Benjamin L. Ginsberg

Volker Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution

Ben Ginsberg, a nationally known political law advocate representing participants in the political process, is the Volker Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and co-chair of two nonprofits aiding election officials enhance confidence in American elections – the Pillars of the Community project and the Election Officials Legal Defense Network


His clients have included political parties, political campaigns, candidates, members of Congress and state legislatures, governors, corporations, trade associations, PACs, vendors, donors and individuals. He represented four of the last six Republican Presidential nominees. His representations ranged across a variety of election law and regulatory issues, including voting issues and elections, federal and state campaign finance laws, recounts and contests, government investigations, election administration and redistricting. Ben served as co-chair of the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration which produced a much-lauded report on best practices and recommendations for state and local officials to make U.S. elections run better.  


His academic background includes being a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. He appears frequently on television as an on-air commentator about the law and politics and has written numerous articles on U.S politics. 


He served as national counsel to the 2000 and 2004 Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns and played a central role in the 2000 Florida recount. In 2012 and 2008, he served as national counsel to the Romney for President campaign. He has represented the campaigns and leadership PACs of numerous members of the Senate and House as well as the national party committees, Governors and state officials. He was a partner at Jones Day from 2014 to 2020 and at Patton Boggs for 23 years before that.

Prior to entering law school, Ben spent five years as a newspaper reporter at The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, The Berkshire Eagle (Massachusetts), and The Riverside Press-Enterprise (California).