Benjamin VanSlyke

Associate Attorney

  • Focus: Defective Drugs and Devices, Environmental Pollution
  • Phone: 313-800-4170
  • Fax: 646-293-7992
  • Detroit Office
    Fisher Building
    3011 West Grand Blvd., 24th Floor
    Detroit, MI 48202

I believe in seeking justice for those who have been taken advantage of – and when I believe in something, I do not back down. I strive to make my clients feel safe, heard, and supported in standing up to those who have done them wrong.

Benjamin VanSlyke has been with the firm since 2020. Today, his work primarily centers on the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, helping to navigate this new statute to bring justice to veterans and their families. He is actively engaged in the research to build and support our clients’ claims, works with clients to develop their cases accordingly, and participates in committee work to support our firm’s leadership role in the national litigation.

Mr. VanSlyke has been involved in a number of cases at Weitz & Luxenberg. He has worked with victims of exposure to Roundup. He has worked tirelessly to support the successful implementation of the national opioid settlements, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars flowing to local governments to be used in the continuing battle against the opioid crisis. He has contributed to rapid discovery obligations on behalf of veterans who were provided with defective 3M earplugs. In each instance, Mr. VanSlyke jumps in ready to diligently pursue the interests of our clients.

He is a twice-published legal scholar on the subject of human trafficking and has shared insights as a panelist at a legal symposium dedicated to the intersection of trafficking and the opioid epidemic. Prior to his legal career, he was engaged in anti-trafficking work in the nonprofit sector, including serving on an active anti-trafficking taskforce and providing direct support to survivors.

While in law school, Mr. VanSlyke served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law in Society, as well as participating in both moot court and mock trial competitions. In addition, he served as a legal fellow to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and completed an externship in Judge Bernard A. Friedman’s chambers in the Eastern District of Michigan. He has also volunteered as a legal observer through the National Lawyers Guild.

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