Schroeter Goldmark & Bender Welcomes Former King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Ben Gauen

Firm News
Apr 19, 2024

SEATTLE, WASH. -- Seattle law firm Schroeter Goldmark & Bender (SGB) recently welcomed Ben Gauen, former senior deputy prosecuting attorney for the King County’s Prosecutor Office, to its team of top-quality attorneys. Gauen brings to the firm over 13 years of dedicated experience as a trial lawyer.

Gauen’s practice at SGB will focus on advocating for crime victims, medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death, and sexual assault and harassment.

Gauen earned a reputation as a fierce, strategic attorney during his tenure at the King County Prosecutor’s Office, where he worked tirelessly along survivors of crime and their families. He specialized in high-profile cases involving child sexual abuse, medical child abuse, adult sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Through his ability to craft compelling case narratives, establish rapport with marginalized communities, and earn the trust of juries, Ben has successfully tried over 60 cases to verdict.

In addition to his trial work, Ben also directed the prosecutor’s office anti-human trafficking response for over five years. There, he led efforts in case prosecutions, policy development, and acclaimed strategic initiatives.

He continues to advocate for trafficking survivors, using his expertise to provide training and awareness to stakeholders nationwide. Outside of the courtroom, he strives to improve legislation and system responses for victims through his position on the Board of Directors for Stolen Youth, Strategic Alliance to Fight Exploitation in Washington State (SAFE), and the King County CSEC Task Force. He was formerly treasurer and on the Board of Directors for University Beyond Bars for five years.

Following his tenure at the King County’s Prosecuting Office, Gauen decided to transition to civil practice, which is what led him to SGB.

“I am committed to dedicating this next chapter of my career to advocating for survivors and those who have been seriously injured,” said Gauen. “It’s my mission to be a voice for those who have been silenced by harm. With SGB’s commitment to taking on cases for those who have been abused by systems of power, I know this firm will position me to effect systemic change through legal action.”

Gauen is a Seattle native with deep roots. He earned his Juris Doctorate cum laude from the Seattle University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Science cum laude in finance with a minor in anthropology from Santa Clara University. Outside of work, he enjoys coaching his kids’ youth sports team and spending time in the mountains.