Benjamin Au is a partner at Durie Tangri, a litigation boutique in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where he focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. Mr. Au has extensive experience in SEC and DOJ actions on topics ranging from fraud to FCPA to export controls. Mr. Au’s civil practice primarily focuses on the representation of technology-facing clients, from start-ups to Google, in matters involving trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and business torts. Mr. Au is a founding partner of Durie Tangri’s Los Angeles office.
Mr. Au was recognized in 2015 as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” lawyers in California by The Daily Journal. He was named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation in 2018, and from 2016-2018, was on its “Hot List” of top attorneys in the nation aged 40 and under. Mr. Au was also named a “Super Lawyer” in the area of business litigation in 2018 and was named a Rising Star in the area of white collar criminal defense and business litigation from 2014-2017. He is the recipient of the ACLU of Southern California’s “First Amendment Award.”
Prior to joining Durie Tangri, Mr. Au was a shareholder at Caldwell Leslie & Proctor in Los Angeles and, before that, an associate at Keker & Van Nest, in San Francisco. Mr. Au began his legal career as law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
J.D., Yale Law School, 2003
B.A., Duke University, summa cum laude, 1999
Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence: A Trial Strategy Guide
NACDL’s Pattern Cross-Examination for DNA and Biological Evidence will assist criminal defense practitioners in scoring points when cross-examining forensic experts in cases involving DNA and biological evidence. This resource contains thousands of questions that will help defense lawyers cross-examine challenging witnesses without reinventing the wheel with each new case. It includes pattern questions that can be used to dominate prosecution DNA experts and level the playing field at trial.
Cross-Examination of the Analyst in Drug Prosecutions (2nd Ed.) By James M. Shellow
Now in its second edition with some new material, James M. Shellow’s book offers what its title promises: ways of thinking about cross-examining the forensic analysts in drug cases. But the book is so much more than that. It offers a look inside the mind of one of the finest cross-examiners and defense lawyers the United States has produced in the last seventy years. This small book can inspire and direct you in making big changes in the way you defend your clients and think about the entire project of trying any case.
Justice For All, Justice Now White T-Shirt (Women’s)
This custom, vintage-faded NACDL t-shirt is 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon weighing 5.2 oz. and is lightwieght, flexible and soft, providing maximum comfort. It features the "Justice For All, Justice Now" slogan and Lady Liberty image on the front, with the NACDL logo on the back. Currently available in both men's and women's sizes in both black and white colors. View the full line-up of colors and sizes on our online store, as well as our other popular and best-selling t-shirt designs at: nacdl.org/store.
Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection - CD-ROM
NACDL’s Drug Cases Resource Materials Collection is the sweeping culmination of every single article of written materials ever published from each installment of NACDL's annual "Defending Modern Drug Cases" seminar. Totaling over 12,000 pages, this vast collection includes 12+ years of motions, briefs, reports, outlines, transcripts, case citations, scholarly articles, powerpoints and other written commentaries. This collection provides trial strategies and tactics you can immediately apply to your current cases.
Mental Illness & the Law: Addressing and Litigating Behavioral Health Disorders in Criminal Cases
Whether it is insanity, impairment, a disorder, or adolescent brain development; mental health and intellectual competence issues affect pretrial supervision, trial and sentencing, and your chances of successfully advocating for your impaired client. This training provides ideas and proven solutions to assist you in advocating for your client during trial, whether it be insanity defenses, jury selection, cross of expert witnesses, persuasion, or mitigation at sentencing.