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Benson Law Office, LLC
Jeremy Benson

1312 N. Monroe St.
Spokane WA 99201
(509) 252-6002

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Benson Law Office, LLC

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Arthur A. Benson II

Arthur A. Benson II was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 24, 1944.

He was admitted to Missouri Courts in 1969. In 1973, he was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals (Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits).

He graduated from Williams College in 1966 (B.A., with honors), and with a J.D. from Northwestern University in 1969.

His practice areas include Legal Malpractice, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Equal Opportunity, and Commercial Litigation.

He is a recipient of the Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship during 1969-70. He was also the Secretary of Pretrial Diversion Services, Inc. from 1972-1976. At the American Civil Liberties Union of Western Missouri, he was on the General Counsel from 1973-1975, a member of the Board of Directors from 1975-1978. In the Missouri Prairie Foundation, he was Vice President for 1975-1976, and the president during 1976-1979, and 1986-1988. Arthur Benson was also on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Chapter of the Nature Conservancy from 1976-1984. From 1977 to 1979, he was on the Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. From 1977-1982 he was on the Board of Directors of the Council on Education. Since 1978, he has been on the Board of Directors of The Theater League, Inc., and a Vice President since 1980. In 1979, he received the Civil Liberties Award of the ACLU of Western Missouri.

He is also a member of:

  • Kansas City Metropolitian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Missouri
  • American Judicature Society.

Please Call : 509-252-6002

Arthur A. Benson

Arthur A. Benson II

Arthur A. Benson II was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 24, 1944.

He was admitted to Missouri Courts in 1969. In 1973, he was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals (Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Circuits).

He graduated from Williams College in 1966 (B.A., with honors), and with a J.D. from Northwestern University in 1969.

His practice areas include Legal Malpractice, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Equal Opportunity, and Commercial Litigation.

He is a recipient of the Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship during 1969-70. He was also the Secretary of Pretrial Diversion Services, Inc. from 1972-1976. At the American Civil Liberties Union of Western Missouri, he was on the General Counsel from 1973-1975, a member of the Board of Directors from 1975-1978. In the Missouri Prairie Foundation, he was Vice President for 1975-1976, and the president during 1976-1979, and 1986-1988. Arthur Benson was also on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Chapter of the Nature Conservancy from 1976-1984. From 1977 to 1979, he was on the Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. From 1977-1982 he was on the Board of Directors of the Council on Education. Since 1978, he has been on the Board of Directors of The Theater League, Inc., and a Vice President since 1980. In 1979, he received the Civil Liberties Award of the ACLU of Western Missouri.

He is also a member of:

  • Kansas City Metropolitian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Lawyers Association of Kansas City, Missouri
  • American Judicature Society.

Firm Overview

Benson & Associates is a small, civil trial practice firm which limits its practice to representation of plaintiffs in matters of constitutional, civil rights, legal malpractice, and business law. Our clients are primarily individuals or non-profit organizations who cannot afford to pay attorneys fees. Virtually all our work is done on a contingency fee basis.

Our cases range from class action institutional reform issues, such as the Kansas City school desegregation litigation, to helping individuals obtain relief for deprivations they have suffered. Many of our cases are high-profile. Others have effects state-wide and beyond. Our work involves administrative hearings, state and federal trial courts, numerous appeals, and, occasionally, work in the United States Supreme Court.

Over the years we have established important new law involving school desegregation, employment discrimination, race relations, attorneys fees and legal malpractice, with our cases widely cited by courts in Missouri and around the nation. Our practice is tightly focused on philosophically principled areas which lawyers in this firm support as appropriate for expanding liberty and equality for those who most need the assistance our judicial system can provide. We like to think that we offer a high degree of legal expertise to those who can least afford it.

Some cases that best represent our practice are:

  • Missouri v. Jenkins, 491 U.S. 274 (1989) (Jenkins I) (affirming award of attorney fees) and Missouri v. Jenkins, 495 U.S. 33 (1990) (Jenkins II) (affirming tax order) (school desegregation, involving nation's most extensive remedial orders, valued at over $1.8 billion);

  • Jenkins v. Missouri, 216 F.3d 720 (8th Circuit 2000) (en banc) (reversing dismissal of case without a hearing);

  • Cook v. Gralike, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 99-929, on certiorari from the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, unanimous decision, February 28, 2001 declaring unconstitutional Missouri state constitutional amendment requiring labels on ballots of congressional candidates concerning candidates' political position on specific amendment to the United States constitution proposed by U.S. Term Limits, Inc.);

  • Hampton v. Dillard's, 247 F.3d 1091 (10th Circuit 2001) affirming, 18 F.Supp.2d 1256 (Kan. 1998) (denying Dillard's post-trial motions in section 1981 "shopping while black" race discrimination verdict of $1,156,000; argued on appeal in the Tenth Circuit on Novermber 18, 1999);

  • Ashley v. Boyle's Famous Corned Beef Company, 66 F.3d 164 (8th Cir. 1995) (en banc opinion in employment discrimination case);

  • Donahue v. Shughart, Thompson, and Kilroy, 900 S.W.2d 624 (Mo. banc 1995) (establishing in Missouri the right of some non-clients to sue attorneys for negligence);

  • Jenkins v. Missouri, 127 F.3d 709 (8th Cir. 1997) (seventh of eight precedent setting attorneys fees decisions by the Eighth Circuit);

  • Slone v. Herman, 983 F.2d 107 (8th Cir. 1993) (right of prisoner not released when state court ordered release to sue prison officials and their state lawyers for damages);

  • Planned Parenthood of Mid-Missouri and Eastern Kansas, Inc. v. Dempsey, et al, 137 F. 3d 573 (8th Cir. 1998) (affirming district court's decision denying individual legislators leave to intervene to appeal decision that Missouri's legislative restrictions on family planning funding were unconstitutional).


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