Mr. Benson is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas


  • California, 1975
  • Pennsylvania, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd and 9th Circuits, 1981


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1971
  • University of Delaware


  • Certified Specialist, Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Associations and memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member, Immigration Section; Member, Executive Committee, 2002 – 2003 and 2011-2016)
  • State Bar of California (Member, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section)
  • California Board of Legal Specialization (Member, Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission, 2000 – 2004; Chair, 2003 – 2004)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association


  • Immigration Legal Assistance Project, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1986 to present


  • “Naturalization Derivative Status,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2003
  • “Lunch with the Experts,” Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration Section, 2007
  • “Widows & Other Survivors of Deceased Petitioners” Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration Section Family Law Symposium, 2011

Government Experience

  • General Attorney (Nationality), Immigration and Naturalization Service, Los Angeles, California, 1976 – 1980