About Judge Ben Souede


Judge Ben Souede brings diverse experience in both public service and private practice to the bench. He spent years at leading law firms before becoming a founding member of one of Portland’s premier litigation firms. His private practice focused on litigating complex criminal and civil cases.

Judge Souede also draws on his significant experience in public service, having previously served as General Counsel to the Oregon Governor and as a public member of the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

Judge Souede received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2002, where he was honored to serve as Supreme Court Editor on the Harvard Law Review.  

Following law school, he clerked in Portland for Judge Susan Graber of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals before entering private practice.

Judge Souede lives in Portland with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time, he volunteers as a coach for the Franklin High School Constitution Team, regularly acts as a designated mentor for law students and young lawyers and previously served on the board of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.

Judge Souede’s greatest enjoyment comes from spending time with his family. That time is most focused these days around teaching his daughters the value of a level swing.