Benjamin F. Wilson '73

Ben Wilson '73Chairman
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Washington, DC

Elected 2012 (Alumni Trustee)

A.B. Dartmouth College
J.D. Harvard University

Ben Wilson is the Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., the nation's premier environmental law firm and one of the first and largest such practices in the U.S. He has been lead counsel in numerous complex environmental litigation and regulatory matters for major consumer product corporations, automotive companies, retailers, oil and gas companies, municipalities, and developers. He serves as the Court-Appointed Monitor for the Duke Energy coal ash spill remediation project and as Deputy Monitor for Emissions & Environmental in the Volkswagen AG emissions proceedings.

Mr. Wilson is Chair of the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and serves on the Board of Directors of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, and the Board of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). For the past 30 years, he has been the Chairman of the Environmental, Energy, and Public Utilities Law section of the National Bar Association.

A tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, Mr. Wilson founded and manages the Diverse Partners Network and the African American General Counsel and Managing Partners Networks. He received the Lead by Example Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers and the MASKED Award from the United Negro College Fund in 2018, the Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award from the Defense Research Institute and the National Law Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund's Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award in 2016.

Mr. Wilson serves as an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at the Howard University School of Law. He served two terms as co-chairman of the Washington Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and in 2009 received the Committee's Wiley Branton Award for outstanding achievement in civil rights law.

At Dartmouth, Mr. Wilson was vice-president of his class and graduated magna cum laude with a history degree. His three brothers (Harrison '77, John '80, and Richard '84) also attended Dartmouth.

He and his wife Merinda have one married daughter, Rachel.