As Pro Bono partner, Ben Weinberg works with Dentons’ Global and US Pro Bono Committees, with the firm’s Pro Bono team, and with firm-wide and regional leadership to manage the Firm’s substantial pro bono program.
In addition, Ben helps develop new pro bono initiatives with legal aid providers, nonprofits and NGOs. He encourages and facilitates pro bono participation across Dentons and helps firm lawyers establish pro bono practices that complement and expand their billable practices. Ben also helps develop and support pro bono and community service partnerships with Dentons’ clients. Prior to joining Dentons in 2008, Ben served as Chief of the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Interest Division. Before that, Ben was an equity partner and associate at Jenner and Block in Chicago, where he tried five cases to verdict for firm clients, and maintained an active pro bono practice, including representation of a death row inmate who received clemency in 2003. Ben began his legal practice as a staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago (Englewood office), where he represented indigent clients and specialized in domestic violence matters and juvenile court abuse and neglect cases. Ben also served as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Bauer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Ben was President of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo) in 2016. He frequently presents at leading pro bono conferences, including the PILnet Global Pro Bono Forum, ABA/National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s Equal Justice Conference, and the Pro Bono Institute’s Annual Conference. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University School of law, where he co-teaches a seminar on pro bono in large law firms.