Benjamin A. Lipman has a diverse practice as a litigator and commercial real estate transactional attorney. In addition, he focuses much of his practice on constitutional law. As a First Amendment lawyer, he is involved in all aspects of representing the press: from libel and privacy defense, to open records and meetings disputes, fighting subpoenas, prepublication review, and intellectual property litigation and transactions. He represents newspapers, television stations, radio, cable, new media, book and music publishers, musicians, and writers. According to a judge on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ben wields the First Amendment with reckless abandon.

As a commercial litigator, Ben litigates cases in the St. Louis area and across the country, handling trials and appeals.

In his commercial real estate practice, Ben represents mostly big box companies, smaller developers, and owners of income property. He has experience handling real estate deals throughout the United States.

Ben is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He was listed as St. Louis "Lawyer of the Year" for First Amendment litigation for 2017 by Best Lawyers®, and he was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010-2019 and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® 2012-2018. When he is not helping his clients achieve their goals, he is dreaming of the days he used to play Australian Rules football.

Practice Areas


  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (J.D., 1991)
    • Washington University Law Quarterly
    • Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Winner and Final Round Golden Gavel Award Winner
    • American Jurisprudence Awards
    • Order of the Barrister
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1988)
    • Economics, English minor

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chair, Media Law Committee, Missouri Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (former Chairman, Media Law Committee)


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern District of Missouri and Southern District of Illinois
  • All Missouri Courts
  • All Illinois Courts

Charitable & Civic Activities

  • Commissioner, St. Louis Airport Commission
  • Board member and Executive Committee member, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Board member and Treasurer, The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Board member and Chairman of the Editorial Committee, St. Louis Jewish Light
  • Co-founder, Metropolitan Interfaith/Interracial Dialogue Group

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers In America, 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – First Amendment

  • Legal Champion, Missouri Lawyers Weekly (2014)

  • FOCUS Leadership St. Louis, Class of 2012-2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2010-2019)
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® (2012-2018)
  • St. Louis Argus Distinguished Citizen Award (2012)
  • Catfish Award for Distinguished Service to The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis (2011)
  • St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation's Community Service Award (2009)