Bethany Benes focuses her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, trusts and estates litigation, property litigation, construction litigation, trade secrets and IP litigation, and appeals.
Benes is experienced in handling high-profile and complex cases, and in 2016, was a member of the litigation team that obtained the largest jury verdict in Virginia, as reported in Virginia Lawyers Weekly. She has experience litigating cases in state and federal courts in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and has been involved in multiple cases before the Virginia Supreme Court. Benes has consistently been recognized as one of Virginia’s Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine since 2014, and was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters in 2019 and 2020. She was also recently recognized as a “Top Attorney” by the Washington Post.
While at American University, Benes was involved in the trial advocacy program, including the Mock Trial Honor Society. She served as a summer law clerk to Judge Nelson W. Rupp of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, and clerked for the Judge Bruce D. White of the Fairfax County Circuit Court after graduating. Benes teaches Trial Advocacy at the law school.
- J.D.American University - Washington College of Law2013
- B.S.George Mason University2007
Faculty in the News
Naomi R. Cahn, Opinion: What Parents Are Really Getting From the GOP’s ‘Parents’ Rights’ Agenda (CNN)
Saikrishna Prakash, Why Charges Against Trump Don’t Prevent Him From Running for President (The Hill)