Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that its shareholders have elected Rich Benenson to become the firm’s next managing partner effective July 1, 2019. Benenson will spend the next six months transitioning his practice and working with Adam Agron, the firm’s managing partner since 2013, and the management team to ensure a smooth succession of firm leadership.
“This transition comes on the heels of our 50th anniversary and we are confident that Rich is the right leader to propel us forward into our next 50 years,” said Agron. “Rich has a legacy of contributing to the growth and success of the firm. Throughout his career at Brownstein, Rich has proven himself to be a highly effective lawyer, business person, leader and most importantly, an exceptional person who embodies the firm’s core values. We expect to see great things from him as he helps guide the firm into the next generation.”
A business litigator, Benenson’s experience includes headline and groundbreaking cases. He’s known for his successful track record defending companies in complex litigation, antitrust, consumer protection, business torts, class actions and securities matters. He also helps clients avoid litigation by advising them on consumer protection, compliance and audit topics and strategies.
Prior to joining the firm, Benenson was an associate at two Am Law 100 firms. He joined Brownstein in 2002 as an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department before leaving in 2005 to serve as senior vice president and general counsel of The Shaffer Companies. Benenson re-joined the firm in 2007, was promoted to counsel, income shareholder and then equity shareholder. He was named chair of the firm’s Litigation Department in 2013 and joined its Executive Committee in 2017.
Benenson earned his law degree from the University of Maryland Law School where he was the valedictorian of his class. He earned his MBA at the University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business and his bachelor’s degree from Miami University.