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Bethany Benes

Associate
(703) 934-1118

Bethany is a member of the firm’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.  She 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, and in 2016, 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.

As a former law clerk in Virginia’s busiest trial court, Bethany has a unique understanding of Virginia trial practice, and uses this knowledge to formulate efficient and beneficial strategies for her clients.  While the process of litigation has become well known to Bethany, she understands the stresses it causes clients.  To reduce the unknowns and alleviate any anxiety a client may experience, Bethany makes it a priority to be available to her clients to educate and communicate with them about each step of the litigation process.

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.

Education

  • J.D., with honors, American University, Washington College of Law
  • B.S., George Mason University

Bar Associations

  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Women Attorney Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association

Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Eastern District of Virginia
  • Western District of Virginia
  • Virginia Business Magazine, Legal Elite: 2014, 2015 and 2016
  • Chair of Northern Virginia Pro Bono Hotline
  • Chair of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors for Britepaths, formerly known as Our Daily Bread, Inc.
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Women Attorney Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association

Disputes Between Members of an LLC. William J. Bethune and Bethany R. Benes are presenting a one-hour CLE on September 25, 2017 sponsored by Lawline and entitled, Disputes Between Members of an LLC: “Divorcing” from your business partner in Virginia.  The course focuses on the alternative strategies of judicial expulsion of the problem member or dissolution of the business, including the pros and cons of each alternative and common elements and defense strategies.