Benjamin H. Carney
Gordon, Wolf & Carney Chtd.
Benjamin H. Carney is a consumer class-action lawyer who has obtained more than $70 million in relief for clients in more than two dozen class-action cases.
“In many of these cases, involving class members at or below the poverty line, numerous class members have received affirmative cash payments of several thousand dollars, funds which many class members said were surprising to receive and life-changing,” said Carney, a 2004 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
While in law school, Carney represented consumers in a clinic and noticed that low-income people regularly faced abuses.
After law school, while helping defend a client who was being sued over a vehicle repossession, he turned the cases into a class-action lawsuit that resulted in millions of dollars to thousands of Maryland consumers and wiped out millions of dollars in purported debts.
“That experience of turning the tables, and empowering the powerless, hooked me,” he said. “I’ve been focused on class actions ever since.”
Carney has also directed millions of dollars to charitable organizations from class-action cases, money that for one reason or another couldn’t be distributed to members of the class action. The recipients have included Vehicles for Change Inc., which provides car donation programs; Civil Justice Inc. and the Public Justice Center, nonprofit legal groups; and Our Daily Bread, a hot meal program.
Carney has also accepted leadership roles in the community. He is currently a board member with Civil Justice Inc. and held multiple roles with the Public Justice Center from 2010 to 2016.
“I believe the only way to do anything of real and lasting value is to serve other individuals,” Carney said. “The solution to the problems we see in our increasingly impersonal society is fundamentally to engage, in person, with real people in our community and to work toward the common good.”
Carney is a Fellow with the Maryland Bar Foundation and a member of the Maryland Association of Consumer Advocates, Maryland Association for Justice, Maryland State Bar Association, and the Baltimore County Bar Association.
The solution to the problems we see in our increasingly impersonal society is fundamentally to engage, in person, with real people in our community and to work toward the common good.”