Ben is a U.S. Army Veteran having served in the 4th Infantry from 1985 to 1989. Following active service, he served in the Washington Artillery with the Louisiana National Guard while completing college. Ben is active in Veteran Affairs and is active in giving back to our Veterans who have served in our Armed Forces.
Ben focuses his practice on assisting individuals and respondents in the areas of Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury. He has over 20 years of experience in providing guidance through the maze of litigation and bringing claims to a successful conclusion.
Ben is a graduate of the University of New Orleans (B.A. 1993) and the University of Akron School of Law (J.D. 1996).
Ben is admitted in the State of New Jersey, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1996.
Ben is a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice, New Jersey State Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section, the Gloucester County Bar Association & the Justice James H. Coleman, Jr. Inn of Court – New Jersey Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court.
Ben joined the Firm in 2003 and became a partner in 2004. Prior to joining Pietras Saracino, LLP, Mr. Smith was associated with two large New Jersey firms, where he focused his practice in the area of workers’ compensation and litigation. He also served as house counsel to Selective Insurance Company.
Ben has litigated thousands of cases in his 20+ year career, including many Total Disability cases in the New Jersey Division of Workers’ Compensation. He has successfully tried numerous cases and has appeared before New Jersey Appellate Division successfully on multiple occasions.
Ben has been a frequent lecturer, including before the National Association of Insurance Women (Reducing Workers’ Compensation Costs). He is a published author on New Jersey Workers’ Compensation law for Practical Law a Thomson Reuters’ Company: Workers’ Compensation Laws: New Jersey.
Ben contributes in Pro Bono activities helping guide many people through the legal process. He is also active in giving back both personally and professionally to the Veterans’ community.
Ben has been a Gloucester County resident for over 20 years. He is active in his community and in his children’s school. In his spare time he is active in his children’s sporting activities and getting them involved in outdoor activities.
Ben and his wife are active in the Alzheimer’s Association. They are also involved in the USO which serves both our active service members and Veterans.
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Burlington County State Bar Association, Camden County Bar Association and US Army Veteran. No aspect of these advertisements have been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE:
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Please be advised that in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, which imposed strict limitations on the operations of "brick-and-mortar" businesses and required telecommuting to the greatest extent possible, all N.J. workers’ compensation courts will continue to be closed to the public and to non-essential court personnel until April 13, 2020.
In response to overwhelming requests from the Workers’ Compensation Bar to hold non-emergent matters electronically or by teleconference, as of April 6, 2020, the following Workers’ Compensation Judges shall be designated by the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation as essential personnel and shall report to their home vicinages for the purpose of hearing as many Workers’ Compensation matters as possible by telephonic conferencing, including all emergent matters and the following non-emergent matters, pre-trial conferences, general motions for medical and temporary benefits, and settlements by affidavit:
Hon. Audrey Kernan, S.J., Atlantic City WC Courthouse
Hon. Arthur Marchand, A.S.J., Bridgeton WC Courthouse
Hon. Ingrid French, A.S.J., Camden WC Courthouse
Hon. Lionel Simon III, A.S.J., Freehold WC Courthouse
Hon. Diana Ferriero, S.J., Hackensack WC Courthouse
Hon. Jill Fader, S.J., Jersey City WC Courthouse
Hon. Glenn Kaplan, S.J., Lebanon WC Courthouse
Hon. Michael Luther, S.J., Mt. Arlington WC Courthouse
Hon. George Geist, S.J., Mt. Holly WC Courthouse
Hon. Ashley Hutchinson, A.S.J., New Brunswick WC Courthouse
Hon. Philip Tornetta, A.S.J., Newark WC Courthouse
Hon. William Roca, S.J., Paterson WC Courthouse
Hon. Maria Del Valle Koch, S.J., Plainfield WC Courthouse
Hon. Eugene Mulvaney, S.J., Toms River WC Courthouse
Hon. David Puma, S.J., Trenton WC Courthouse
The Division’s plan is to limit physical interactions in our workers’ compensation courts to the greatest extent possible and shift to the use of telephone conferencing, and if possible video conferencing for judges, attorneys, and litigants. There will be no in-person Workers’ Compensation Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing motions for medical and temporary benefits and trials in which case social distancing will be enforced). Court offices will remain closed for in-person submissions. Filings will continue to be accepted electronically through COURTS On-line.
The N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation’s number one goal is to limit the exposure and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to court personnel, attorneys and their staff, litigants, witnesses, and members of the public at large.
Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP also continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on our local community and the world at large. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, our office is closed and the members of the firm continue to work remotely. As such, the members of the firm may have limited access to information during this time. We continue to appreciate your understanding. We encourage our current clients, new clients, and fellow members of the bar to contact us via e-mail as that remains the best form of communication. All attorneys and paralegals have access to e-mail and case information. We have designated essential personnel to report to our office for the purpose of handling emergent matters only and to complete essential administrative tasks. Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP remains committed to complying with all health and governmental regulations. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those most affected by this situation.