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Benjamin P. Edwards

Benjamin P. EdwardsDirector of the Investor Advocacy Clinic, Adjunct Professor
119 Clinic
610 Abbot Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
517-913-9675
ben.edwards@law.msu.edu

J.D. 2007, Kent Scholar, Columbia University School of Law; B.A. 2004, magna cum laude, University of South Carolina

New York; Michigan

Professor Edwards serves as the founding Director of the Investor Advocacy Clinic. He earned his law degree from Columbia University in 2007. At Columbia, Professor Edwards served as the Business Editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and as an Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. After receiving his law degree, he clerked for the Honorable Samuel H. Mays, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

In 2008, Professor Edwards joined the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP as an associate. At Skadden, Professor Edwards practiced with the securities litigation group and litigated cases arising out of the Bernard Madoff scandal. This included actions in federal trial and appellate courts in New York, and state court actions in New York, California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico and Washington. In addition to the extensive Madoff-related securities litigation, Professor Edwards, as part of a team, represented financial institutions in matters related to subprime loans and the credit crisis, as well as in matters involving mortgage-backed securities and securities class and derivative actions.

Edwards also appeared on a pro bono basis in multiple transgender civil rights cases and in immigration matters on behalf of domestic violence survivors. In 2012, Sanctuary for Families recognized Edwards’ persistent work on behalf of an asylum client with the organization’s Pro Bono Excellence Award for outstanding pro bono representation and advocacy.

Professor Edwards joined MSU College of Law in 2012 and was named the founding director of the Investor Advocacy Clinic in 2013.

Professor Edwards researches and writes in the areas of securities regulation, securities litigation, corporate governance, insurance and about the regulation of personalized investment advice. He is a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association and the Ingham County Bar Association. In 2013 the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association recognized him with a service award for his committee work.


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