The underlying education was the primary reason for the desire to first become an attorney. Obviously, to make a good living and enjoy what you do is the ultimate career. I have found that becoming an attorney was half the battle, becoming a great attorney involves mastering the art of legal persuasion, which is best acquired by experience, and years of training. The reward of client satisfaction truly makes me happy. I had a very strong influence with my Father, Joseph L. Benson, Sr. who also is a personal injury lawyer (and recently received the 2011 Nevada Lifetime Achievement Award). He was instrumental in my decisions throughout my young adulthood and early law practice.
What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?
Certainly, every case has different legal issues, which mold a better legal mind. Handling thousands of different cases helps me understand and narrow the legal issues that emerge in a new case. Trial and litigation experience has helped me formulate what is important in the litigation process so that unnecessary expenses are cut, and that crucial evidence is presented by the legal requirements under Nevada law. With over 24 jury trials under my belt, you start to understand strategy and evidence presentation?and the real importance of jury selection. The more trials a lawyer is involved in helps shape and hone his craft.
What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?
A drunk driver critically injured my brother in high school, and that experience helped me want to help others. The law is unique and often not clear cut--many times the facts fall in the gray area?so it takes a creative mind to find solutions and a liability hook to make a case valuable. Taking a case that seems like a loser and making your client a winner is the best.
What makes your law firm unique?
I still consider us a boutique law firm, even though we have grown to have 4 offices and 23 employees in Southern and Northern Nevada; our lawyers have the same client driven philosophy. We have always maintained the motto that what distinguishes us from others is our concern for our clients and that we will go over the top to make them happy. Where we really shine are the complicated cases, where our experience makes all the difference. Our Internet reviews tell the story?anything but 5 stars is unacceptable. Client service is what we do best.
Describe your ideal client.
There is no such thing as an ideal client, but perhaps an ideal set of facts for a particular case. Given the business of personal injury, our clients are victims of other people's carelessness and bad choices. It is very rewarding to help those who need it most. We handle clients from every background and every economic group. Clients who can communicate effectively usually make better clients given they need to express their issues to a jury?this ultimately is the reason we are all here. When you do personal injury as I have now for nearly 18 years, you see the gambit of personalities and you really learn about the medical profession and its treatment?that medicine, while considered a science, is more of an art, and many in that profession are better at directing the healing process than others.