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Ben Schweigert, Fellow
Ben Schweigert grew up in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood, where he attended St. Paul’s Central High School. He is currently based in Minneapolis. His recent work has focused on investigations, regulatory enforcement, and international financial matters. It has included cases in federal district court, U.S. Immigration Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Before entering private practice, he clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Ben received his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, a Masters in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and his B.A. from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. While in law school he served as a law clerk for the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where he conducted research related to a report on abusive offshore tax shelters, and for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, where he worked primarily in the area of economic crimes. Before attending law school, Ben served as a Communications Specialist at the Minnesota House of Representatives, worked as a Regional Director for canvassing efforts related to the 2004 presidential campaign, and conducted policy advocacy on community and economic development issues for a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia.
In addition to his work for Minnesota 2020, Ben’s work has been published in the Michigan Law Review and by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington, D.C.