Business Litigation and Advice, Civil Rights Litigation, Consumer Protection Litigation, Employment Litigation and Advice, Guardianship Litigation, Personal Injury, Securities Litigation, and Real Estate Litigation and Advice
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Benjamin R. Picker is a co-founder and co-managing partner of Donoghue & Picker. Born and raised in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, he is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and Temple University Beasley School of Law. Prior to forming Donoghue & Picker, Mr. Picker was a partner in a prestigious Main Line law firm.
Mr. Picker is an accomplished and forceful litigation attorney with extensive experience in all types of civil litigation. Having represented both plaintiffs and defendants, as well as both individuals and businesses large and small, he is known throughout the Philadelphia area for his thoughtful counsel to and forceful representation of clients in a broad range of legal disputes, including those relating to contracts, real estate and leases, mechanics’ liens, consumer protection, insurance, constitutional rights, securities, personal injury, class actions, intellectual property, business law, and employment law. Mr. Picker has successfully litigated numerous cases in Pennsylvania courts, including on appeal before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court, and in numerous county Courts of Common Pleas. In addition, he regularly litigates cases in Federal court, including in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Picker also has extensive arbitration experience, having handled many cases before arbitration panels of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
In addition to litigating, Mr. Picker counsels both family-owned businesses and billion-dollar corporations to ensure that they comply with all applicable laws and regulations, mitigate their risk, and otherwise protect their important legal and business interests. Mr. Picker also regularly drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts, including business contracts, employment agreements and leases, and counsels businesses and workers regarding complicated employment law matters.
Mr. Picker has written about, and taught continuing legal education courses to other lawyers on a variety of important legal topics. Moreover, his cases and accomplishments have been discussed in, and he has been quoted numerous times in, news articles published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia Magazine, and elsewhere. Mr. Picker has appeared as a guest on The Michael Smerconish Show and has been interviewed on NBC- 10 News. In the summer of 2019, he was asked to testify as a legal expert before the United States House of Representatives’ Small Business Committee on the topic of the misuse of confessions of judgment by unscrupulous merchant cash advance companies.
Mr. Picker has been repeatedly recognized by his peers as a top civil litigator. He was voted a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for the years 2006 and 2012-2019 as published in Philadelphia Magazine, a “Top Lawyer” for 2019 as published in Main Line Today, and a “Top Attorney” for 2020 and 2021 as published in Suburban Life Magazine and Philadelphia Life Magazine. He has consistently maintained an “AV Preeminent” Martindale-Hubbell rating and a “Superb 10.0” Avvo rating. Mr. Picker is a member and the former President of the Montgomery American Inn of Court, and is a member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery Bar Associations.
When not in the office, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing ice hockey, sipping bourbon and IPA, and researching his family history as an amateur genealogist.