About the Podcast
Gideon Asen Founder, Ben Gideon and attorney Rahul Ravipudi teamed up to create Elawvate, a podcast devoted to the intersection of personal growth and trial law. Elawvate is one of the top-rated trial lawyer podcasts on Apple Podcasts and Spotify with upwards of 14,000 unique listeners in all 50 states. Most episodes feature a nationally-recognized trial lawyer or trial consultant who share their personal journeys, successes, failures and insights into what it takes to succeed as a trial lawyer and to build a successful trial practice. At Elawvate, our mission is to dig deep, learn from the best and provide information, inspiration and growth to trial lawyers across the nation.
How it all Started
For several years now, Ben has been an avid consumer of podcasts about trial law, law firm marketing and management. Although Ben enjoys many podcasts, he believed that there was an unfulfilled need for one that showcased the best trial lawyers around the country and provided opportunity for inspiration and personal growth. Ben reached out to Rahul, a highly accomplished and respected trial lawyer at one of the nation’s top trial firms, Los Angeles-based Panish, Shea, Boyle and Ravipudi. Together the two formed a vision of a place where trial lawyers could engage in open communication, confront challenges, and overcome fears and obstacles. The rest is history!
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About the Hosts
Ben grew up in Maine, the son of an elementary school teacher (mom) and law professor (dad). Most of his important life lessons, except how to argue, came from his mom. Ben may be the first person in history to fail out of college and earn a JD from Yale Law School. Following law school, Ben clerked for a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and then worked in the litigation department of Latham & Watkins in New York City. In 2003, Ben returned to Maine to join a plaintiff firm. At first, Ben tried a lot of car crash and premises liability cases. Gradually, Ben evolved to handling higher value, more complex cases. In 2020, Ben started a new firm, Gideon Asen LLC, where he focuses primarily on medical malpractice and other significant plaintiff cases. Ben loves teaching and learning about trial law, and over the years, he has taught courses on deposition skills and trial practice at the University of Maine School of Law and frequently lectures on trial practice throughout the country. Ben holds many record verdicts and settlements, including a $22.5 million verdict in the State of Vermont and multiple seven-figure verdicts in Maine. In 2019, Ben was inducted into the Inner Circle of Advocates. Ben lives in Freeport, Maine, with his wife, Sara and children, Julian, Aleksandr, and Anna Josephine. Sara is a former two-term Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and was the Democratic Nominee for U.S. Senate in 2020. Ben is happiest outdoors and spends his free time hiking, canoeing, skiing and fishing.
Rahul Ravipudi is a partner at Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP and has spent his legal profession dealing with catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Mr. Ravipudi also represents customers in class actions in opposition to agencies who engage in unfair/illegal commercial enterprise practices and public entities in instances where corporations have endangered the general public’s protection, health, property, or comfort. In addition, Mr. Ravipudi has been continually ranked top in his career for his work in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs with annual inclusion to Best Lawyers since 2013 and selection to the Super Lawyers list since 2014, the latter of which recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in the state.
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