Benjamin W. Snyder is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. He is a member of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Practice.
Mr. Snyder’s practice focuses on making complex regulatory and statutory programs accessible to generalist courts. He has successfully represented defense contractors and healthcare providers in a number of False Claims Act suits, including an appeal in which the Sixth Circuit set aside one of the largest post-trial False Claims Act damages awards ever entered against a defense contractor.
He has also been the primary brief-writer in several high-stakes tax appeals, and was part of a Latham team that persuaded the D.C. Circuit to set aside a Federal Maritime Commission decision denying a client’s Shipping Act claims in a nearly US$500 million lease dispute.
Mr. Snyder also practices in the federal district courts, working with trial teams to craft dispositive motions that narrow a case before trial or eliminate the need for trial altogether. For example, Mr. Snyder was part of a Latham team that obtained the dismissal of loss-based damages claims in a criminal prosecution brought under the Pipeline Safety Act; the ruling reduced the potential damages in the case by more than US$500 million.
Mr. Snyder also has an active pro bono practice. He currently represents District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser in her defense of the District’s Budget Autonomy Act and argued a habeas appeal before the Sixth Circuit in 2015. He has also drafted amicus briefs in both the Courts of Appeal and the US Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Snyder served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.