Trisha M. Benson
Trisha M. Benson is a partner with the firm and a distinguished litigator specializing in the defense of claims related to employment practices liability, employment law, professional liability (including accountant liability and cyber liability) and commercial litigation.
Ms. Benson has valuable experience representing and counseling employers in the defense of race, religious, national origin, age, sex, and disability discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims. She has successfully defended claims brought under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as related tort claims. Ms. Benson works closely with clients to develop sound business and employment practices and policies, including employee manuals and employment application forms.
Ms. Benson represents businesses and professionals in trial and pre-trial strategies. Her experience includes representation and counseling regarding malpractice claims, contract claims, non-competition issues, shareholder disputes and trade secret issues.
Ms. Benson’s litigation experience includes trial and appellate work in both state and federal court. As an active member of the legal community, Ms. Benson has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star for two consecutive years. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she teaches Advanced Legal Writing.
Ms. Benson graduated summa cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, receiving a variety of awards, including the Distinguished Student Award; the President’s Achievement Award; the Sol Siegel Award in Contracts; and Certificates of Merit in Contracts I & II, Property I, Evidence, Business Organizations, Remedies, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Research and Writing, and Advanced Writing. The Thomas Cooley Law Review also recognized Ms. Benson with the Outstanding Service Award for her role as Assistant and Managing Editor. Before attending law school, Ms. Benson graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2001, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.
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