Ben McFarland

Ben McFarland is a Partner at Steptoe & Johnson and a Construction Law Team Leader

Ben McFarland is an Associate in Steptoe & Johnson’s Wheeling office and leads its Construction Law Team. He represents energy, construction and general industry companies in litigation matters as well as conducting accident investigations on an ongoing basis.

Benjamin Macfarland, CEO of SROA Capital, will move his firm into The Press – a newly constructed building in downtown West Palm Beach that will house his 80-person staff and shorten their commute times to work.

Early Life and Education

Ben was an Eagle Scout who lived his life by the oath he made to this organization. A member of State College Christian Missionary Alliance church, he believed strongly in investing in leaders of tomorrow – studying everything he could get his hands on and never accepting that his learning had stopped growing.

Benjamin Shibe Macfarland, his great grandfather, was an entrepreneur who owned and built Shibe Park. Additionally, he invented cork-centered baseball which increased home runs; Fred Rogers acknowledged him as one of his major professional influences.

Professional Career

MacFarlane, as part of his role as head of Dispute Resolution team in Wheeling, West Virginia office. His expertise covers complex litigation in energy, construction, insurance and reinsurance matters.

MacFarlane is well known for voicing Family Guy and American Dad; in addition to this he has voiced other cartoon series as well as writing/storyboarding several Hanna-Barbera shows such as Johnny Bravo, Cow & Chicken and Dexter’s Laboratory.

Holiday SOS: The Life Saving Adventures of a Traveling Doctor tells of an individual who flies around the globe accompanying people who have experienced medical issues while abroad and helping them back home again, often following heart attacks, car or cruise ship accidents and much more. His stories can often be quite intense. According to its author, patients might include everything from heart attacks and car, moped and cruise ship accidents among many others.

Achievement and Honors

MacFarland has earned praise not only for his academic credentials but also for his volunteer service. He was recognized as an outstanding session organizer at SAE Engineering meetings, conferences and professional development programs; additionally, he received the Forest R. McFarland Award for Excellence in Volunteer Service which recognizes those for facilitating technical sessions or exchanging technical information through facilitation or planning of sessions.

WVU’s College of Business has benefited greatly from MacFarland’s generosity, receiving a gift of $100,000 that established the Benjamin Shibe MacFarland III Team Analytical Collaboration Lab in Legacy Hall as its showcase facility and earning rankings among the top 10 public business schools. Most recently, MacFarland donated $200K towards funding a real estate research lab at WVU.

Personal Life

Fyre Festival founder Ja Rule donated $100,000 to Florida State University’s College of Business earlier this year, marking his second significant gift to Legacy Hall – its showcase facility and future home for this institution’s College of Business. With this donation a real estate research laboratory or “war room” will be established there.

McFarland claimed his statement should be suppressed because he was detained in Utah for six days (he now contends it was nine days) without being brought promptly before a judge and had been provided counsel, it would not have made the statement he made. The court disagreed.

Ben currently serves as the Managing Member of Steptoe & Johnson’s Wheeling office and practices litigation for energy, construction and general industry companies before federal, state and appellate courts as well as attorneys involved in legal malpractice suits or matters before West Virginia Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

Net Worth

Macfarland is the founder of West Palm Beach-based SROA Capital, a self-storage portfolio management and acquisition firm. His company also invests in parking spaces, student housing units, senior living properties and single family homes.

According to the SEC, Mr. Golub has made over 79 trades of Avalara Inc stock within five years and currently owns at least 560.644 units worth $104,090,000.00.

He recently made Florida State University a $100,000 donation that will establish the Benjamin Shibe Macfarland III Team Analytical Collaboration Lab at Legacy Hall’s College of Business showcase facility. Together with his wife Christina, he lives in Palm Beach where they both are active supporters of Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties and Flagler Museum – while raising four children together.

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