Eugene J. Benick has re-joined Finkelstein ThompsonLLP in an of counsel role, bringing his over ten years of litigation and legal experience back to the firm’s antitrust, consumer fraud, and securities litigation practices.
Mr. Benick started his career with Finkelstein Thompson LLP with a focus on consumer fraud litigation. He was part of the team of attorneys that prepared the prevailing brief in Krottner v. Starbucks Corp., 628 F.3d 1139 (9th Cir. 2010). He then spearheaded the firm’s bank overdraft fee litigation, which resulted in a number of favorable settlements: Fifth Third Bank ($9.5 million settlement fund and $100 million in injunctive relief), Bank of Oklahoma ($19 million settlement fund), MidFirst Bank ($2.1 million settlement fund, $1 million in forgiven indebtedness, and $4 million in injunctive relief), and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico ($425 thousand settlement fund).
Mr. Benick then was heavily involved in the discovery phase of a number of the firm’s antitrust matters, including In re Photochromic Lens Antitrust Litigation (MDL 2173), In re Pool Products Distribution Market Litigation (MDL 2328), In re Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litigation (MDL 2437), and In re Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation (MDL 2481).
While away from the firm, Mr. Benick represented businesses of varying sizes in Virginia and the District of Columbia. His practice involved a balance of government contracts, business transactions, and litigation. He advised clients on the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), as well as contracts, leases, and other corporate documents. He also litigated a number of matters, which involved first-chairing a number of trials. In 2018, Mr. Benick was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in Business Litigation in Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Benick has also been involved with the publication of a number of legal texts. He is the author of the discovery chapter in the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law’s Indirect Purchaser Litigation Handbook (2d ed. 2016). He also edited the chapter on third-party discovery for the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law’s Antitrust Discovery Handbook (3d ed. 2013). While in law school he authored The Flood After the Storm: The Hurricane Katrina Homeowners’ Insurance Litigation, 4 Am. U. Wash. C. L. Bus. L. Br. 49 (2007).
Mr. Benick majored in Political Science at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He then graduated law school from the Washington College of Law at American University. While in law school, Mr. Benick interned at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia under the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth. He also clerked for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Division and was a summer associate with the American International Group (AIG) and Finkelstein Thompson LLP.
Mr. Benick is admitted to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He practices in the Washington, D.C. office.
American University, J.D., Cum Laude
The Richard Stockton College of NJ, B.A., 2005, Summa Cum Laude
District of Columbia 2009