Mr. Benson is the Chair of the Firm’s White Collar, Corporate Compliance, and Government Investigations Section. His practice focuses primarily on white collar criminal defense and civil litigation.
A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Benson handles nearly every type of federal criminal case and investigation including government procurement fraud, corruption, environmental crimes, immigration worksite enforcement actions, computer fraud, mail and wire fraud, theft of trade secrets, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud, health care fraud, import and export violations, money laundering, stock market manipulation, Ponzi schemes and various other charges. Along with defending companies and individuals in white collar criminal investigations, Mr. Benson represents clients facing government regulatory investigations and enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Division, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Utah Division of Securities, Utah Division of Consumer Protection and others.
Additionally, Mr. Benson concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation. He has represented corporations and individuals in a wide range of civil matters, including breach of contract claims, partnership disputes, securities fraud and federal qui tam actions under the False Claims Act.
He also assists companies, large and small, to develop corporate programs which implement policies and procedures compliant with relevant state and federal law. His practice includes acting as independent counsel and liaison with federal authorities during a company’s internal investigation.
Aside from regularly appearing in federal court in Utah, Mr. Benson has handled and appeared in a number of federal cases in a wide variety of federal districts across the country including New York, Texas, California, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, DC and Florida.
Mr. Benson has been included on the list of The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in Criminal Defense: White Collar. He has also been selected for inclusion in Mountain States Super Lawyers (2013-2019) in the category of Criminal Defense: White Collar and has been voted by his peers throughout the state as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite,” as published in Utah Business Magazine (2014-2019). He is also a regular guest commentator on The Big Show with Spence Checketts and Gordon Monson (1280 The Zone), providing legal analysis on sports industry related matters.
California Western School of Law, J.D. 2005
University of Utah, B.A. 2001
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United States District Court, District of Utah
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit