Benjamin Wittwer

Staff Attorney, Criminal Practice

Tel (718) 254-0700 x308

Ben joined Brooklyn Defender Services as a Trial Attorney in 2015, but he has been working in public defense since 2010. He was an intern at the Missouri State Public Defender for two years, and later, a Law Clerk for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. After passing both the New York and Massachusetts bars in 2012, Ben spent three years representing criminal defendants on misdemeanor and felony charges in Massachusetts with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, where he successfully litigated complex suppression issues and won several jury trials. He was trial counsel in the seminal case of Commonwealth v. Henry, where his argument that a defendant’s finances must be considered at a restitution hearing was adopted by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Ben received his B.A. in Political Science from The University of Rochester and his J.D. from The Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, graduating magna cum laude and Order of the Coif. During law school, he was the Chairperson of community service for his class, and a law review editor. Ben’s awards during law school included the Equal Justice Works Award and Excellence in Oral Advocacy Award, and he was named a David M. Becker Public Service Law Fellow.

Ben has also worked as an intern for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, addressing issues of racial, gender, and religious-based discrimination. Prior to law school, Ben spent several years as the Director of the policy debate program at Edgemont High School in Scarsdale.

Ben is a New York native and a lifelong Yankees and Knicks fan. He resides in Brooklyn.