Ben Botts came to CDM after six and a half with the the Office of the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor, where he handled appellate litigation and regulatory matters, as well as serving as a trial attorney litigating wage and hour cases in low-wage industries such as agriculture, hospitality, and senior care. His many important victories in this role include winning an order of more than $2.2 million in back pay and penalties for hundreds of farmworkes on H-2A temporary agricultural visas and mediating a consent judgment in federal court securing payment of $5 million in back wages and damages for hundreds of misclassified courier drivers. Before law school, Ben was a paralegal for three years with a small immigration law firm concentrating on political asylum and family-based cases. He received his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2010 and a B.A. in history from U.C. Berkeley in 2003. He is admitted to practice in California.