Ben Bergmann is Director of Policy at New Paradigm Agency. Before joining NP, Ben was an associate at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he worked on a range of complex litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on antitrust law—advising clients regarding the antitrust implications of proposed mergers and acquisitions or the potential chances for success of contemplated antitrust litigation, assisting clients navigate the Department of Justice’s merger review process, and representing clients in active antitrust litigations, including a large healthcare company litigating against manufacturers of generic pharmaceuticals for allegedly conspiring to fix prices and allocate customers. Ben’s practice also included a focus on regulatory and advisory matters concerning compliance with anticorruption, sanctions, and international trade laws.
As an attorney, Ben also worked on a number of pro bono cases, representing clients in cases relating to housing conditions, a project-based Section 8 landlord’s suppression of tenant organizing, and the Trump Administration’s efforts to weaken the Affordable Care Act. In 2020, Ben co-authored an amicus brief with former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and others advancing arguments on behalf of a group of leading U.S. corporations in support of three states seeking to compel recognition of the Equal Rights Amendment’s ratification.
Prior to law school, Ben was a fifth-grade public school teacher in Houston, Texas, where he taught social studies and English language arts.
Ben grew up in Gainesville, Florida and is a graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School. In 2020, he was elected to serve on one of Washington D.C.’s local advisory neighborhood commissions, where he advocates for more affordable housing, safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists, investments in public education, and better public transportation options.