Dan Benson’s practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation, including credit market, securities, intellectual property, mass tort and environmental disputes, on behalf of corporations, financial institutions and individuals in federal and state courts and arbitrations throughout the country. Dan, a co-founder of the firm, was one of the firm’s attorneys featured in The American Lawyer
cover story in August 2004 entitled “Fast Rise To The Top.” Dan has also been selected to New York Super Lawyers
2012 and has been recognized as a national and local “litigation star” by Benchmark Plaintiff
2012 and 2013.
Dan conceived, helped negotiate and drafted the 1996 and 1997 ground-breaking tobacco settlements on behalf of cigarette manufacturer Liggett. Liggett’s settlements, which led to the industry-wide multi-state tobacco settlement, represented a public health landmark and a uniquely successful litigation and business strategy for the company. Dan also directed the litigation strategy that resulted in 2004 in one of the largest settlements ever in an environmental case on behalf of residents of an Alabama
town contaminated by dangerous chemicals.
Dan currently is representing clients in a variety of disputes relating to the credit market crisis, including disputes over acquisition financings, auction-rate securities and market manipulation, as well as in major intellectual property and toxic tort litigation.
He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Commentary
magazine, one of the country’s leading magazines of opinion and culture.