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Benjamin T. Johnson

River Point
444 West Lake Street
Suite 3200
Chicago, IL 60606


Ben is a trusted advisor to start-up and early-stage companies. He has built a successful practice counseling clients on labor and employment matters as well as litigating high-profile cases in court. Ben also advises entrepreneur and fast-growth clients on a variety of general legal issues that start-ups often encounter, blending legal advice with practical business solutions. Whenever appropriate, he collaborates and connects clients with other Michael Best subject-matter experts.

Ben leads Michael Best’s Beer, Wine & Spirts legal team. He has considerable experience counseling clients in the craft brewing, distilling, and viticulture industries, as well as clients in the cannabis and CBD industries. With his knowledge of the unique regulatory and operational challenges faced by start-ups breaking into these industries, Ben helps his clients remain compliant with federal and state safety, employment, environmental, and corporate regulations. He quickly spots other potential legal issues before they arise and collaborates with other Michael Best attorneys to provide proactive solutions.

Did You Know..

Ben loves being based in Chicago but finds any excuse to visit the mountains. He and his wife have skied and/or spent time in mountain ranges on five continents. 


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