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- Bethany Benes
Bethany is a member of McCandlish Lillard’s civil litigation practice group and focuses her practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation, trusts and estates litigation, property litigation, construction litigation, trade secrets and IP litigation, and appeals. In recent years, Bethany has been heavily involved in litigating limited liability company member disputes, including both prosecuting and defending claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, statutory dissociation, dissolution, and minority member oppression. Bethany is licensed to practice in all Virginia state trial courts, as well as the Eastern District of Virginia and Western District of Virginia.
Bethany is experienced in handling high profile and complex cases. In 2016, Bethany was a member of the litigation team that obtained the largest jury verdict in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as reported in Virginia Lawyers Weekly. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Bethany was recognized as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine.
In addition to her legal work, Bethany is a leader in several bar and community associations. She is an active member of The Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, the Fairfax Bar Association, and the Virginia Women Attorney’s Association. Bethany is currently serving as the Chair of Northern Virginia Pro Bono Hotline and was the former Chair of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors for Britepaths (formerly known as Our Daily Bread, Inc.) In 2015, Bethany led McCandlish Lillard’s participation in the Virginia Statewide Legal Food Frenzy and earned first place for firms of its same size, as well as overall winner for all firms in the entire Northern Virginia Region.
A native of Northern Virginia, Bethany received a Bachelor of Science from George Mason University before receiving her law degree from American University, Washington College of Law. While at American, Bethany was involved in the trial advocacy program, including the Mock Trial Honor Society. In addition to serving as a summer law clerk to the Honorable Nelson W. Rupp of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, following law school, Bethany clerked for the Honorable Bruce D. White of the Fairfax County Circuit Court.
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