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District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics Benjamin F. Wilson Confirmation Resolution of 1997
PR 12-471

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Chairperson Linda W. Cropp
at the request of the Mayor


To confirm the reappointment of Mr. Benjamin F. Wilson to the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Benjamin F. Wilson Confirmation Resolution of 1997".

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the reappointment of:

Mr. Benjamin F. Wilson
7825 Orchid Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20012
(Ward 4)

as a member of the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics, established by section 3 of the District of Columbia Election Code of 1955, approved August 12, 1955 (69 Stat. 699; D.C. Code § 1-1303), for a term to end July 7, 2000.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.


NAME: Benjamin F. Wilson
ADDRESS: 7825 Orchid St., NW
Washington, DC 20012

BIRTH DATE: 06/29/51
TELEPHONE: (202) 789-6023 (office)
(202) 726-8834 (home)


Wilbraham Academy, Wilbraham, MA, Graduated: 1969
Dartmouth.College, Dartmouth, NH, A.B. 1973
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, J.D. 1976


Phi Beta Kappa, Dartmouth College, 1973
Magna Cum Laude, Dartmouth College, 1973
Rufus Choate Scholar, Dartmouth College, 1973
Senior Fellow, Dartmouth College, 1973


King & Spalding, Atlanta, GA, Assoc. Atty, 1976-79
US Dept of Justice, Washington, DC, Trial Atty, 1979-83
Rose, Schmidt Chapman, Duff & Hasley, Washington, DC Assoc, Partner, 1983-86
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Washington, DC, Partner 1986-


US District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1977
US District Court, District of Columbia, 1984
US Claims Court, 1979
US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1984
US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1985
US District Court, Northern District of California, 1988
US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1988


American Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar
Federal Bar Association
National Bar Association
Washington Bar Association


Benjamin F. Wilson draws his litigation expertise from experience in both the public and private sectors. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Mr. Wilson graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973 with an A.B. degree in. history. While at Dartmouth, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and named both a Rufus Choate Scholar and a Senior Fellow. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1976.

After several years in private practice with the Atlanta, Georgia law firm of King Spalding, specializing in litigation ant tax matters, Mr. Wilson joined the Civil Division of the Department of Justice in 1979. At the Justice Department, ho gained substantial trial expertise in commercial litigation matters, appearing on behalf of the government in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Claims and district courts throughout the United States. While at the Department, he received Special Achievement Awards in recognition of his performance in 1981 and 1982. Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., Mr. Wilson joined the law firm of Rose, Schmidt, Chapman, Duff and Hasley as an associate in 1983. In 1985, he became a partner in the firm, specializing in civil litigation.

Mr. Wilson joined Beveridge & Diamond, P.C as a partner in 1986. He was elected to the Management Committee of the firm in 1989 and was the Chairman of the Litigation Practice Group in 1991 and 1992. His present litigation practice as a partner with Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. encompasses a wide range of activities in both state ant federal courts, including commercial litigation matter, environmental litigation and regulatory matters, and trademark infringement matters. He has been lead counsel in several complex commercial ant environmental litigation matters for major corporations and developers, including Bechtel, Pepsico, Clorox, Hoechst Celanese, Kaiser Permanente and Operations Management International. He has also spoken on numerous occasions on various commercial and environmental litigation topics.

Mr. Wilson also has represented a number of cities and local government agencies, including the Distnct of Columbia Armory Board; the District of Columbia Sports Commission, the Port of Oakland, California; New Haven, Connecticut; and New Orleans, Louisiana, on Clean Water Act Enforcement and wetlands development matters. He has served as lead environmental counsel to the District of Columbia Sports Commission on the project to build the new MCI Arena for the Washington Bullets professional basketball team and Washington Capitals professional hockey team. He has addressed issues related to the siting of the arena, as well as environmental issues related to historic preservation, soil contamination, air, ground traffic, noise, visual impacts and wetlands.

Mr. Wilson is experienced in dealing with cases involving the impact of the filling of wetlands and the obligations to comply with federal and state environmental laws Specifically, he has become involved in both regulatory and litigation issues arising out of the filling of wetlands as part of the expansion of airports and stadium projects. He has served as lead counsel in numerous "Superfund" cases and on environmental audits and assessments pertaining to the sale of corporations and their assets.

Mr. Wilson has represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) on a wide variety of environmental issues pertaining to the safe and ownership of real property, and on wetlands and Endangered Species Act litigation. He has also served as legal counsel for the FDIC and RTC on several complex commercial litigation matters.

Mr. Wilson has counseled small and developing businesses throughout his career. He has also counseled on a variety of commercial contract matters and negotiated player contracts on behalf of professional athletes.

A member of the bars of Georgia and the District of Columbia, Mr. Wilson is active in the American Bar Association; the National Bar Association, where he serves as Chairman of the Environmental, Energy and Public Utilities Section; and the Washington Bar Association. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Elections and Ethics of the District of Columbia; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Healthy Babies, Inc.; was formerly Chairman of the Advisory Board of WAMU public radio; and is a member of the Boards of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Funds for the Community's Future; and the Advisory Board of the National Association for Public Interest Law.

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