Ben Elson

Chicago, IL

Ben Elson is a partner at the People's Law Office, a law partnership established in 1969 after the murders of Black Panther activists Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. Throughout its forty-five year history, the office has confronted police brutality, torture, and prosecutorial misconduct; represented political activists; advocated for prisoners; fought against the death penalty; and provided legal support to Puerto Rican and other political prisoners. Today, the People's Law Office remains committed to representing victims of civil rights violations.

Elson's practice focuses on representing victims of police and other governmental misconduct in civil rights cases, including people who have been wrongfully convicted, subjected to police brutality, and denied medical attention. He has obtained tens of millions of dollars in compensation for his clients through verdicts and settlements. Elson graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2005. During law school he worked as an Ella Baker intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights, clerked for the Jeff Scott Olson Law Firm, a civil rights firm in Madison, Wisconsin, and interned for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson. Elson currently serves as an editor of the Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report, published by Thomson West.