Roberta J. Benson concentrates her litigation practice on representation of professional liability insurers in both coverage litigation and claims defense and management. She represents domestic, Lloyd’s and Swiss insurers in federal and state courts throughout the United States as well as in arbitrations. In addition to lawyers’ professional liability claims, Ms. Benson’s broad-based litigation experience also includes first-party defense of disability, life and property insurers in coverage and extracontractual claims as well as in class actions and multidistrict litigation.
Ms. Benson specializes in providing efficient and innovative service to sophisticated clients for whom litigation is the “ordinary course” of business and who demand not just high-quality legal work but effective management tools such as accurate litigation budgets and quantitative decision models for settlement evaluations.
Ms. Benson is admitted to practice in Texas (1993) and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She was also honored as one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women of Texas” by the National Diversity Council (2011).
Ms. Benson received her J.D. (1992) from George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the law review and the Order of the Coif. She holds an M.S. in systems management (1987) from the University of Southern California. Prior to law school, Ms. Benson served as a U.S. Air Force officer developing air and space defense systems, and then worked as a systems engineer with Hughes Helicopters and Singer/Link Flight Simulation. She received her B.S. in computer science (1978), summa cum laude, from Syracuse University.