Scott Benson recently served two terms on the Minneapolis City Council, where he chaired the Health, Energy and Environment Committee, and became one of the few elected officials in the country to earn a LEED Accredited Professional credential.

Mr. Benson has returned to the full-time practice of law in the areas of securities and complex commercial litigation. He has represented clients in trial courts and arbitration panels throughout the country, securing millions of dollars in recoveries on their behalf. Mr. Benson has also lobbied before the Minnesota State Legislature, administrative agencies and municipal governments.

Mr. Benson was selected as a Super Lawyer from 2011 to 2017 by Minnesota Super Lawyers© as published by Mpls-St. Paul and Twin Cities Business Magazines.*‡

He is a cum laude graduate of St. Olaf College and he received his law degree cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He worked as a commercial trial attorney at Dorsey & Whitney before joining Briol & Benson (formerly Briol & Associates) in 1998.

* According to the Minnesota Judicial Branch, as of June 20, 2015, there were about 28,000 licensed attorneys in Minnesota.

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Professional Experience

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Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., cum laude, 1989

Saint Olaf College
B.A., cum laude, 1983
Elected Member of Blue Key Honor Society
Phi Kappa Delta Speech Honor Society

State of Minnesota
State of Wisconsin
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribal Court, South Dakota

American Bar Association
Minnesota Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Minnesota Lavender Bar Association

Adjunct Professor
St. Olaf College, 2003 – 2004
Taught seminar-level course in local government policy, finance and politics

Adjunct Professor of Law
Hamline University Law School, 1992 – 1995
Taught Insurance Law and Professional Responsibility

Paulucci v. Nelson, No. A16-0043, 2016 WL 4162868 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 8, 2016)
Swanson v. Integrity Advance, 870 N.W.2d 90 (Minn. 2015)
State ex rel. Swanson v. CashCall, Inc., No. A13-2086, 2014 WL 4056028 (Minn. Ct. App. Aug. 18, 2014)
State ex rel. Swanson v. Integrity Advance, LLC, 846 N.W.2d 435 (Minn. Ct. App. 2014), review granted (June 17, 2014)
Marriage of Kazeminy v. Kazeminy, No. A13-1701, 2014 WL 1758366 (Minn. Ct. App. May 5, 2014)
In re Jeno F. Paulucci Revocable Trust,
A12-1545, 2013 WL 1859074 (Minn. Ct. App. May 6, 2013)
Nemadji Research Corp. v. California Reimbursement Enterprises, Inc., A12-0966, 2013 WL 776799 (Minn. Ct. App. Mar. 4, 2013)
U.S. ex rel. Bernard v. Casino Magic Corp., 384 F.3d 510 (8th Cir. 2004)
Casazza v. Kiser, 313 F.3d 414, (8th Cir. 2002)
U.S. ex rel. Bernard v. Casino Magic Corp., 293 F.3d 419 (8th Cir. 2002)
United Health Insurance Co. v. AdvancePCS, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28262 (D. Minn. 2002)
Dominium Austin Partners, LLC v. Lindquist, 2001 WL 950085 (Minn. App. 2001)
Dominium Austin Partners, L.L.C. v. Emerson, 248 F.3d 720 (8th Cir. 2001)
White v. National Football League, 92 F. Supp. 2d 918 (D. Minn. 2000)
All Saint’s Brands, Inc. v. Brewery Group Denmark, A/S, 57 F. Supp. 2d 825 (D. Minn. 1999)
Lilly v. City of Minneapolis, 527 N.W.2d 107 (Minn. Ct. App. 1995)
Environmental Products Corp. v. King Companies, Inc., 1995 U.S. App. LEXIS 3342 (4th Cir. 1995)
Hillcrest Development v. First Bank National Association, 1994 Minn. App. LEXIS 1169, (Minn. Ct. App. 1994)
Prudential Ins. Co. of Am. v. Eden Square Shopping Ctr. Partnership., 524 N.W.2d 513 (Minn. Ct. App. 1994)
Travelers Ins. Co. v. Westridge Mall Co., 994 F.2d 460 (8th Cir. 1993)
International Travel Arrangers v. NWA, Inc., 991 F.2d 1389 (8th Cir. 1993)
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District v. Interpace Corp., 454 N.W.2d 449 (Minn. Ct. App. 1990)
State by Drabik v. Martz, 451 N.W.2d 893 (Minn. Ct. App. 1990)
State by Drabik v. Martz, 447 N.W.2d 475 (Minn. Ct. App. 1989)