Ben Ried counsels, leads, and collaborates in a broad-based transactional practice. He primarily assists public entities that issue tax-exempt debt obligations to finance and refinance projects, ranging from small bank loans for rural sewer authorities to larger public offerings for municipalities, school districts, and community colleges. Ben represents continuing care retirement communities, volunteer fire departments, and other nonprofit corporations that are permitted to benefit from tax-exempt financing. He also serves as counsel to banks, underwriters, and trustees in both full and limited-scope engagements.
Ben represents Pennsylvania municipalities and authorities on structuring the delivery and financing of public sewer, water, and stormwater services. From creating and modifying powers of authorities to establishing stormwater management programs, Ben helps navigate the intersection of numerous municipal statutes to achieve optimum delivery of essential public services.
Fluent in Spanish, he dedicates part of his practice to representing Latin American businesses operating in or seeking market entry into the United States, and vice versa. Ben facilitates compliance with U.S. laws and regulations in order to achieve objectives for clients in Mexico and countries throughout Central and South America. Ben connects U.S.-based clients to attorneys and tax professionals in those countries while leading the representation domestically.
Ben takes pride in being a servant leader in his community. He served on the steering committee to merge the two volunteer fire companies in Mechanicsburg Borough and was elected to the Board of Directors of the consolidated Mechanicsburg Volunteer Fire Department as an honorary member. He is the Immediate Past President of the Board of The Wildcat Foundation which raises funds for Mechanicsburg Area School District. Ben has turned a passion for capturing wildlife on video into public service as a Conservation Volunteer through the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, working closely with Tuscarora State Forest on its remote camera wildlife monitoring program. Check out his wildlife videos here.
- Widener University School of Law, J.D.
- State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A.
- Michigan State University, Master Certificate in Global Supply Chain Management
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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On August 4, 2022, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania overturned a June 2021 Pennsylvania Prevailing Wage Appeals Board decision that effectively applied prevailing wages to conduit-financed 501(c)(3) construction projects throughout the Commonwealth.
The law firm of Mette, Evans & Woodside recently announced that attorney Benjamin A. Ried has joined the firm as a shareholder.