Mr. Benjamin began his career as a big firm lawyer, and was most recently a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. His vast experience involves trying and litigating a variety of cases with many levels of complexity. He has successfully litigated antitrust class actions involving direct purchaser plaintiffs, indirect purchaser plaintiffs, and numerous state attorneys general. He has handled class action wage and hour cases, multi-plaintiff cases under the Private Attorney General’s Act, and multi-plaintiff and single-plaintiff matters. Mr. Benjamin has practiced in state court, numerous federal courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, before arbitrators, Administrative Law Judges, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Public Employment Relations Board. He has represented all of his clients by employing the same tenacity, focus, attention to detail, and rigor; regardless of the size of the case or the amount of money at issue.
Before attending law school, Mr. Benjamin attended the University of California at Berkeley. At Cal, Mr. Benjamin was an All Pac-10 wide receiver, punt returner, and kick off returner. He played every game during his four-year playing career and broke several records along the way. More importantly, Mr. Benjamin committed to mentoring youth in West Oakland by mentoring Roy Haskins at McClymonds High School. Mr. Benjamin became a spokesperson for the Athletic Speaker’s Bureau, Touchdowns For Kids, and Stiles Hall. Mr. Benjamin was honored with the Brett E. Merriman Award for his commitment to community service.
After Cal, Mr. Benjamin pursued a career in the NFL and enjoyed time with the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, and the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. After leaving football, Mr. Benjamin worked for Siebel Systems, Inc., a market-leading Fortune 500 company before being bought by Oracle. Mr. Benjamin also created, owned, and managed several companies; including a real estate company, an investment and asset management company, and a trucking and brokerage company. These lasting relationships and experiences led to Mr. Benjamin representing professional athletes with respect to their business transactions, as well as connecting them with opportunities and resources to carry them beyond their playing years. Mr. Benjamin has also been involved with consulting with start-ups and providing business advice to entrepreneurs.
Mr. Benjamin is a graduate of the University of California at Hastings College of the Law. He graduated with a concentration in civil litigation, he participated in Hastings’s renowned Civil Justice Clinic, and he externed for the well-respected Honorable Thelton Henderson of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. While in law school, Mr. Benjamin participated as a mentor in Alameda County’s diversion program for first time drug offenders.
Mr. Benjamin began his legal career at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, and continued his career at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass. He started the Benjamin Law Group after spending almost three years as a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco.
Mr. Benjamin has remained active in business and his community throughout his legal career. He has also been active in supporting various political candidates and political action committees. Most notably, in 2007 and 2008, Mr. Benjamin was an active fundraiser during President Obama’s first presidential race. He was also involved with fundraising for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, as well as other successful local and state-level campaigns.
Mr. Benjamin is also currently enjoying his second term as a Board member for the Charles Houston Bar Association, he recently joined the Board for the California Association of Black Lawyers, and he is on the Advisory Board for the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Diversity Pipeline Programs. Mr. Benjamin is also a very active member of the California Football Alumni Club, he is often speaking on panels and speaking with students about the practice of law, and he continues to mentor students at all levels of education.