Levi Benton & Associates
Areas of Expertise:
✔ Appellate ✔ Banking & finance
✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Construction
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Defamation (Libel & Slander)
✔ Employment ✔ Energy including oil and gas
✔ Engineering ✔ Environmental
✔ Executive Compensation ✔ Family Businesses
✔ Franchise ✔ Health Care
✔ Industrial ✔ Insurance
✔ Joint Ventures ✔ Landlord/Tenant
✔ Legal Malpractice ✔ Media & Communications
✔ Mergers & Acquisitions ✔ Non-profit Organizations
✔ Nursing Homes ✔ Partnerships
✔ Personal Injury ✔ Premises Liability
✔ Probate ✔ Professional Fees
✔ Professional Liability ✔ Professional Negligence
✔ Real Estate ✔ Securities
✔ Shareholder Disputes ✔ Sports
✔ Taxation ✔ Telecommunications
✔ Title Disputes ✔ Torts
✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes ✔ Transportation
✔ Trusts/Estates ✔ Workers Compensation
A vast amount of experience in litigation and arbitration, in matters involving corporate and other business entity type governance, commercial banking, finance, corporations, partnerships, corporate dissolution, contract negotiation, business law, employment, architecture, engineering, procurement, construction, real estate, insurance, transportation, healthcare and oil & gas and environmental laws and regulations. Experienced and efficient Emergency Arbitrator. Active ADR practice in Texas (but available anywhere business is conducted.) Arbitrated and mediated numerous complex civil multiparty cases.
Member, Levi Benton & Associates PLLC, 2012-present; Of Counsel, Mahomes Bolden PC, April 2018 - December 2018; Member, Benton Massey, LLP / PLLC, 2010-12; Partner, Strasburger & Price, LLP, 2009-10; Judge, 215th District Court, State of Texas, 1999-2008; Director, Phillips & Akers, PC, 1992-99.
AAA ACE 19 Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019; Exercises for Improving Impartiality: Becoming a Better Arbitrator, 2019; Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor: Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018; ICDR Looking Ahead: Effectively Arbitrating Complex Disputes in the Global Energy Sector, 2017; Out of Sight, Out of Mind: What You Need to Know about Preventing and Arbitrating Business-to-Business (“B2B”) Data Breaches, 2017; Getting It Right - Secrets to Writing Better Construction Awards, 2016; AAA Best Practices Franchise Arbitration, 2015; ICDR International Symposium in Advanced Case Management Issues, 2014; AAA Nuts & Bolts of Delivering Managed and Accountable Care, 2014; 11th Annual ICDR Miami International Arbitration Conference-International Dispute Resolution in the Americas, 2013; AAA Webinar, Employment & Labor Case Law Update: What Arbitrators and Practitioners Need to Know, 2013; AAA Regaining Speed and Economy in Dispute Resolution, 2011; AAA, The Ethics Behind "Better, Faster, Cheaper" in ADR, 2011; AAA Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New Arbitrators, 2010.
Texas - 1992
Trial Judge of the Year, Texas Association of Civil Trial & Appellate Specialists (TACTAS), 2004. Best Civil Trial Judge, Houston Press, 2005.
American Arbitration Association Employment, Commercial and Construction Panels
Houston Maritime Arbitration Association
1992--J.D., South Texas College of Law 1980--B.B.A., Accounting, Texas A& M University -Kingsville, Texas
Will not charge for travel time where there is a non-stop flight to and from city of final hearing and Houston, Tex.