Sara Benson is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Ms. Benson focuses her practice on commercial litigation and dispute resolution matters. Ms. Benson has assisted clients in complex commercial disputes, purported class actions, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and transactions, Fair Housing Act (FHA) investigations, commercial landlord tenant matters and D.C. real estate disputes, among others.
Ms. Benson’s recent representative matters include:
- participating in a team representing a privatized military housing operator defending against purported class actions alleging mold exposure to residents on U.S. military bases
- defending multifamily housing developers in actions involving compliance with the FHA and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- advising clients on accessing records via the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and appealing adverse FOIA decisions
- navigating fiduciary duty claims and excessive fee claims under ERISA
- litigating commercial landlord tenant matters
- assisting clients in domestic trademark registration and prosecution
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Benson served as a judicial law clerk with the Honorable Michael J. Newman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
During law school, Ms. Benson gained experience advocating for community groups at the school's First Amendment Clinic. She also served as a notes editor of the Washington University Jurisprudence Review. In addition, she served as a teaching fellow for the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.
- Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D., cum laude
- University of Michigan, B.A., Communications and Psychology
- District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- Dean's Leadership Award, Washington University School of Law, 2020
- Mary Collier Hitchcock Prize, Washington University Jurisprudence Review, 2020
- Dean's List, Washington University School of Law, 2018-2019
- James B. Angell Scholar, University of Michigan, 2014-2017