construction and during close-out; and preparing and litigating complex construction claims. Ben has successfully litigated and arbitrated disputes on a variety of projects including: Military facilities, hospitals, mass transit systems, parking structures, luxury hotels, high-rise office buildings, commercial and industrial office complexes, retail centers, state and federal courthouses, luxury high-rise condominium and apartment complexes and universities. Over the years, Ben has collected over $100 million for our construction clients. Ben frequently lectures on many Construction Law topics.
In 2020, based on Ben’s prowess in the construction field, the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), the leading alternate dispute resolution organization in the world, invited and added Ben to serve on its distinguished Large Complex Case Panel of Construction Arbitrators. Since 2020, Ben has presided over numerous complex arbitration matters concerning performance and payment issues including several with over $10,000,000 in controversy. On the consumer side, Ben has also arbitrated multiple class action disputes and many other controversies between consumers and corporations.
In 2022, Ben decided that he could bring significant value to Plaintiffs and Defendants in Tort, Construction and Commercial litigation by serving as a Mediator. Ben completed his Mediation Training at the prestigious University of California, Hastings College of Law’s Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. Combining his stellar industry reputation for skillfully handling complex disputes, his dynamic interpersonal temperament and his unique relentless dedication to “close”, Ben believes he can assist so many litigants to achieve resolutions in situations where others cannot.
An ancillary portion of Ben’s practice is devoted to drafting a variety of commercial agreements including construction contracts, commercial leases and purchase and sale contracts. Ben also advises the Firm’s clients concerning said transactions.