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Leslie A. Benitez

Office Co-Managing Partner

(512) 582-6471
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Austin
816 Congress Avenue
Suite 1510
Austin, TX 78701


Education

J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1977

B.A., with honors, The University of Texas at Austin, 1974 

Honors 

Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™,
Martindale-Hubbell

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Personal Injury Defense: Products and Appellate (2006-2012, 2014-2018)

The Best Lawyers in America© distinction in Appellate Practice (2009-2019)

Leslie Benitez is a partner in Gordon & Rees’ Drug & Medical Device and Tort & Product Liability practice groups, representing clients in statewide and national litigation. She has spent decades representing pharmaceutical companies in a wide variety of products liability litigation and mass torts around the nation. She also has handled products liability cases for a diverse range of products that includes child safety seats, farm equipment, cosmetics, and automobiles and their components, as well as defended health care liability claims against health care facilities. She has extensive motion and appellate experience in product liability and tort cases, and has coordinated legal defenses of her clients at trial and on appeal. She has argued in Texas appeals courts as well as the United States Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to entering private practice, Leslie served as General Counsel to the Governor of Texas. She also served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, where she was Chief of the Law Enforcement Division. She also served as a Briefing and Research Attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Admissions

Texas
U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships

DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, Drug & Medical Device Steering Committee

Community Involvement

The University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association, former Executive Committee Member

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Contact

(512) 582-6471

lbenitez@grsm.com


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Austin

Education

J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 1977

B.A., with honors, The University of Texas at Austin, 1974 

Honors 

Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™,
Martindale-Hubbell

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Personal Injury Defense: Products and Appellate (2006-2012, 2014-2018)

The Best Lawyers in America© distinction in Appellate Practice (2009-2019)

Leslie A. Benitez

Office Co-Managing Partner

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Biography

Leslie Benitez is a partner in Gordon & Rees’ Drug & Medical Device and Tort & Product Liability practice groups, representing clients in statewide and national litigation. She has spent decades representing pharmaceutical companies in a wide variety of products liability litigation and mass torts around the nation. She also has handled products liability cases for a diverse range of products that includes child safety seats, farm equipment, cosmetics, and automobiles and their components, as well as defended health care liability claims against health care facilities. She has extensive motion and appellate experience in product liability and tort cases, and has coordinated legal defenses of her clients at trial and on appeal. She has argued in Texas appeals courts as well as the United States Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to entering private practice, Leslie served as General Counsel to the Governor of Texas. She also served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, where she was Chief of the Law Enforcement Division. She also served as a Briefing and Research Attorney for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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Admissions

Texas
U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third, Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships

DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, Drug & Medical Device Steering Committee

Community Involvement

The University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association, former Executive Committee Member

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