Benjamin Roesch has an active practice focusing on insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. Benjamin served as law clerk to Justice Robert Eastaugh of the Alaska Supreme Court and was a partner in a large Seattle law firm, where he focused on insurance and consumer finance issues. He also served a secondment in the London insurance market, where he advised on claims issues.
Before joining Jensen Morse Baker, Benjamin was a supervising attorney in the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington Attorney General’s Office, where he spearheaded the Division’s student loan initiative and had day-to-day responsibility for Washington’s investigation into and litigation against two leading credit rating agencies related to their representations about the rating of structured finance securities. In five years, Benjamin’s cases resulted in nearly $37 million in recoveries, as well as significant industry reform. He also supervised a team of attorneys investigating and litigating issues including opioids and other prescription drugs, health care, mortgage loan servicing, and debt collection. Benjamin is currently a fellow with the Student Borrower Protection Center, a new progressive nonprofit focused on reforming the student loan system.
- Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
- Consumer Protection
- Student Loan Servicing and Collection
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. District Court, District of Alaska
Professional and Community Activities
- Washington Bar Association
- Member, Washington State Bar Association Amicus Curiae Brief Committee (2011-15)
- King County Bar Association, Neighborhood Legal Clinics (2008-2018)
- Student Borrower Protection Center, Fellow (2018-19)
Awards and Honors
- Named as a “Washington Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Insurance Coverage
- Attorney General’s Office Excellence Award, 2014
- Panel, “Regulatory Round-Up” Part I: State Efforts Impacting Student Loan Servicing and Collections, National Council on Higher Education Resources (June 2017).
- Panel, State Government Perspectives on Recent Key Developments in the Industry and Collaboration With Federal Agencies (CFPB and Others) on Regulatory Enforcement Initiatives, American Conference Institute’s 17th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement (May 2015).
- Panel, Recent Developments in the Reverse Mortgage Servicing Arena, American Conference Institute’s Third National Summit on Reverse Mortgage Lending (March 2014).
- Money For Nothing? Unconditional Payments and Unjust Enrichment in Jackman v. Jewel Lake Villa One, 25 ALASKA L. REV. 157 (2008).
- Crowd Control: The Majoritarian Court and the Reflection of Public Opinion in Doctrine, 39 SUFF. L. REV. 379 (2006).
- Erie Similarities: Alaska Civil Rule 68, “Direct Collisions,” and the Problem of Non-Aligning Background Assumptions, 23 ALASKA L. REV. 81 (2006).