Ben Seel is Counsel & Legal Analyst for Democracy Forward.

At Democracy Forward, Ben has represented municipalities, non-profits, and individuals in administrative law and constitutional challenges to unlawful actions with a focus on justice, national security, immigration, and health care issues.

Ben joined Democracy Forward from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he was a litigation associate. His time at Milbank included pro bono work focused on criminal justice, civil rights, and immigration matters, as well as civil litigation connected to corporate financial restructurings, including through the bankruptcy process. Prior to law school, Ben spent time researching arms control and nuclear nonproliferation issues, and also worked as a community organizer with Organizing for America and a Maine-based non-profit focused on environmental issues.

A native of Maine, Ben holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in History from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Ben is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Featured Lawsuits
  • Immigration

Baltimore v. Trump

Defending immigrants and their families against the State Department's anti-immigrant public charge changes, in partnership with the City of Baltimore.

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  • Immigration

Asylum seekers, RAICES v. Cuccinelli, USCIS

Stopping the Trump administration from unlawfully ignoring the human toll on asylum seekers with its new asylum directives, on behalf of seven asylum seekers and RAICES.

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  • National Security

American Oversight, Democracy Forward v. Pompeo

Holding Pompeo accountable for refusing to address President Trump’s unlawful efforts to hide Putin meeting notes

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