Ben Elson is a partner at the People’s Law Office. His 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. In 2016 he was the recipient, along with others, of the Arthur Kinoy People’s Law Award “In recognition of his crucial contribution to the cause of justice by helping to break through the code of secrecy surrounding official misconduct by Chicago police officers.” Elson serves as an editor of the Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report, published by Thomson West, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Police Accountability Project of the National Lawyers Guild.
Elson received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. 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.
University of Wisconsin, B.A., Philosophy
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D.
Illinois Supreme Court
Wisconsin Supreme Court
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
Awards & Honors:
Arthur Kinoy People’s Law Award
Super Lawyers (Illinois) 2021
Super Lawyers (Illinois) Rising Star 2012-2019
National Lawyers Guild
National Police Accountability Project
Mr. Elson has published numerous articles on aspects of civil rights law in the Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Law Report