Ben Aguilar ‘11
Attorney Ben Aguilar is the owner and founder of the Law Offices of Ben Aguilar in downtown San Diego. His law practice focuses on family law and immigration law cases.
Prior to starting his solo practice, Aguilar worked for the Spanish Justice Department in Barcelona, Spain, where he helped victims of domestic violence. He also clerked at the Center for International Protection in Moscow, Russia, helping provide legal aid to Russian nationals who were victims of human-rights violations. During this clerkship, Aguilar became proficient in filing complaints before the European Court of Human Rights. Locally, Aguilar clerked at the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties for two years where he assisted in the prosecution of Franco Gonzalez v. Holder, a class-action case that secured the right to appointed legal representation for individuals with mental illnesses who are locked in immigration detention facilities and facing the possibility of deportation.
Aguilar serves on the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and was recently elected to the San Diego County Bar Association New Lawyers’ Division. Aguilar also serves on the board of directors of the Tom Homann LGBT Bar Association. Aguilar was recently recognized by San Diego Magazine as one of the Latinos Making a Difference in the city of San Diego for his volunteer work with victims of domestic violence through the Family Justice Center, and his commitment to volunteer work on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border. Aguilar was also a semi-finalist in the 2013 Daily Transcript Top Attorneys in both family and immigration law.
Previously, Aguilar served on the board of directors for the Coalition for Reproductive Choice and Visionaries in Philanthropy (Meals-On-Wheels San Diego). Aguilar has also served as the American Bar Association's Ninth Circuit Lieutenant Governor of Communications and as a member of the National Advisory Committee for Equal Justice Works.
Aguilar is an active member San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association and serves as the co-chair of the Community Outreach committee. He received his J.D from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2011 and his B.A. in sociology with a minor in education from the University of California Irvine in 2007.