Benjamin Diehl’s primary responsibility is representing clients in connection with regulatory compliance matters. He is also a member of AFRCT’s litigation and financial institutions group.
Ben graduated with honors from Pomona College (1994), majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and earned his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (1997).
Prior to joining AFRCT, Ben was special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, where he defended financial services companies in regulatory proceedings, as well as in class and individual actions. Ben also guided his clients through regulatory examinations and advised on compliance matters.
Prior to his time at Stroock, Ben served in the California Attorney General’s Office from 2002-2013, where he participated in investigatory matters across multiple issues and industries and was the Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the office’s mortgage fraud strike force. Ben played an active role in the negotiation of the multi-state National Mortgage Settlement, for which he received a 2013 California Lawyer of the Year award, and the drafting of legislation revising the California Foreclosure Process (the “Homeowner’s Bill of Rights”). While at the Attorney General’s Office, he was awarded the 2007 Attorney General’s Award for Excellence and the 2008 and 2011 Attorney General’s Award for Excellence as a Team.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, he was a staff attorney and Skadden Foundation Fellow at Bet Tzedek Legal Services from 1997-2002, where he specialized in real property and predatory lending matters, as well as related areas of consumer law. He also has taught a course in consumer law at the UCLA School of Law.
Ben is admitted to practice law before all Federal District Courts in California and the Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.