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  • Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.
    325 N. LaSalle St. Suite 350
    Chicago, IL 60654
  • (312) 751-1170


  • Washington University School of Law, J.D. (1987)
  • Brown University, B.A. (1984)

Benjamin Blustein is a civil litigator with more than 30 years of trial experience.  His practice focuses on discrimination, civil rights, environmental and public client litigation. Ben has been named a Leading Lawyer by his peers, and has tried numerous cases to verdict in federal and state courts across the country.

Prior to joining Miner, Barnhill & Galland in 2007, Ben served for many years as a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he brought lawsuits to enforce federal anti-discrimination laws. He also served as a voting rights attorney for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., where he worked to enforce and advance voting rights.

At MBG, Ben represents both individual clients as well as organizations like the NAACP and Sierra Club. In recent years, he has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for numerous states that have sued companies for violating consumer protection and anti-fraud laws.  This work has included representing several states that brought cases against drug manufacturers for reporting inflated drug prices that resulted in windfall profits at the expense of taxpayers.

Ben is also a trained mediator, and mediates cases for the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

  • Discrimination, Employment and Civil Rights

    For more than two decades, Ben has brought lawsuits to protect the rights of workers to be free from employment discrimination. He has represented firefighters, teachers, restaurant employees and other workers.  His experience includes handling cases alleging race, gender, and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, and unlawful testing procedures.  In addition, Ben handles voting rights cases, and has represented clients such as the League of Women Voters and others seeking to enforce federal voting laws.

  • Environmental Litigation

    Ben helps individuals and organizations enforce their rights against corporate polluters. Ben recently represented Sierra Club in lawsuits alleging that a utility company’s coal-fired power plants violated the Clean Air Act’s standards for air pollution.

  • State and Local Government Representation, Consumer Protection and Whistleblower Litigation

    Ben represents state and local governments who sue companies for unlawful marketing and pricing practices that violate false claims, anti-fraud and consumer protection laws. He has served as counsel for several states in “Average Wholesale Price” trials against drug companies, and has worked with Attorneys General’s offices to recover funds in litigation against opioid and e-cigarette manufacturers. Ben also represents individual whistleblowers who expose fraud against the government.

Community Service Activities

Ben is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Since 2008, he has served on the Chicago area’s Legal Committee for Election Protection, a national coalition that provides an Election Day voter hotline and voter protection field programs. Ben also serves as a mediator for the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

Bar Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court (1988)

District of Columbia (1989)

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (1990)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2007)

U.S. Supreme Court (2006)

Pro hac vice admissions in state or federal trial courts in Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin

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