An associate at HSG, Kevin Benish focuses his practice on matters involving transnational litigation, civil procedure, antitrust, and constitutional law. As part of his active pro bono practice, Kevin recently represented a Syrian asylee in challenges to the Trump Administration’s executive orders prohibiting travel by citizens of Syria and other countries. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Law, where he co-teaches the school’s International Litigation and Arbitration course.
What’s the most challenging experience you’ve had at HSG?
So far, the greatest challenge I’ve faced has been counselling a client—an asylum seeker—on matters in which he and his family were risking their lives. Supporting a client faced with literal life‑or‑death situations is not something you’re taught about in law school, but the experience certainly made me a better lawyer and I’m grateful that my clients’ story has a happy ending.
What’s the most interesting case you’ve worked on over the course of your career?
I’ve been very fortunate to work on many interesting cases since starting at HSG just over a year ago, but the most interesting case that I’ve worked on so far is a consumer class action case in which I’ve had the privilege of representing the named plaintiffs in opposing the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case. The defendants raised a number of constitutional challenges to the plaintiffs’ claims, and I was given the opportunity to both brief and argue the plaintiffs’ case in federal court.
When you’re not practicing law, what’s your favorite pastime?
I love to work out, and enjoy weightlifting almost as much as I enjoy being a litigator.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I grew up on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin, which often surprises people.
Graduated From: New York University School of Law (Class of 2016)
Accolades: Managing Editor, NYU Law Review; Donald L. Brown Scholar; Albert Podell Best-Written Brief Award, NYU Marden Moot Court Competition; Judge Rose L. & Herbert Rubin Law Review Prize; Weinfield Prize for Scholarship in Procedure and Courts