Ben was born in Washington D.C., but was educated in England before graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management. Before starting Williams Intellectual Property, Ben worked for the USDA and the NRCS. Ben's skill set comes through his extensive work in pedology: the morphology, genesis, and classification of soils, an applied science combining chemistry, biology, and physics across complex systems and heterogeneous media. Ben started writing patents for attorneys at a high volume patent firm, learning patent law through hands-on, practical experience. Shortly after the birth of his daughter, Adelyn, Ben put himself through law school and was admitted to the California bar in 2022, passing the infamous Feb 22, 2022 Bar Exam (second lowest pass rate in California history) on his first attempt. Additionally, Ben has worked as an award-winning journalist and creative writer.