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
A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys
This Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The Guide analyzes each Federal Rule of Evidence and outlines the main evidentiary issues that confront criminal defense lawyers. It also summarizes countless defense favorable cases and provides tips on how to avoid common evidentiary pitfalls. The Guide contains multiple user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems. A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence is an indispensable tool in preparing a case for trial.
Modern Digital Evidence & Technologies in Criminal Cases
Modern cases need modern defenses, and modern lawyers can't practice with an outdated playbook. This program is a contemporary training that identifies emerging technologies and digital evidence encountered in today's criminal cases and arms you with the tools necessary to combat expert witnesses, prosecutorial overreach, and an uneducated judge and jury. This comprehensive CLE program covers both general aspects of new technologies as well as practical courtroom application and legal challenges to the use of these new technologies.
Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques (2021)
If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best in the field in this unique CLE Program, updated for 2021.
Defending Modern Drug Cases (2021)
From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result for your client.
Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s criminal legal system.