Lee H. Benedict

Mr. Benedict joined the firm in 2002. With more than 30 years experience as a business attorney, Lee’s practice encompasses virtually all areas of commercial transactions and activities, including advising senior management of client companies on structuring commercial transactions, establishing negotiation and dispute resolution strategies, and integrating legal considerations with business objectives.

Practice Areas

Mr. Benedict practices in the following areas of the law:

  • Corporate (including partnerships and LLCs)
  • Acquisitions and sales of businesses (M&A)
  • Raising venture capital (private placements of debt and equity)
  • Securities law compliance (e.g. employee stock bonuses and options)
  • Tax exempt entities (charities and business leagues)
  • Real estate (contracts, transactions and disputes) and zoning (issues arising in real estate practice)
  • Business succession planning
  • Commercial leasing
  • Computer software development
  • Franchising

Education and Court Admissions:

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1974
  • Yale University, B.A. cum laude, 1971
  • Lincoln High School, Portland Oregon, grade 12, 1966-67
  • Public Schools of Palo Alto, California grades K-3, 6-11
  • Cantonal Schools of Zurich Switzerland, grades 4-5 (instruction in German and Schwiizerdütsch)

Mr. Benedict is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Previous Employment:

  • Gebhardt & Smith, LLP, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Gordon Feinblatt, LLC, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Ames, Hill & Ames, Washington DC (law school student intern, summers and school years)

Representative Cases

Representing financial institutions and borrowers in commercial lending Outside general counsel to, among other clients:

  • Trucking company
  • Concrete construction/repair company
  • Warehousing company
  • Nursing home chain
  • Forest products wholesale distribution company
  • Newspaper and magazine distributor
  • Freight forwarder/NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier)
  • Individual restaurants and local restaurant chains
  • Telemarketing company
  • Private art gallery/dealer
  • Custom furniture and fixture design/build firm
  • Representing professional practices and commercial/real estate firms in their organization, changes of ownership, sales and liquidations
  • Representing employers in negotiating employment and severance agreements
  • Representing property owners in riparian rights, boundary line and easement disputes
  • Representing property owners in negotiations of property subdivision by developers
  • Represented owner in sale of marina
  • Effected merger of insurance company subsidiary and parent company
  • Organized franchise network of management consulting offices in the United States, Europe Canada and Mexico
  • Represented logistics subsidiary in contested separation from parent company
  • Represented race track and luxury country compound owner in successful property tax assessment appeals
  • Oversaw liquidation of substantial portfolio of residential rental properties by an estate
  • Represented tax sale purchasers of real estate in proceedings to foreclose rights of redemption
  • Co-counsel in estate tax refund litigation in US District Court over valuation of two farms in Anne Arundel County, Maryland
  • Represented citizens group in historic preservation of segregated school house in Charles County, Maryland, that originally served an African-American community
  • Organized national tattoo industry trade association
  • Represented developer in startup of social media website