About

Attorney Ben Aguilar is the owner and founder of the Law Offices of Ben Aguilar in downtown San Diego. His law practice focuses on Family Law and Immigration Law cases.

Attorney Ben Aguilar is the owner and founder of the Law Offices of Ben Aguilar in downtown San Diego. His law practice focuses on Family Law cases.

FAMILY LAW PROFESSOR AND COUNTY HEARING OFFICER

In addition to managing his law practice, Ben is an adjunct faculty professor at California Western School of Law where he teaches family law. In early 2019, Ben was appointed as a County Hearing Officer. In this capacity he conducts hearings, issues subpoenas, receives evidence and renders written orders including findings and conclusions.

PRIOR TO STARTING HIS SOLO PRACTICE

Prior to starting his solo practice, Mr. Aguilar worked for the Spanish Justice Department in Barcelona, Spain where he helped victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. He also clerked at the Center for International Protection in Moscow, Russia helping provide legal aid to Russian nationals who were victims of human-rights violations.

Mr. Aguilar clerked at the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties for two years where he assisted in the prosecution of Franco Gonzalez v. Holder, a class action case that secured the right to appointed legal representation for individuals with mental illnesses who are locked in immigration detention facilities and facing the possibility of deportation.

PRESIDENT OF SAN DIEGO LA RAZA LAWYERS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE

Mr. Aguilar is currently the president of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. The Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides scholarships to law students who have contributed to the Latino community.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

In 2017 and 2018, Mr. Aguilar was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

In 2016, Mr. Aguilar was recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association and the American Bar Association as one of the Best Attorneys Under 40.

In 2015, Mr. Aguilar was named by San Diego Metro Magazine as one of the 40 Under 40 and also received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the San Diego County Bar Association for his contributions to the San Diego legal community.

Mr. Aguilar has been recognized three years in a row by San Diego Magazine as one of the Latinos Making a Difference in the City of San Diego for his volunteer work with victims of domestic violence and for his work on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border. Mr. Aguilar was also a finalist in the 2013 San Diego Young Attorneys and a semi-finalist in the 2013 and 2014 San Diego Daily Transcript Top Attorneys in both Family Law and Immigration Law. Mr. Aguilar was recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the “Best of the Bar” in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

EDUCATION AND LANGUAGES

Mr. Aguilar received his J.D from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and his Bachelor of Art in Sociology with a minor in Education from the University of California, Irvine.

Mr. Aguilar is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Bar Admissions

California State Bar
U.S. Southern California District

Awards & Honors

Super Lawyers Rising Star – Super Lawyers, January 2017 and January 2018
Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – National LGBT Bar Association, May 2016
On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers – American Bar Association, May 2016
Best of the Bar – San Diego Business Journal, April 2016
Thomas Golden Honorary Alumnus of the Year Award – Thomas Jefferson School of Law, February 2016
40 Under 40 – San Diego Metro Magazine, September 2015
Latino Impact Award – San Diego Magazine and Univision San Diego, October 2015
Outstanding Service by New Lawyer – San Diego County Bar Association, May 2015
Best of the Bar – San Diego Business Journal, April 2015
Latinos Making a Difference in San Diego – San Diego Magazine and Univision San Diego, October 2014
Best of the Bar – San Diego Business Journal, June 2014
Top Young Attorneys – San Diego Daily Transcript, November 2013

Professional Associations & Memberships

San Diego La Raza Lawyers Scholarship Foundation, Board of Directors President
San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association
Tom Homann LGBT Law Association, Member
San Diego County Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Fellow
American Bar Association Family Law Division, Member
National LGBT Bar Association, Member (Former Board of Directors Member)

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • U.S. Southern California District

 

Awards and Honors

  • 40 Under 40 – San Diego Metro Magazine, 2015 
  • Latino Impact Award – San Diego Magazine & Univision, 2015
  • Best of the Bar – San Diego Business Journal, 2015 & 2014
  • Outstanding Community Service – San Diego County Bar Association, 2015
  • Latinos Making A Difference – San Diego Magazine & Univision, 2014 & 2013
  • Top Attorney (semi-finalist) – San Diego Daily Transcript, 2014 & 2013
  • Top Young Attorney – San Diego Daily Transcript, 2013

Professional Associations & Membership

  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Tom Homann Law Association, Board of Directors
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Section Chair
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association – Family Law Section, Fellow
  • National LGBT Bar Association, Member
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego, Member